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Shortlist announced for Sports Awards 2024

Shortlist announced for Sports Awards 2024

With just a few weeks until the University’s event of the academic year, we can now reveal the full list of Shortlisted athletes, clubs, coaches and teams for this year’s Sports Awards 2024.

Sports Awards with Outstanding Contribution on the screen behind.

Returning once again to the Brammall Music Building on Thursday 30 May, the evening will celebrate sporting success across 13 categories with the deadline for tickets closing on Wednesday 15 May.

 

Full evening details will be shared after the ticket deadline, but doors will open from 5.15pm with the Awards beginning at 6.00pm.

 

See our full shortlist below

Campus League Team of the Year

Chip Butty Albion

Econ Hockey

Kinvig Hockey

MFL Society Netball

 

 

Coach (non-student) of the Year

Dean Miller

Gary Humpage

Jennifer Barrett

Jonathan Tate

Michael Gayle

Sam Lee

 

 

Coach (student) of the Year
Alex Barker (Women’s Football)
Anna Lofts (Touch Rugby)
Bella McLeod (Cheerleading)
Holly Thompson (Handball)
Lewis Keates (Women’s Rugby Union)
Maisie Stearns (Netball)
Ryan Ralph (BJJ)

 

Club of the Year

Boxing

CricSoc

Gaelic Football

Handball

Squash

 

ED&I Award

Hugo Murray

Netball

Women’s Basketball

 

Full Blues

TBC

 

Half Blues

TBC

 

National Team of the Year

Hockey W1

Men’s Cross Country

Squash M1

Squash W1

Water Polo M1

Women’s Cross Country

 

Outstanding Contribution
Caitlyn Byrne (Basketball)
Callum Bates and Tom Hathway (Men’s Rugby Union)
Chris Davis (Hockey)
Rebekah Pink (Karate)
Tara Hayes-Pankhurst (Active Res)
Tom Park (Lifesaving)

Sports Colours

TBC

Sports Person of the Year
Didi Okoh (Athletics)
Evelyn Wood (Hockey)
Ollie Morgan (Swimming)
Will Barnicoat (Athletics)

Regional Team of the Year

Basketball W1’s

Fencing M1’s

Handball M1’s

Squash M3’s

 

Volunteer of the Year
Amber Lawson-Smith (Swimming)
Charlie King (Men’s Rugby Union)
Jethro McGraw (Athletics)
Jessica Carter (Hockey)
Maisie James (MFL Society)

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UoB set pace at Great Birmingham Run 2024

UoB set pace at Great Birmingham Run 2024

Last Sunday Sport & Fitness team alongside our positive members and students had a chance to take part in Great Birmingham Run – West Midlands’ biggest and best running event, with thousands of runners, walkers and joggers. All participants have challenged themselves to contribute to charity and gain unforgettable memories.

Runners pose ahead of Great Birmingham Run

The anticipation

 

This year’s edition reached the peak of excitement as all entries were sold out – it was impossible not to feel the anticipation and the scale of the event on the day. Commencing on Sunday 5 May, thousands of people started to gather on the streets of Birmingham to either support or participate in the running experience, making it a great way to actively spend their Sunday with close ones.

Route, band and a lot of fun

 

Both 10k and Half-Marathoners gathered on Broad Street at Centenary Square, where accompanied by vibrant music and supportive audience cheers, they all found themselves at the starting line.

 

During their journey, 10k runners could experience not only a dose of endorphins and sweat but also enjoy inspiring sights and iconic Birmingham landmarks – the city’s world-famous Jewellery Quarter, the Chamberlain Clock, St Paul’s Square and the St Martin’s Church. This was not everything for our Half-Marathoners who on their way to reach the goal had some more viewpoints including Selly Park and the return route in Cannon Hill Park showing the spring in full bloom and Edgbaston Stadium.

 

The day was full of energy and little events going on containing good music and entertainment. Great Birmingham Run hosted the local bands and musicians to support everyone throughout the run by playing boosting music, organising cheering points and even the karaoke point! Our team was also there with lots of participants from the Sport & Fitness community, supporting and running together in #UoBTeam t-shirts, spreading the fun and cheer on every mile!

