The IBSA World Games: A Round Up

The IBSA World Games: A Round Up

The University of Birmingham was incredibly proud to host the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games during the last two weeks of August, during which we welcomed over 1250 blind and partially-sighted athletes from 70 countries onto campus. The IBSA World Games are an international multi-sport event that occurs every four years and enables blind and partially-sighted athletes to compete in a number of sports.

As well as welcoming Men’s Blind Football, Women’s Blind Football, Judo, Archery and Showdown onto campus – 5 of the 10 sports! – we also hosted a ‘Give it a Go’ Activation Zone, where people were encouraged to try out a variety of sports throughout the second week of competition.

Judo and Men’s Blind Football, which took place in our Munrow Arena and on the Bournbrook 3G pitches respectively, were particularly hotly-contested events, as they formed part of the qualification process for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

As the IBSA’s President, Ilgar Rahimov, stated in his speech during the Closing Ceremony, we were fortunate to host and witness “sporting excellence every day”, as participating athletes “excited and inspired the world.”

University of Birmingham Sport thoroughly enjoyed the buzz that The IBSA World Games brought to our facilities and hope that our members and the wider community managed to get involved in some of the action!

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Swim club group photo, wearing new balance kits on red backgroundCategoriesEvents Student News

A Stellar Season For The Swim Club This Summer

A Stellar Season For The Swim Club This Summer

The swimming strokes have been in full force this summer, with students competing in a number of events across the UK and beyond! From the British Swimming Championships and the Island Games, to the World Deaf Swimming Championships and World Aquatic Championships, we are so proud of the Club’s achievements this season.




The National Summer Meet is Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year. Taking place across 2 – 6 August this year, the Summer Meet forms part of a swimming competition structure in Great Britain whereby the top ranked swimmers are invited to compete at the British Swimming Summer Championships.


Five students from the Swimming Club competed; Adrian Ting, Ben Newell, San Menzer, Ellie Sibbald and Ella Jenkins. We saw some incredible swims across the five days, with strong performances in both the heats and the finals. 

The squad came away with three club records, two gold medals , one fourth place finish and two top ten finishes. 

A superb way to finish the season that as undoubtedly been the Club’s most successful season ever, with 75 club records set and record high levels of representation and participation at meets of all levels. 

Coach Gary Humpage with arm around swim student Adrian Ting

Coach Gary Humpage (left) and Adrian Ting (right)



Earlier this month,Lucy Jordan-Caws headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to compete in the sixth World Deaf Swimming Championships. Alongside intensive training, across the summer Lucy spent time fundraising to cover the costs associated with competing. With generous donations from friends, family and organisations including the Rob George Foundation, she successfully met her fundraising target.   


Lucy gave it her all against some tough competition, finishing in 6th place in 200m butterfly, 11th in 100m butterfly, 13th in 50m backstroke and 16th in 50m butterfly and setting two personal bests and two season bests in the process. 


She will now be focusing her time towards qualifying for the 2025 Deaflympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Lucy Jordan-Caws standing infront of World Deaf Swimming Championships board
Lucy Jordan -Caws swimming



July saw Elite Swimming Scholar, Ollie Morgan, travel to Fukuoka, Japan to represent Great Britain at the World Aquatic Championships.  Ollie has had an incredible season, becoming a x3 British Champion at the British Swimming Championships and becoming the second-fastest British man in history to swim the 50m backstroke earlier this year.


Ollie made it all the way to the semi-finals in Japan, securing 9th place in both his 100m backstroke (Olympic A qualifying time) and 200m backstroke (Olympic B qualifying time) – what an incredible result! His next goal is to be selected for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Close up shot of Ollie Morgan wearing red swim cap and goggles on head
Ollie Morgan pictured swimming mid backstroke, coming up for air

Photo creds: Mines Kasapoglu

The team start back training in September to prepare for BUCS and Swim England Winter Nationals, and long term preparation towards Paris Olympics trials.

Keep up-to-date on the clubs achievements via their  social media.

University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness X Technogym logo on faded photo of gymCategoriesAnnouncement Member News

Sport & Fitness renew partnership with Technogym

Sport & Fitness renew partnership with Technogym

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness can announce the renewal of our strategic partnership with Technogym, a leading global supplier of innovative gym equipment and digital fitness solutions. This renewed collaboration only solidifies our commitment to enhancing the fitness and well-being experiences for all our members.

Over the past seven years, the partnership between University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness and Technogym has played a pivotal role in providing world-class facilities and world-class experts that foster health, wellness, and personal development.

This renewed agreement means that we can continue providing the very best fitness equipment and immersive digital solutions that cater to the diverse needs and aspirations of our wide-ranging community.

The team at Sport & Fitness will now work with Technogym to ensure a smooth transition of equipment is made ahead of the start of September 2023 as new equipment is bought in and installed in the gym area.

Kieran Dayaram, head of the gym wearing New balance Sport and Fitness clothing

Kieran Dayaram, Fitness & Wellness Manager at Sport & Fitness, said:

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Technogym, a company that shares our vision for creating a culture of active living and holistic wellbeing.”

“This collaboration allows us to offer our members access to world-class fitness technology, engaging training experiences, and personalised wellness solutions.”

 “This, on top of further improvements we have made to the facility over the summer, including a substantial investment in the refurbishment of our gym flooring area and increasing platform space, as well as an upcoming programme of  ‘Master Your Goal’ workshops and gym group training classes, our offer continues to grow for members.”

“The introduction of Technogym Excite cardio range offering an engaging digital experience , SKILLRUN performance treadmill for cardio and strength training as well as full compliments of new strength equipment enables us to deliver a dynamic fitness environment that caters to all fitness levels and preferences.

Through this partnership, University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness and Technogym will continue to focus on industry leading expertise to further enhance the wellbeing of our members.

The collaboration includes initiatives such as fitness challenges, workshops, and consultations that empower individuals to make informed choices about their health and fitness journeys.

“We are delighted to extend the partnership with University of Birmingham to not only provide the latest and very best products and solutions, but also to help engage the community in physical activity.” Added Ben Sandam, Sales Director, Technogym.

Existing members to Sport & Fitness may notice some minimal disruption due to the replacement and installation of new equipment is carried out between 21-31 August 2023.

For more information about University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness and its partnership with Technogym, please visit the Technogym website.

About Technogym


Technogym is a world-leading supplier of innovative fitness equipment and digital solutions for both home and commercial use. With a mission to promote wellness, Technogym offers a comprehensive range of products designed to inspire individuals to embrace an active lifestyle and achieve their fitness aspirations.