Student Sport Magzine - March 2013 - Tenth Edition

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WELCOME to Edition 10 of Student Sport Magazine, The First National Magazine for University Sport. Well, the BUCS Gatorade Nationals didn’t disappoint; the standard across all 12 sports was incredible. There were many highlights - from having Olympians swimming in the heats to the Orienteering up in the Peaks. Oh, and not to forget, the free Gatorade was pretty epic as well! Edition 10 is the best ever! (Yes, Yes, I know I say it every month). Team SSM covered all 12 Sports at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals, including event overviews to athlete interviews. Team Sports, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you! You may have seen us dotted about this week at the BUCS Big Wednesday! Make sure you subscribe for free and like us on facebook to get your copy next month!

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ANTHONY BOWYER The 2013 BUCS Gatorade Indoor Athletics lived up to all the hype and produced some of the closest finales in recent years.

It capped off a superb indoor season for the Brunel athlete, after great displays in the British Championships and a bronze in the BUCS 60m.

With EIS Sheffield the venue once again, the blue track became like fire as athletes produced incredible times and distances across the three days. With the athletics taking place within the Bucs Gatorade Nationals, there were over 6000 athletes in Sheffield for the weekend.

Tremayne Gilling was the fastest man again as he retained his 60m title, whilst the women’s 60m was won by the dominant Ashleigh Nelson (Middlesex), who was a class apart from the rest of the field.

However, it was Brunel athlete Andre Wright that shone out with a highly impressive 200m performance that broke the Championship Best Performance. From lane five, the 21-year-old tore around the first bend as he hunted down last year’s champion Antonio Infantino (Kings College London), and carried his speed all the way to the line to finish in 21.18. Infantino followed him home in second and was the first to congratulate the Brunel man on his victory. 8///Studentsportmagazine.com

The men’s hurdles lacked championship best performer Andrew Pozzi but still finished with four athletes within a tenth of each other as Jake Porter (Wolverhampton), last year’s English Schools winner, took his first university title from Ben Kelk (Loughborough). The women’s race saw Marilyn Nwawulor take the gold from home favourite Karla Drew (Sheffield Hallam), with Claire Humphries (Birmingham) in third. The longer sprint races saw Nottingham Trent and Loughborough battle it out

with gold and silver to both universities. Michael Warner warmed up for his European Indoor 4x400m call-up with a superb victory in the men’s 400m from Loughborough’s Dan Putnam, whilst the ladies race was a much closer affair as Lauren Bouchard (Loughborough) took gold from Emma Pullen, with only eight hundredths of a second between them. In recent years, the sprints have been where all the drama has emanated, but this year’s distance races also yielded intensity, with some bold front running and tactical experience shining through. Loughborough’s Sam Dykes took advantage of university team mate Guy Learmonth’s absence to take gold in the 800m with a strong finish, but it was the women’s race that saw one of the closest finishes ever. Pre-race favourite Carolyn Plateau (Loughborough)


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was unable to defend her title as she finished four hundredths of a second behind Nottingham fresher Katie Snowden, after Snowden attacked off the final bend to go round Plateau. The longer distances saw a few surprises along with some previously anticipated results. Cardiff Metropolitan’s Tom Phillips backed up his eighth at the British Championships with a good win in the men’s 1500m, and James Thie showed why he is still a class athlete at 34 as he took the 3000m title, just like he did last year. It was once again the women’s race that caused the surprises however as 19-year-old Melissa Courtney (Brunel) just got the better of much faster (on paper) Morag MacLarty (Dundee) to take

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her first ever title. With the track providing gripping action, the field had to impress and it did in emphatic style as the long jump, triple jump, shot put, high jump and pole vault gave some nail-biting and emotional outcomes. Ray Bobrownicki kept hold of his high jump title with a clearance of 2.17m and Moe Sasegbon (Sheffield Hallam) won on count back in the women’s from Hayley Pitman and Chloe Boulter. Nick Cruchley made it three titles on the trot at BUCS level competition in the pole vault as he cleared 5.30m whilst Loughborough’s Abigail Haywood took the female section with a clearance of 3.80m The women’s long jump saw a new CBP from Jade

Nimmo with a leap of 6.37, whilst Loughborough boys Felix Maisey-Curtis and David Guest took gold and silver. As always, the final events of the weekend saw the 4x200m relays and it was Loughborough again who took both gold’s, however more controversially than usual as the men’s team had been originally disqualified before being reinstated late on Saturday night. The university also took the top team prizes in both sections. With two and a half days of cracking action, the BUCS Gatorade Indoor Athletics is over, but it will return to the cauldron of noise in 2014 where Loughborough will once again be the team to beat.


