Golden BUCS Nationals for University of Nottingham Sport

The University of Nottingham enjoyed a triumphant 2019 BUCS Nationals in Sheffield, bringing home 20 medals.

Eight of the University of Nottingham’s Sports teams travelled to Sheffield last weekend with the hopes of returning home as winners. The eight sports contested over the weekend included; Indoor Athletics, Long Course Swimming, Fencing, Karate, Judo, Climbing, Rifle and Badminton.

The BUCS Nationals event invites the elite sport players from across all universities in the UK to compete against each other. Last year the University of Nottingham secured an impressive 11 podium finishes, but this year the UoN athletes smashed that total, bringing home a new record of 20 medals, including 8 gold medals.

UoN sprinter Hayley Mills kicked things off for the green and gold on day one with a gold medal, comfortably winning the 60-metre dash. She later followed this up on day three, with another storming victory in the 200-metre dash, with a BUCS record-breaking time.

There was also a gold medal for Li Lian Yang in the Women’s Badminton Singles, triumphing over Kirby Ngan. Li Lian Yang has now won the gold medal in the singles event for three consecutive years, a remarkable feat.

A profitable weekend for UoN continued in the Judo, where Alex England was able to take home the gold medal in the Men’s (1 Kyu and above) Under 81kg. Karate too proved an area of success for UoN, with Dylan Travers and Lauren Fretwell both winning the Men’s and Women’s Senior Kata respectively. It is no surprise that after success in both the Men’s and Women’s, UoN were also able to win gold in the Mixed Team Kata.

Whilst there were no gold medals won by the University of Nottingham in the other events, the weekend proved to be a prosperous one in terms of overall BUCS points, as UoN hopes to build on the 4th placed finish from last year’s BUCS competition. The University currently sits in 2nd place in the BUCS table.

Jimmy Moorhouse

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