Runners pose ahead of Great Birmingham Run
Runners pose ahead of Great Birmingham Run

On the finish line

 

Nothing can compare with the rewarding feeling of accomplishment combined with the soreness of the leg muscles at the finish line. We could all witness how exhaustion can quickly transform into the biggest smile and joy on runners’ faces, and even experience it ourselves with our community! The sense of achieving the goal after long weeks of preparation was even better when accompanied by new medals, t-shirts and bags filled with rewards.

 

Eddie Lynch (University of Birmingham AC and Cross Country Club) finished an incredible third in Men’s Half Marathon with a time of 01:14:18.

Sharing memories

 

On Thursday 9 May, we hosted the last Level Up Running Workshops, where our members and staff could celebrate each other’s successes, and share their experiences and memories. We also discussed future running goals and plans, as we knew this event had sparked the running excitement in many!

 

Our team wants to say big congratulations to everyone attending the event and thank all the supporters who gave us a regular boost of motivation during the run!

 

See you next year!

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Announcer role for Alumna Olympian in Paris

Announcer role for Alumna Olympian in Paris

PATHWAY TO PARIS – University of Birmingham Athletics alumna Hannah England has been named as one of the announcers for the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Hannah – whose career has seen her compete at World Championships, Commonwealth Games 2010 and 2014 as well as the 2012 Olympics in London – will be a sport specific English Announcer/MC for Athletics Track & Field, Marathon Finish and Race Walks.

 

With the Olympics taking place from 26 July, Hannah recently returned to campus and the Athletics Track as part of our wider Pathway to Paris Media Day.

 

Since retiring in 2020, her career has seen her work with the BBC as an Athletics correspondent and pundit, as well as offering her expertise trackside at some of the biggest sporting events.

Studying Biochemistry at her time here, Hannah caught with the media as well as comms teams from her former College sharing her experiences as a student, training with the Universities Athletics Clubs and how it impacted her career.

A general view of the Squash court as Saurav Ghosal of Team India and Paul Coll of Team New Zealand compete in the Men's Singles Squash at University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth GamesCategoriesAnnouncement

New government report credits Commonwealth Games 2022

New government report credits Commonwealth Games 2022

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) shared its report documenting the impact of the 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham.

The report shows that the Games contributed nearly £1.2 billion to the UK economy. Nearly half of that came in the West Midlands alone and created 22,380 full time equivalent years of employment.

 

Held between 28 July and 8 August 2022, Birmingham brought together 6,600 athletes and team officials from across 72 Commonwealth nations and territories.

 

The Games broke the record for ticket sales at a Commonwealth Games, with a global TV audience of 834.9m, over 215m digital views and 141m social media engagements.

 

It was the biggest multi-sport event in England since London 2012 and delivered the largest-ever fully integrated programme of para sport.

 

It was the first major multi-sport event in history to award more medals to women than men and Team England rose to the occasion and delivered their best-ever performance at the Games, winning 176 medals, 57 gold, 66 silver and 53 bronze to finish second in the medal table.

 

Launching the report last week at SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit, hosted at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, the UK Sports Minister, Stuart Andrew said:

 

“With over 1.5 million tickets sold, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was a record-breaking event that is still having a positive impact on the region two years on.

 

“This report shows that hosting major sporting events in this country boosts growth, creates jobs and has a lasting social impact for communities and some of the world’s best athletes will once again descend on Birmingham for the European Athletics Championships in 2026.”

The full report can be accessed here.

 

Oliver (Ollie) Morgan cheering with arms up in the air in the pool.CategoriesAnnouncement Student News

Swim scholar Ollie Morgan World’s third fastest in Olympic qualification

Swim scholar Ollie Morgan World’s third fastest in Olympic qualification

PATHWAY TO PARIS – Third year EDCAP scholar Ollie Morgan stunned crowds at the recent British Swimming Championships with a record-breaking swim, securing him a place in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Ollie’s swimming journey has been one to watch, initially joining the University of Birmingham Swimming Club alongside studying Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. In his second year, Ollie was recognised for his outstanding performance in the pool and awarded an EDCAP (Elite Dual Career Athlete Pathway) scholarship.

 

This week, Ollie became the third fastest 100m Backstroke in the world with a time of 52.70 breaking Liam Tancock’s long-standing British record. His attention will now turn to the 200m event taking place this Sunday. 

