University Students Selected For 2017 Winter Universiade

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photo credits to British Ski and Snowboard

Congratulations to Alice MacAulay and Elodie Wallace who have both been selected to represent the British universities team at 2017 Winter Universiade.

Both will be representing The University of Bath as part of the team of 65 student athletes heading to the 28th Winter Universiade, hosted in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The biennial international event, which was last hosted in Granada in 2015, will welcome approximately 2,500 student athletes from 58 countries and is second only to the Winter Olympics for participation.

Alice will be competeing in her second Universiade, she has had a lot more opportunity to train this year, having swapped living in Bath for a placement in Grenoble (France), although the weather hasn’t quite been as kind as she would have liked, it’s clearly paid off and she will be competing in the alpine skiing. A keen member of the Students’ Union Snowsports Club, it is fantastic to see her succeeding in her ambitions of representing GB.

“Anything can happen. At my first Universiade I by far exceeded my own expectations. Everyone is in the same situation as you they have gone there for the event and have probably never been there before in their life. Often at races many people are competing on their local hill which they know so well and have trained on hundreds of times before. Here one or very few people will have that advantage.  I am more aware now of the publicity of this event and the support that comes with it. After the last games I was amazed by how many people had watch me competing on TV or the live stream. “

Elodie will be flipping and spinning in the mountains as she takes on the world’s best in the aerials event. Continuing the family tradition, Elodie has been participating in the sport for 4 years and been to 3 Junior World Championships.

“I was extremely happy to be selected for aerials and moguls as well. This will be my first serious moguls competition and I hope to continue to train and compete in moguls alongside my degree at the University of Bath. Competing at this event will give me the chance to represent Bath University which is rare when you compete in a sport that can only be done abroad”

Both will be recipients of funding from the Elite Athlete Fund – this is supported by alumni and donations are made each year to enable athletes to pursue their goals of representing the University on the international stage at World Games.

If you want to follow the games then Eurosport will be broadcasting from 29th to 8th February and you can follow the news here almaty2017.com. Aerials will be 30th and 31st January with alpine throughout the week.

Congratulations to both from SU Sport, good luck!

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Will Galloway is the Sports SU Officer for the academic year 2016-017

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