Students from the University of Bath dominated their respective events at the BUCS Nationals in Sheffield, the UK’s biggest multi-sport event. Ten Bath athletes from a multitude of events including athletics, badminton, judo and trampolining took home gold medals making the weekend one of the most successful in Bath’s history.
Swimmer Anna Hopkin broke records at the events setting a new time of 25.17 in the women’s 50m freestyle. Matthew Johnson also swept up the medals winning individually in the 200m fly and being part of the victorious 4x100m relay team alongside Will Harrison, Ben Stuckey and Oliver Maltby.
The event also proved to be the most successful in the history of the University’s athletics team, dominating the competition and securing seven medals in total. Gold medal winners Beth Close, Cameron Chalmers and Josh Olawore were the highlights of athletics’ incredible weekend. Close won the women’s 60m hurdles in a time of only 8.59 seconds and Chalmers fended off all competition in the Men’s 400m with a time of 47.40. Olawore narrowly won his gold in the men’s long jump, jumping 7.33m and winning the competition by only 1cm. Medals also went to Ronnie Young, Matthew Jones, Nia Donnison, Olivia Caesar and Rachel Bell for their efforts in the relay.
Bath athlete, Vicky Shenton, also put on an incredible performance to win gold in the ladies’ 4 category. In the team event, Charlotte Male, Alice MacAulay and Kat Alliot took home a bronze medal.
In judo, Chloe Robyns-Landricombe, Prisca Awiti-Alcarez and Jemima Duxberry teamed up to win gold in the women’s team event as taking gold in their respective individual events. The trio undoubtedly dominated the competition and could not be prouder of what they achieved at the competition. The men’s competition also saw Connor Murphy, Renz Vallejera and Jan Gosiewski all come away with medals in their respective competitions.
The pressure was on at the competition for Badminton top seed Alex Lane. Fortunately for Lane, he proved why he was so highly rated, winning gold in the singles’ competition, dropping only one set over the whole weekend. Strong performances in badminton were also put in by Devon Minnis, Stephanie Pinharry, Hannah Preece and Amy Reddaway who all reached the quarter final stages of their respective competitions.
In karate, the men’s team kumite won silver whilst the mixed team kata won bronze which put them top of the overall table. Individually, seven athletes from the team all displayed great talent to take home a plethora of medals for Bath.
Overall, the 2016 Nationals showcased Bath’s sporting prestige and skill. This competition saw the best performance by Bath athletes in almost ten years and they can certainly be proud of what they achieved over the weekend, securing vital BUCS points for Bath – bring on next year!