Scholar Ollie Morgan performing the backstroke, arm out of the water wearing a red hat.

Through the scholarship programme delivered by the Performance Centre, Ollie has received tailored support and access to specialist resources to help progress his swimming career to the next level.

 

It’s been an incredibly successful year for the swim scholar, with a number of club, University and BUCS records broken.

In April 2023, Ollie became a triple British Champion winning the 50m, 100m, and 200m Backstroke at the British Championships. From this, he then gained his first ever selection to represent Great Britain at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, securing a ninth place ranking.

 

At just 20 years old it has been incredible to see Ollie progress from strength to strength, with much owed to Swimming head coach Gary Humpage and his team within the UoB Swimming team. 

Close up shot of Ollie Morgan wearing red swim cap and goggles on head
Ollie Morgan and Gary Humpage
Image: Instagram, @ollie.morgannn

Speaking on Ollie’s Paris qualification, Gary said: “We are on an incredible journey that started back in October 2021 when Ollie joined us at UOB, I could see he had an incredible talent and had many technical traits of a top class international swimmer.

 

“Ollie becoming triple British champion last year was an incredible achievement that has only ever been achieved once before. From that point, the Olympics was an achievable goal, and since then we have worked everyday on the details that would take us there and formulated a strategy and race plan for the trials to make the Olympic team.

 

“We had an idea of what it would take to win at the trials and worked on the race segments that would lead us to that time in training every session.

To see Ollie race at the Olympic trials was incredible experience and one that I will never forget. We have an incredible team culture within UoB Swimming, the positivity of our team members has really helped in training and competition to achieve incredible results along with the superb support from our MDT team.

 

“I’d like to thank everyone involved. I am absolutely thrilled for Ollie to achieve what he has worked so hard for.”

Gold Medallists Team England celebrate during the Women's Hockey Medal Ceremony on day ten of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash CentreCategoriesAnnouncement Student News

Introducing ‘Pathway to Paris’ series

Introducing ‘Pathway to Paris’ series

With all eyes turning towards this year’s summer Olympics taking place in Paris, we’re taking you with us as we showcase the role that students, coaches, alumni and the University will play this 2024.

From athlete hopefuls to media commentary, Birmingham students past and present will be hopeful of helping shape a new sporting legacy following the success of the Commonwealth Games, hosted in Birmingham back in 2022.

 

That’s why we’re bringing readers a new blog series PATHWAY TO PARIS as we highlight the journey that our talented sportspeople at the University are about to embark on. 

A general view of the Squash court as Saurav Ghosal of Team India and Paul Coll of Team New Zealand compete in the Men's Singles Squash at University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The 2024 Olympics in Paris mark a historic return to the city that last hosted the Games in 1924.  Coinciding with the centenary of the last Paris Games, the city is undergoing extensive preparations, revitalizing infrastructure and creating state-of-the-art venues to welcome athletes and spectators from around the globe.

 

Kicking off on Friday 26 July, this year’s Games will close on Sunday 11 August. Over the next few months, some of our EDCAP and Sport scholars will be taking part in competitions and qualifiers, alongside our world-class sports coaches taking international roles.

 

Watch this space for all the latest selection news. 

With sport very much on the agenda, we caught up with University of Birmingham’s Director of Sport, Andy Allford, to preview an exciting few months building up to the Games.

 

Q: Andy, you’ve experienced an Olympics before first-hand, what is it like to be a part of?

 

A: I’ve been lucky enough to go to two Olympic Games, Beijing as a support staff member and London as an Olympic Team Leader. I was very proud to be part of TeamGB, and it can also be a strange experience as the Olympic Village is effectively a bubble! You have all of these amazing sportspeople all in one place. Your job as an Olympic Team Leader is to ensure the noise around the games doesn’t affect the athlete. 

Q: How have your experiences shaped your career?

 

A: There was much to learn being in the High Performance system, but when sport becomes emotive, it definitely has helped me keep a cool head when the stakes are high at a Games time. The approach to Wellbeing was also useful as the basics (sleep, nutrition, etc) all aid performance at every level. 

Q: Students, staff and alumni will all be involved in Paris, what role is Birmingham playing on the international sport stage? And what are you most excited about?