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ATHLETICS... An incredible medal-filled final day performance by Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club whose athletes saw the club pick up both the men’s and women’s team trophies at the BUCS Gatorade National Indoor Championships at the English Institute Sport in Sheffield. Building upon Loughborough’s three medals on Saturday morning, the squad got off to the perfect start on the final day with a one-two in the men’s long jump courtesy of Felix MaiseyCurtis and David Guest. MaiseyCurtis was the victor, with a leap of 7.45m, his furthest jump of an impressively consistent series, while Guest’s 7.33m was enough to see him earn the silver. In terms of one-two victories, there was more to come from the LSAC contingent, when Abi Heywood and Olivia Curran picked up gold and silver in the women’s pole vault, the latter vaulting a personal best of 3.70m. Field events continued to prove fruitful for Loughborough in the morning session, Gareth Winter finishing off his winter season with a bronze medal in the shot put. Momentum in Loughborough’s favour at this point, the squad continued to excel in the afternoon programme. Kirsty Addy secured a bronze medal in the 3000m, while in the male equivalent, Mitch Burton secured the same coloured medal in an enthralling race won by Cardiff Metropolitan stalwart James Thie. Behind Addy in the women’s race, Loughborough’s Joanne Hickman-Dunne 12///Studentsportmagazine.com

narrowly missed out on the medals, finishing a very close fourth. In the field, Chloe Boulter jumped a new personal best in earning the bronze medal in the high jump. This was before the pair of Ricardo Twumasi and Stefan Tseng soared to LSAC’s third one-two of the day in the men’s triple. While LSAC’s field athletes were undoubtedly having a great day, the track athletes responded to the competitive pressure with a series of medal winning performances in the afternoon. Lauren Bouchard won gold in the women’s 400m, after an incredible and gutsy front run. Five metres up at the half way stage, Bouchard had just enough strength to hold off a closing Emma Pullen from Cardiff Met, winning in 54.40 seconds. Jessie Knight of Loughborough finished strongly to earn a bronze medal in the same event. After winning his semi-final two hours previously, Daniel Putnam won the silver medal in the men’s 400m behind the impressive Michael Warner from Nottingham Trent. Michael Baker ran a personal best of 49.07 seconds in the final to finish outside of the medals in fourth. Loughborough continued their on-track success in the 800m finals, Carolyn Plateau narrowly missed out on the gold medal, finishing second, while England junior international Sam Dykes ran a tactically masterful race in winning the men’s final. Moving into the last events of the day, the 4x200m relays, Loughborough looked set

to retain their BUCS Indoor titles. The women’s team of Bouchard, Lucy James, Knight and Twinelle Hopeson won a highly competitive women’s race from Cardiff Met, while the men’s squad of Putnam, Niall Flannery, Ben Stephenson and Anthony Rodrigues dominated the field, winning in 1:26.85. Loughborough’s staggering weekend of eight gold medals, six silvers and five bronzes was enough to see captains Boulter and Flannery pick up the BUCS Indoors titles for the women and men respectively, retaining the titles won last year.

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LUFBRA RELAY MISHAP (AND REDEMPTION)

We witnessed a collection of poorly judged relay changeovers throughout the weekend, but no more so than the one served up by Loughborough’s men in the 4x200m heats. As their second leg runner entered the handover zone, comfortably ahead of closest rivals Leeds Met, he somehow managed to get into a muddle with third leg runner Ben Stephenson and the baton was sent rolling towards the edge of the track. What happened next was unbelievable. With rivals flying past him, Stephenson casually jogged to pick up the baton – seizing it moments before it rolled completely out of lane six. He then ran the remaining 195m at (unofficial) world record pace to get Loughborough back into contention before a superb anchor leg got them 2nd place and a spot in the final. But the drama was not over: Loughborough were subsequently disqualified for their baton transgression. Just as it looked as though Stephenson’s heroics had been in vain, the decision was overturned and the quartet reinstated. Following the drama of their heats, the final was a comparative breeze as Loughborough stormed to gold and almost broke their own championship record of 2007 in the process.

