The BUCS National Championships is one of the biggest events on the student sport circuit and this year was no different. Over 6,000 students, from across the UK, descended on the city of Sheffield during the weekend of 19th-21st February, with some of the finest young athletes the country has to offer all in action.
Of that 6,000, a significant number of athletes were from Cardiff University. ‘Team Cardiff’ were represented by seven competing clubs, including Karate, Athletics and Swimming, each of whom returned from Sheffield with performances; on an individual and team front; to be extremely proud of.
Athletic Union President, Sam Parson, was first to congratulate all the athletes on their efforts: “It’s incredibly encouraging to see such great talent on the national level. Team Cardiff was well represented over the weekend and we are lucky to boast such an amazing crop of athletes as we currently do.
“It was also great to see some First Year’s getting involved and really competing, with the likes of Andrew Wright (Athletics) and Constanza Peretti (Fencing) achieving an amazing 4th and 5th in their events of 3k and Foil respectively.” he added.
As well as the individual medals and accolades up for grabs, the Championships provided opportunities for athletes to compete towards the respective team prizes. On this front, Cardiff was especially impressive this year.
“I think all of the clubs that went did themselves, and Team Cardiff, proud.” Parsons stated.
“A few notable achievements must go to our Trampoline Club who gained a Silver for their team efforts, and also to the Athletics Club who had a good show of medals through from Sarah McKeever securing a silver in the Pole Vault and Beth Hauling getting a Bronze in the 3k.”
For some clubs, the BUCS Nationals was the last competitive event before next month’s Welsh Varsity, and given the impressive display by Cardiff clubs this time out, they can unquestionably take confidence from this in to the big day. Whilst the pressure and competitive nature may be just as intense, Parsons admitted that for Varsity it is a very different kind of pressure that the athletes will deal with:
“BUCS Nationals are a time to shine on the National stage, competing against the best of their kind in whatever discipline our athletes are competing in. Varsity is, obviously, a straight shootout between us and Swansea. I think the athletes thrive off the change up of these different settings and that takes their performances to different levels.”
Read the reports from BUCS Nationals: