December 19, 2022, by brzbs1
Term one provides many BUCS successes for Nottingham
After an outstanding 2021/22 season in British Universities and Colleges competitions, the #GreenandGold of the University of Nottingham have continued in much of the same vein in the first term of 2022/23 – both on and off the pitch. In total, across 10 weeks of BUCS Wednesdays, our teams have won almost 500 matches with an average weekly win rate of 70%! This has put the University of Nottingham at the very top of the BUCS league table heading into the New Year, with over 4,000 points*.
Alongside BUCS Wednesday’s being back, our teams and athletes have competed at several national championships. The first of the year saw both of our Lacrosse clubs made the short journey to Nottingham Trent University in October to compete in the BUCS Lacrosse Sixes Championship, and after a day of elite performances, both teams became the first clubs to be crowned #GreenandGold BUCS Champions this season.
The following month, University of Nottingham Boat Club transitioned from wet to dry at the Indoor Rowing Championships and did so to great effect with Luke Knight winning gold in the Men’s Championship Lightweight event, whilst Olivia Bates took home Women’s Championship Lightweight silver.
BUCS Wednesday’s also continued to provide fantastic action into November on campus with teams battling at the top of their respective divisions, and our Hockey Headliner saw both Men’s and Women’s first teams take home assured victories whilst raising great awareness for Movember.
Many of our clubs also dived into BUCS Championships in a busy November, including a history making moment. The BUCS Teach First Doubles Tennis Championships ended with Tom Hands and Caleb Chakravarthi becoming the very first men’s Nottingham representatives to win the BUCS Doubles Championships. On the very same weekend, the University of Nottingham Table Tennis Club were ensured it would be one to remember as the #GreenandGold would claim every single gold medal available at the BUCS Individuals, with Shayan Siraj and Jiaqi Meng claiming 3 each!
There was success further afield too as our White Water Canoe athletes slalomed to a total of 14 medals, including 7 golds, with two in the team events at the White Water Racing in Scotland. Our Golfers also made a trip north in competition with scholar Judd Sundleson winning the Fife tournament.
With the weather turning colder, so did the sport as our Snowsport athletes took to the slopes. The Dome Series, held in Milton Keynes, was extremely successful for the Snowsport club with several medal-scoring runs, before the action moved from the slopes to the pool with a huge splash as University of Nottingham Swimming Club delivered Short Course success in Sheffield. Notably, Owen Say became the most decorated BUCS swimmer in club history by winning multiple golds – a feat matched at the event by teammate Aliya Bacakoglu.
With this being term one, many students have represented the University in BUCS for the very first time. This was highlighted when we hosted the BUCS Autumn Championships in Taekwondo to round out our Martial Arts week, and numerous athletes debuted at medal level including gold winner Jacob Thornley. On the same weekend, another of our martial arts clubs in UoN Jiu Jitsu were competing at the BUCS Atemi Championships where Adam Edwards and Danny Clements earned a gold and bronze in the purple and novice categories respectively.
We ended the year with the BUCS Squash Individuals which was held once again at the University of Nottingham, where Luke Griffiths won the Men’s D draw competition, as well as a silver medal for our women’s Clay Pigeon Shooting team.
Outside of BUCS competition, our athletes have competed globally at the World University Championships in Powerlifting where club president Hannah Matson took gold, and also nationally in Archery with a third-place finish and bronze medal in the British University Team Championships for Hannah Evans, Louisa Piper and Amelia Thompson.
We thank our teams and athletes for their effort this term and would like to say a huge congratulations for representing us so well on the field of play. We look forward to the return of BUCS and the #RoadToNottingham for BUCS Big Wednesday in term two!
To find out more about the University of Nottingham in BUCS competition, please click here.
*Correct as of December 15th.
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