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The women’s long jump was billed as a battle between two BUCS debutants: Jade Nimmo (Edinburgh Napier) and Jazmin Sawyers (Sheffield). It didn’t disappoint.

bronze medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships but she had to settle for silver following her best effort of 6.22m. Rebecca Chapman (Cardiff Met) took the final podium Becky White’s spot with a 6.11m longstanding personal best. championship record It capped a great of 6.16m was broken weekend for Nimmo four times by the after she had secured pair, with Nimmo 60m bronze the day triumphing with an before, setting a incredible leap of personal best of 7.63 6.37m. Sawyers was in her semi-final. perhaps favourite Nimmo has already heading into the competed in a event following her pentathlon this year, WOMEN’S currently LONG JUMP sitting a FINAL respectable

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The greatest finish at the BUCS Gatorade Indoor Athletics Championships came in the men’s 3000m as former GB athlete James Thie (Cardiff Met) recaptured his pace

of old to steal gold on the line. Thie, who turns 35 in June, was twenty metres adrift of leader Alex Cornwell (Birmingham) at the bell before a

9th in the indoor rankings, and it will be interesting to see if she continues this as we head into the outdoor season. Hopefully, both Nimmo and Sawyers will get their names on their respective sign-up sheets for BUCS Outdoors in Bedford and produce another classic. [On the topic of female dominance it is worth mentioning that Ashleigh Nelson (Middlesex) blew the field away in the 60m final in a performance so dominant it should probably be featured on this list…]

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THIE’S TACTICAL TRIUMPH

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UK’s finest athletes descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield last month to test the 2013 BUCS Gatorade Indoor Athletics Championships. Loughborough University med both the men’s and women’s titles in an event that received record entries, a sign haps that athletics is growing in popularity following the success of London 2012. Simon Roe


...to earn his second BUCS Indoors title in two years, a result which helped Cardiff Met claim third in the overall men’s standings. It was a welcome climax to a race devoid of action in the opening 2400m, with the runners stumbling over one another as they jogged around the opening twelve laps. But Cornwell sensed an opportunity with 600m to go and made a break away from the pack. He immediately opened up a five metre gap on his nearest challenger Mitch Burton (Loughborough), and had built a commanding lead by the time he passed the bell. Unfortunately for Cornwell, Thie felt

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there was still life in the race and set about pursuing the Birmingham athlete. I remember screaming, “Thie is coming, Thie is coming!” (a line almost certainly stolen from Steve Cram), but by this point the crowd had drowned out my words – the Birmingham faithful willing Cornwell home whilst everyone else backed the charge of the Welshman. With five metres to go Thie passed Cornwell and in that split second the true elation and despair of sport was captured on their separate faces. The winning time of 8.40 won’t be remembered for years to come; the final 200m will.

ANDRE WRIGHT’S STORM

The only BUCS record on the track came on the final day and it was certainly worth the wait. Andre Wright (Brunel), fresh from winning bronze in the men’s 60m, set off like a rocket in the 200m and never looked back as

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Two exceptional examples of a solid team ethic came from Cardiff Met and Leeds Met. Each time one of their athletes graced the track or the infield they were backed by a wave of support. Both enjoyed successful Nationals and their camaraderie lifted the Sheffield mood. But the overall award for best university support goes to Plymouth. Despite not registering a single BUCS point across the weekend, the encouragement their athletes got was outstanding. Three years ago Plymouth didn’t have a BUCS team and if they can transfer their crowd’s passion into results then they will be a university to watch out for… The moral of the story? Get on Ebay, purchase a vuvuzela, and bring it along to BUCS Outdoors (if the rules allow such witchcraft…).

he clocked a stunning 21.18 to beat Sven Knipphals CBP by four hundredths. Two features of Wright’s race stood out: how relaxed he looked and the speed he carried off the bend into the finishing straight. He left last year’s champion Antonio Infantino (London) and Luke Evans (Leeds Met), silver and bronze medallists respectively, in his wake and victory never looked

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in doubt. Wright was ranked 7th at U23 100m and 200m in 2012, but it will be interesting to see whether he chooses to focus on the longer distance following his BUCS success. He’s certainly one to keep tabs on in the summer after his fine start to 2013, a firm favourite for BUCS outdoors, as he creeps ever closer to breaking the 21 second barrier.


