Strathclyde students excel at BUCS Nationals in Sheffield

70 students from the University of Strathclyde travelled south over the weekend to compete in the BUCS Nationals multi-sport games.

The three-day British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) games is the largest multi-sport event in the UK this year, and the biggest event in the BUCS calendar with over 5,000 students competing across eight sports.

Strathclyde was represented in seven sport competitions – athletics, badminton, climbing fencing, judo, karate and swimming – with the only exception being short range rifle.

Alex Dunn and Adam Pringle drew attention with the performance of the weekend, winning gold medal in the high-profile badminton men’s doubles competition.

Dunn, who represented Team Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, teamed up with first year student Pringle to beat Loughborough’s Max Flynn and Harley Towler 12-21 21-15 21-19 in an epic battle at the English Institute of Sport.

Dunn earlier secured bronze medal in the badminton mixed doubles competition alongside Sarah Sidebottom, adding to his overall medal tally for the championships.

Elsewhere, there were further strong performances and medal success from Strathclyde athletes across other sports.

In the swimming long course championships held in Ponds Forge ISC, Gregor Swinney won 50m fly silver and teammate Katie Taylor secured a bronze medal in the 1500m fly.

Performance sport scholar Chris Scott secured silver in the men’s karate kata division and four medals were won in the judo kyu grade events by Emma Ratcliffe, Justyna Kardasz, Alex Donaldson and Ben Lewis.

A strong performance from Strathclyde’s female climbers won a team bronze medal for the first time ever – Morna Baillie, Emily Eadie, Lucy Ross and Pippa Watkin combined to achieve the third best score of the day at the Climbing Works facility in Yorkshire.

Strathclyde also achieved finalist positions through Kerry McAngus (3000m) and Alessandro Schenini (long jump) in the indoor athletics programme, complimenting the efforts of the University’s swimmers, with Emma Scobie (50m backstroke), Gregor Swinney (100m fly) and Martin McInnes (400m free) all going well in their respective race finals.

Sports Union President, Maddy Watson, was in attendance at BUCS nationals supporting her fellow #strathletes:

“It’s been an incredible weekend supporting all University of Strathclyde students competing across the BUCS nationals programme.

The effort from all athletes and team captains has been inspiring. All of the hard work has certainly paid off with so many medals and strong performances to bring home”.

 

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