The BUCS Nationals competition returns to Sheffield for a 6th year this February, promising 3 days of action-packed sporting fixtures across several different disciplines. The national event will take place from the 16th-18th of February and will bring together individual BUCS Championship events across multiple venues. This year’s event will see over 6000 students competing and over 500 officials and volunteers making sure that everything runs smoothly. It is set to be a weekend full of sporting spectacles and is certainly not one to miss given that it is one of the biggest events in the University sporting calendar.
This year’s event will include Indoor Athletics, Badminton, Judo, Karate, Long-Course Swimming, Fencing and Climbing. Multiple students are currently preparing to represent the University of Birmingham at this huge event.
The Indoor Athletics Championship will take place across the whole weekend at the English Institute of Sport. This championship encompasses both individual and team events across both track and field disciplines. The track events range from 60m sprints to 3000m tests of endurance, and also team relays, whilst the field events include shot put, triple, long and high jump as well as pole vault. Ones to watch include Freddie Owsley in the Men’s 200m individual event and 200m relay, Jake Porter in the 60m hurdles and Michael Bowler in the Men’s pole vault.
The Badminton Championship offers a viewing of the fastest raquet sport in the world with the UK’s best university players competing across the 3 day event. This will also be held at the English Institute of Sport, with both singles and doubles competitions taking place. Sports scholars Nikki Gretsy and Samodani Wijetunge will both be representing Team UoB, with Nikki in the mixed doubles and Samodani in both the women’s doubles and singles events, and students Elise Dixon and Jordan Trebert, who have been selected to represent Jersey and Guernsey respectively in this year’s Commonwealth Games, will also make their marks in the singles.
Judo is also set to feature at this National event over Saturday and Sunday at the iceSheffield venue. The competition is divided into Dan and Kyu grades, which will each feature team and individual events split by weight category. William Hurst and Scholar Lucy Day will be competing in the 2nd Dan grades, and representing Team UoB in 1st Kyu will be Phoebe Fryer, who won Gold at the Kyu Grade Tournament in Sheffield last year.
The Ponds Forge International Sports Centre will host the Karate Championship across Saturday and Sunday. This event will feature Kata and Kumite categories from novice up to senior level. Karate scholar David Thomas will be competing in the Men’s Senior Kumite +84kg competiton.
The Long-Course Swimming Championship is set to take place across all 3 days of the event and will also be held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. This competition will feature butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke races from 50m up to 200m, freestyle from 50m up to 1500m, individual medley 200m and 400m as well as both 4x100m freestyle and medley relays. The swimming team is the largest of Team UoB’s teams in attendance and features all of the swimming scholars; Ffion Butler, Jessica Shaw, Zoe Bozzard-Hill, Abby Smith and Hazel Ferguson, as part of the strong and determined team.
The Fencing Championship will be held at the Graces Tennis Centre over the weekend. It will feature Men’s Epee and Women’s Sabre on Friday, Women’s Foil and Men’s Sabre on Saturday and Men’s Foil and Women’s Epee on Sunday. UoB will be represented in all of these categories at the event by the top ranked fencers at the University.
This year’s event will also feature a Climbing competition running on the Saturday at the Climbing Works. It comprises of both men’s and women’s individual events with UoB sending a sizeable and strong team of climbers.
BUCS Nationals is set to be a very exciting event and with so many UoB athletes in attendance we can hope for some great results. And of course – don’t forget to cheer on Rory, the UBSport Lion, in the Mascot’s Race on Saturday 17th!
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