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IWAN THOMAS: getting the right bala by michelle sammet - vinco sport. Paralympics presenter and former Olympian Iwan Thomas reminisces about his time at university and how he went from a “drinker’s degree” to an Olympic silver medal. For World, European, Commonwealth and Olympic medal winner Iwan Thomas, university wasn’t all about hard work and training. In fact, the former Welsh 400m runner admits he was a pretty lazy athlete, enjoying the social side of university life a bit too much and only training a few of hours a week. With a cheeky grin on his lips the now retired sprinter recalls: “I was the typical student; going out too much, drinking, chasing girls, whatever students do.” Speaking at the launch of the BUCS Gatorade Nationals MMXIII, Thomas knows university sport today is at a different level than it was back when he was competing. To have Gatorade as nutritional support for British University and College Sport is something he would have laughed about as a student, but he sees it as a vital component for today’s student athletes. “I didn’t have any professional help or drinks when I was at university. I was literally on oldschool water and the night before obviously the student union bar”, he laughs. “But having Gatorade help future generations of athletes is great and gives them that bit of professionalism. I think this summer has shown how amazing sport is and what it can do for the morality of the country. There is no reason why someone competing Image: BUCS

at university can’t make it. I am the prime example. The year I left Uni I ended up going to the Olympics and winning a medal, so you just have to get your head down, train hard and obviously the right nutrition is vital.” In 1994 and having only taken up running the previous year, Thomas got to represent Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Canada. He failed to qualify for the finals, but running a new Welsh record of 45.90s from barely any training was an eye opener for the student. “I remember my mum and dad who lived in Germany at that time saying We’re really proud of you. You’re obviously training and studying so hard and I just thought to myself ‘what?’. “But I guess because of that I discovered if I knuckle down a bit towards the end of my degree I could run well.” The knuckling down part worked for his career as an athlete, about his degree in Sports Science and Geography he explains: “I did pass. I got what is known as a drinker’s degree – a 2:2.” However, his changes in training did pay off when he went to the Olympics in Atlanta ‘96 and won a silver medal with the

4x400m relay the year he left university. Having accomplished what many athletes can only dream of without any lottery funding and a dissolute lifestyle, some might wonder what he could have achieved if he would have made some more sacrifices from the start. However, Thomas doesn’t regret his student antics: “I think at university you just need to get the right balance. Of course people are going out. Yes you are discovering other things in life, but if you are serious about your sport it also is a place where you can train with likeminded people and just push yourself. I think life is all about getting the right balance and if it wouldn’t have been for that time at university I don’t think I would have given athletics a go.”


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British sporting drama. Winter weather in summer. A Valentine’s Day embarrassment.These examples are just three of the things that are a dead certainty to happen every year, without fail. And add to that list, Loughborough University taking an overall win at the BUCS swimming championships. The titans of British Sheffield. getting involved in the Swimming were at it sport, it’s fantastic to “It’s the start of the again in February, but be here in Sheffield and season, I’ve been they were indebted hopefully one day, I’ll be getting back into long to their impressive racing in these finals!” course racing and this female squad as she said. is one of the meets their university I thought it would be “2012 was such a rivals continued to great to race at. great year for me with close the gap at the the Olympics and world “The world top. Alongside the championships and championship gold was Leicestershire outfit hopefully I’ll have more a rather nice feeling! taking the team title years to come like But it was a great once more, all eyes that!” experience too and turned towards the something I can put in But with the likes of participation of world my collection – nobody Miley and Meilutyte stars, Hannah Miley can take that title away competing as and Ruta Meilutyte from me!” she added. guests, it was left as BUCS continued to Loughborough to to attract the biggest As for Olympic dominate with their names in the pool. champion Meilutyte, ladies team leading the she’s still a couple Recently anointed way in stunning fashion. of years away from world champion Miley, university competition The standout swimmer a undisputed ‘veteran’ at 16-years-old but was from the weekend was of BUCS herself, impressed with the Emma Wilkins, who was picking up some nationals on her guest ended the meet with early-season form debut. four golds and a silver as she prepared for from her five events. future meets and was “It’s great to see how She took the sprint delighted to return to many young people are

