Between 16-18 February the biggest event in the University sporting calendar took place in Sheffield; BUCS Nationals! UoB had strong representation from athletes across multiple disciplines including indoor athletics, long-course swimming, fencing, karate, judo, badminton and climbing. The whole weekend was action-packed, with many successes for the Birmingham athletes including personal bests and gold medals! The 137-strong Brum team came home with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.
The indoor athletics saw some excellent individual performances throughout the weekend. One of the highlights was sports scholar, Jake Porter’s, Gold medal in the 60m hurdles, meaning that he retained his championship title from 2017! Jake went on to place 4th in the World Indoor Trials with a personal best time only 24 hours later. Lydia Hallam also struck Gold, winning the Women’s 1500m and Sam Milner took Silver and a club record in the Women’s shot put.
The long-course swimming championship did not disappoint, with medals won, personal bests acquired and club records broken. The totals came to 17 personal best swims, 8 new club records, 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal. Notable performances include Ffion Butler who won Silver in the 100m fly and Bronze in the 100m backstroke. Additionally the Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team managed to make the final, they came an impressive 4th and set a new club record.
There was also medal success for the Karate and Judo clubs. Sports scholars, David Thomas and Lucy Day, both managed to secure Bronze medals – Lucy in the Women’s Judo -63kg category, and David in the Men’s Karate +84kg competition. Mairi Kerin also got a fantastic Gold in the karate women’s 55kg. The other competitors from both clubs performed strongly over the weekend and it showed that all of the hours spent in training really have paid off.
Samodani Wijetunge, another sports scholar, won Bronze in the Women’s badminton singles competition, overcoming strong competition to take home her medal. This is the first time an individual Badminton medal has been won by any UoB athlete and so is an even more impressive and memorable achievement!
All of the clubs representing UoB at the weekend showed amazing determination and talent, shown by the results across the board. For full results of the event click here.