 

Birmingham has a rich history in sport, being the first UK institution to introduce a sports-based degree option for students back in the 1940s. Since then, we have been at the forefront of perfomance and research, culminating in the Commonwealth Games two years ago – where athletes, coaches and University staff all experienced the work that goes into hosting a global, multi-sport event.

 

TeamGB Pursuit Cyclist Paul Manning, now involved in the backroom staff is one of our most prolific Olympians alongside numerous graduate hockey players to name a few. We’re also a world-class facility, hosting the legendary Team Jamaica two weeks prior to the 2012 London Olympics, before they went on to win 12 medals! 

 

I am most excited about seeing how our students and alumni all get on in Paris. To be involved is an achievement in itself, and everyone at UoB Sport will be cheering them on all the way! 

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UoB Athletics team photo at BUCS Indoors 2024CategoriesStudent News

Athletics, Judo and Swimming bring home medals and GB selections

Athletics, Judo and Swimming bring home medals and GB selections  

The start of February welcomed a flurry activity with Birmingham athletes competing in the World University Cross Country, UK Indoor Athletics Championships and Judo European University Championships.

Athletics alumni continued their strong start to 2024 with six medals at the UK Indoor Athletics Championships held on home turf in Birmingham. An impressive total of 33 current and alumni UoB students competed at these championships.

 

University of Birmingham alumni Georgia Bell bought home a gold medal in the 1500m, with Issy Boffey (800m) and Sam Khogali (Long Jump) winning a silver medal. A further three bronze medals saw Sarah McDonald (1500m), Akin Coward (High Jump) and Abby Hughes (3000m Race Walk) complete the impressive medal haul.

 

Bell & Boffey, alongside University of Birmingham staff member Hannah Kelly, have all been selected in the 20-string GB Team heading to the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, taking place from Friday 1 March – Sunday 3 March.

UoB Athletics running on track at BUCS Indoors 2024

The University Judo team gave a strong showing in last weekend’s European University Championships with five students bringing home medals.

 

It was a gold for scholar Summer Shaw, three silvers for Ben Levy, Harry Hopson and Amel Simms and Amy Riddesdell adding a bronze to another crucial BUCS 2023/24 fixture. This lead to qualification for the European University Championships for some members of the team.

 

In the heat of Muscat in Oman, four current Birmingham students were competing in the World University Cross Country following their qualification at Parliament Hill in January.

 

Tyler Bilyard contributed to a Mixed Short Relay Gold for Team GB, before finishing 7th in the 3000m short individual race and Birmingham teammate Elsa Palmer finished 8th in the women’s race.

 

In the Long Course Race, 10,000m through desert conditions, Charlotte Alexander placed 12th in the women’s and Tomer Tarragano came in at 15th in the Men’s race.

UoB Athletics taking part in shot putt in BUCS Indoor 2024
Sports Awards timings on a screen in the Elgar Concert area.
A group of students waiting outside in he sun on a grass area.

On the weekend of 24 – 25 February the University swim team of 31 swimmers saw some outstanding performances at the BUCS Swimming Long Course Championships. Birmingham placed 6th overall while claiming 10 university records and clocking 15 Olympic Trials qualifying times individually by members of the team.

 

Medallists Oliver Morgan and Lucy-Jordan Caws picked up 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals between them. Morgan brought home the gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke , and narrowly missed out on the gold in the 50m by 0.01 seconds but was rewarded with the silver medal. Meanwhile, Lucy picked up her silver medal in the S15 50m Butterfly.

 

On the same weekend, our Athletics team continued their indoor success from the start of the month at the BUCS Indoor Championships in Sheffield. The team secured 7 individual medals as well as a silver medal in the women’s 2 x 200m relay. Didi Okoh, Tyler Bilyard and sports scholar Kimani Jack secured gold medals, with Cameron Bailey and Tommy Bridger coming home with silver medals and Darian Moore and Zoe Hunter with bronze.

 

This rounds off yet another month of fantastic results for our Birmingham representatives.

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Nominations now open for Sports Awards 2024

Nominations now open for Sports Awards 2024 

All 2023/24 students can now nominate individuals, clubs, coaches and recreational teams across 13 categories celebrating their sporting successes at this year’s University of Birmingham Sports Awards.

Open from 28 February, nominations are now open and will close on Thursday 28 March giving students one month to put forward nominees across a range of categories.

