Last weekend, over 200 UoB students took to Sheffield to compete at the annual BUCS National Championships. The BUCS competition provides a great opportunity for competitors from a variety of disciplines to come together under one roof and test themselves against the best university athletes in the country, and this year was a hugely successful event for UoB, with 18 medals won across 5 sports! There were individual medals won in Athletics, Swimming, Karate, Judo and Fencing, and team medals in Athletics and Judo. Climbing also did fantastically to come in 7th overall, a testament to how far they have come as a club.
Athletics achieved 3 gold medals across the weekend, through James Gormley (3000m), Isabelle Boffey (800m) and Emily Thompson (800m), as well as 2 silver and 3 bronze, which helped them to place 2nd overall as a team behind Loughborough, a truly unbelievable feat! Read more about their fantastic results in the words of track captain Mark Cottam.
Jess Shaw swam excellently for the Swimming Club, and claimed 2 bronze medals in the the 50m and 100m Backstroke. Issy Griffiths was the club’s other medaller, picking up a bronze in the 800m Freestyle. Fencing scholar Ben Bates also took home a bronze in the Foil event.
Martial arts was also a happy hunting ground for UoB in Sheffield. Joe Chamberlain and Mairi Kerin won silver and bronze respectively in the Kumite category for Karate, whilst Judo won gold (Lucy Day -63kg) and bronze (Sophie Adams -70kg) on their way to placing 3rd as a team.
The success of the weekend is a true testament to the hard work and dedication that teams, clubs, coaches and supporters put behind the training, so a huge congratulations to all, and in comparison to the 10 medals secured last year, it’s clear the Lions are clawing their way to the top! Here’s to next year…