Student success at BUCS Competitions
BUCS Nationals is now in its 9th year, taking place across three days with over 4000 students taking part and 200 officials and volunteers who make the event possible. BUCS Nationals brings together 5 individual Championship events which take place across 3 different venues. This event includes 5 sports: athletics, badminton, climbing, fencing and swimming. Student clubs from Team UOP that made the trip to Sheffield include Athletics, Badminton and Fencing.
Alongside this event, the BUCS Taekwondo Winter Championships took place, this event and the sport itself are evergrowing in the university community with the championship series consisting of autumn, winter and spring competitions.
This was my first time at BUCS, so to come out having won the gold medal and broken a 20 year old championship record as well was great! In terms of my own performance, I would have liked a little more but that just means I get to go back next year and try to break my own record, which I certainly plan on doing!
Emily Beach, badminton scholar, qualified for the main draw at this year’s BUCS Nationals and won her first singles match. Emily was unfortunately then knocked out of the competition in the following round.
With opposition from some big sporting universities both Emily and Darren played really well and were unlucky not to progress further.
BUCS Taekwondo Winter ChampionshipsWe are also proud to announce that Ericas Luckauskas, our Taekwondo scholar also brought home a gold medal.
Ericas beat a student from Sheffield Hallam in the quarter-final with a score of 14-5, followed by a win in the semi-final to a student from the University of Westminster, with a score of 21-0.
In the final, he faced a student from the University of Nottingham, a big sporting University who have finished second in the overall BUCS table for a number of years. Ericas had a fantastic start in the first round and the student from the University of Nottingham threw in the towel, meaning Ericas won with a score of 11-0.
I'm happy to win my first BUCS gold medal for the University, after 3 fights. Now I'm focused on training and preparing for the next BUCS Nationals competition in March, working on feedback from my coach on my performances, to win that gold again!
Our sports scholars receive support from UOP Sport to help them achieve both in their sport and academically. Applications for sports scholarships are currently open with the deadline closing at the end of August. If you think you have what it takes to perform on the highest stage, apply now.