This year’s Sports Awards, taking place on the evening of Thursday 30 May at the Brammall Music Building, will recognise all levels of sporting achievements from our volunteers to our elite athlete scholars.

Members of the netball team all lined up on the back line, crouching and ready to run.
A group of Lacrosse team members in a huddle with Lacrosse sticks in the air.
Three members of the netball club holding hands and preparing to Mexican wave with Rory the Lion.
Group of students stood on stage at the Sports Awards.

Categories include:

Campus League Team of the Year
The Campus League Team of the Year award aims to recognise and celebrate the teams that best embody the Campus League ethos of participation, good sportsmanship and enjoyment of the game.

NOMINATE HERE

Coach of the Year (non-student)
For an individual who is regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach.

NOMINATE HERE

Coach of the Year (student)
This award aims to recognise current students who are regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach, working closely with their club committee to direct the development of the club and support members’ personal and performance development.

NOMINATE HERE

Club of the Year
This award is based on the overall success of a club across a number of areas. This can include – but is not limited to – committee and/or performance achievements, developments and innovation within the club, member engagement and connection with the wider sporting community both in- and external to the university.

NOMINATE HERE

Full Blues
Awarded to those individuals that have competed internationally at a senior championship.

NOMINATE HERE

ED&I Award
This award acknowledges and celebrates the diversity and inclusion of sport within our clubs.

NOMINATE HERE

Half Blues
Awarded to those who have achieved either a BUCS individual medal or a BUCS Team Championship gold medal during the 2022-23 academic year.

NOMINATE HERE

National Team of the Year
Aims to recognise and highlight the stand-out successes of a select number of our University teams that compete on a national level within BUCS.

NOMINATE HERE

Outstanding Contribution
Celebrates outstanding contribution made by an individual towards the continued improvement of UoB Sport & Fitness and the instances in which they have gone beyond expectations.

NOMINATE HERE

 

Sport Colours
Sport Colours are non-performance-based and awarded to individuals based on a member’s contribution beyond their established role, going over and above for their club or for sport across the University.

NOMINATE HERE

Sports Person of the Year
This is the highest individual accolade awarded by the University of Birmingham, in recognition and celebration of the very highest sporting level.

NOMINATE HERE

 

Regional Team of the Year
Aims to celebrate the achievements of some of our stand out University teams that compete on a regional level within BUCS.

NOMINATE HERE

Volunteer of the Year
This Award recognises individuals who have committed themselves to a cause, activity, or event for the greater good of their club, University, or wider community.

NOMINATE HERE

Sports Awards timings on a screen in the Elgar Concert area.
A group of students waiting outside in he sun on a grass area.

With more than 200 people in attendance last year – including the Vice Chancellor and Principal of University of Birmingham Adam Tickell – we’re hoping to make this year’s event even bigger with a selection of arrival drinks, food options and post-event entertainment.

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Brum success at BUCS National Championships

Brum success at BUCS National Championships

It was a weekend jam-packed with sport as University of Birmingham athletes across Athletics, Badminton, Climbing, Fencing, Karate and Swimming competed in this year’s BUCS National Championships.

Even mascot Rory the Lion returned to action in the annual 200m Danny Porter Foundation sprint, grabbing a silver medal amongst 16 representatives.

 

Hosted at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport, the BUCS points rained in for Birmingham with medals, results and records falling across the three-day event.

Didi Okoh celebrating her win.

Athletics completed a team 2nd place for the third year in a row with eight medals for Birmingham athletes. 15 of the athletes set personal best records, with the club securing its most top 8 positions across its most diverse events.

Didi Okoh (60m Ambulant), Kimani Jack (High Jump) and Tyler Bilyard (1500m) brough home gold for Brum, with Tom Bridger (3000m) and Cameron Bailey (400m) scooping silver. The Women’s Team 4x200m also finished second in their event.

Darian Moore (60m) and Zoe Hunter (1500m) completed the medal haul with Bronze finishes. Josh Woods (Triple Jump), Emilie Oakden (Pole Vault) and Orla Brennan (400m) just missed out on a medal with fourth places in their respective sports.

A record-breaking Swimming scooped six top four finishes, including four individual and two team events.

 

The Men’s and Women’s relay teams set club records finishing fourth and sixth in their respective 4 x 100m events. Para swimmer Lucy Jordan Caws won a silver medal with a season’s best in the 100m Butterfly.

 

EDCAP athlete Ollie Morgan set the pace with two Gold and two BUCS records in the 100m & 200m backstroke events.

Swimming club member in pool

Results from across the rest of our sports clubs across the weekend:

Two fencing participants dressed in fencing attire.

Fencing

 

Liam croft secured 3d place in Men’s Sabre.

Karate team group shot - all wearing red and blue University of Birmingham kit

Karate


Men’s Inter Kata – BRONZE – Harri Jordan
Women’s Novice Kata – GOLD – Katherine Galvin
Women’s Inter Kata (–70) – BRONZE – Roni Parnes
Men’s Novice Kumite (-70) – GOLD – Rajan Sidhu
Men’s Novice Kumite (+80) – BRONZE – Tom Harrison
Men’s Novice Kumite (-80) – BRONZE – Jack Maher
Women’s Novice Kumite (+63) – GOLD – Neha Nair
Women’s Senior Kumite (-50) – BRONZE – Lyra Cobb
Men’s Team Kumite – BRONZE
Overall Team Results – SILVER

Climbing


Men’s Individual 4th – Ian Davis
Men’s Team 4th Place
Women’s Team SILVER

Women's climbing team all with BUCS medals around their neck.
Fran Williams wearing her England netball dress, wearing a Goal Defence bib.CategoriesStudent News

New year, same scholar success

New year, same sports scholar success  

2024 started with a bang for our outstanding university scholarship athletes and alumni, who have broken in the new year with some incredible performances on the national and international stage, particularly in hockey, netball and cross-country.

Great Britain Men and Women Hockey squads embarked on the road to Paris 2024 after qualifying at the FIH Olympic Qualifiers.

 

In Spain,  GB Women featuring current EDCAP scholar and social policy student Lily Walker as well as four alumni, Lily Owsley, Anna Toman, Amy Costello and goal-scorer Hannah French closely battled to secure their spot, beating Ireland 2-1, after losing 3-2 to Belgium in the semi-finals.

 

GB Men secured their spot after beating New Zealand 3-1 to reach the final in Muscat, Oman. The team featured talented alumni Nick Bandurak. Both teams will now prepare for the Olympic Games in just over six months’ time.

Amelia Quirk reaching the finish line, with arms raised in the air at the European Cross Country Championships.

EDCAP scholarship athletes and current students Evie Wood, Alice Atkinson and Betsan Thomas have been named in the Women’s GB Elite Development Squad (GB EDP) for 2024, with fellow scholar Harvey Edwards being named as a reserve for the men’s squad.

 

The programme aims to help junior players smoothly transition to senior international hockey, providing those who have Olympic potential with the support they need. This is an amazing achievement for these players and shows real promise as they look to follow in the footsteps of those named above.

 

Sunday 28 January was a crucial but exciting day for England Netball as the England Roses played in the Vitality Netball Nations Cup Final in Leeds.

 

University of Birmingham alumni Fran Williams played in goal defence whilst captaining the team to the final, alongside fellow alumni Ellie Rattu. The Roses put in an incredible performance, but narrowly missed out on the win to the strong team Origin Australian Diamonds.

 

One week later, the Athletics club came home with a record-breaking medal haul of 13 medals at the BUCS Cross Country Championships. Not only this, but the team won 3 out of the total 4 for both team and individual titles – an exceptional achievement for the team.

Lily Owsley of Great Britain breaks with the ball from Pippa Hayward during the Women's hockey semi final match betwen New Zealand and Great Britain on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images.
Sports Awards timings on a screen in the Elgar Concert area.
A group of students waiting outside in he sun on a grass area.

Over a gruelling course, EDCAP Scholars Amelia Quirk and Will Barnicoat continued their success from the European Cross Country Championships in December and dominated the field in the Women and Men’s Long Course, bringing home 2 gold medals.

 

Will was closely followed by fellow scholar Tomer Tarragano and Oliver Smart, in a Birmingham 1-2-3, the first clean sweep on the Podium at BUCS Cross Country in history.

Three athletics members running in the European Cross Country Championships, heading for the finish line.