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double of 50m fly and 50m freestyle before setting blistering 100m freestyle times to help Loughborough to the relay double too. Right behind her in the medal tally, was team mate, Rachel Solway who took the 200m breaststroke and 200IM titles before joining Wilkins in the two relay victories. With Tilly Gray taking three golds and Kathryn Willis clinching the 200m backstroke title, the Loughborough ladies amazingly secured nine of the 16 titles on offer, a major factor in reclaiming their BUCS crown. In comparison, the men lagged behind, but the impressive Roberto Pavoni was once again the leading light of a team whose dominance seems to be fading. The 2012 Olympian took an individual treble in the 200/400IM and 200m Fly events, before helping the freestyle team to defend their relay title and he was delighted to be back at the competition that has been fruitful for him in recent years. “I love it [BUCS]. It’s great for younger and less experienced swimmers but for me personally it’s always a very good meet because Loughborough put a lot of emphasis on it – if we don’t win it, we’re in trouble!” he said.

Loughborough’s only other male victor was Andrew Weatheritt who clinched an excellent win in the 50m freestyle but there were real signs that universities from across the border were starting to close the gap significantly. Stirling arguably delivered the shock of the meet, producing a superb effort in the mens’ 400IM relay to take gold back to Scotland and shock defending champions Loughborough by over two seconds. It should have come as little surprise to spectators to witness Ryan Bennett securing a backstroking gold treble and a 100/200m freestyle double from Jak Scott Young talent, Ross Murdoch pitched in too, medalling in all three breaststroke distances to boost Stirling’s impressive medal haul and secure third place overall. Close behind their Scottish rivals were Edinburgh who were consistent finalists, with the breaststroking duo of Corrie Scott and Andrea Strachan once again taking silver and bronzes respectively in the 50 and 100m breaststroke events. Ahead of the pair came a familiar figure within BUCS. Kathryn Johnstone has been the dominant force of sprint breaststroke in her time at

Robert Gordon and so it proved again in February after she clinched both 50m and 100m titles, helping Gordon to 11th in the league standings. If Stirling look to be on the rise again in third overall, Swansea continue to go from strength to strength. Helped by their in-form Georgia Davies, who secured another BUCS treble in the 50,100 and 200m backstroke events, the Welsh outfit stormed to second in the standings, a superb achievement considering where they were 7 years ago. Davies wasn’t alone on the podium. Alice Tennant pitched in with a gold and two silvers while Chris Suggitt and Alys Thomas also claimed multiple medals. But despite their fantastic efforts, they remained over 100 points behind Loughborough when the points tally was totalled, a result that the champions should dedicate to their outstanding female set-up. And as another superb BUCS swimming season draws to a close, it’s going to take a monumental effort of Miley or Meilutyte proportions to prevent the Leicestershire giants repeating the feat again next time around.

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Achieving an international cap for your country is the ultimate honour and something competitors at the highest level constantly strive for in all aspects of their training. Ever wondered what it takes to compete at the highest level? Each seemingly small part of an elite athlete’s life contributes to their success; by analysing these we can uncover the secrets to success for ourselves.

Olympic swimmer Georgia Davies is currently studying Law at Swansea University whilst also training full time and is achieving extremely high standards in both. This year she has chosen to study part time as this makes it easier to combine training and studying but she is clearly a driven and hard-working individual, declaring, “I’m determined to do well in both [university and swimming] and I think that swimming training has helped to make me more organised and disciplined”.

With 9 or 10 pool sessions a week, each at least 2 hours long, combined with 3-4 strength and conditioning sessions being the norm for elite swimmers there is no doubt that a huge amount of dedication is necessary to reach your full potential, especially when total training time can be in excess of 26 hours a week. That being said, combining swimming and academic studies, is a definite possibility; British

Along with managing their time, athletes must also learn to manage things like nutrition and injury. Whilst physio will remain a key part of most elite swimmers’ training, they must also be able to self manage the niggles and stresses of day-to-day life as an athlete. Davies believes this remains a key part of her program, “Physio is really important, especially in teaching us all to self maintain with foam rollers,

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peanuts and hockey balls etc. And when we have any injuries, maybe from over training, it’s vital to have the support of the physio”. Kurt Rumley, a sports science expert currently working with a number of top level athletes in Edinburgh, including 3-time British Olympian Caitlin McClatchey, likened good nutritional practice to maintenance of a car; “as an elite athlete you are trying to turn your body into a finely tuned machine, you wouldn’t try to run a race car with no oil or on an empty tank; your body is the same for it to run at it’s maximum, it needs to be correctly fuelled with a “full tank” and for it to run smoothly and recover efficiently it needs to be properly “oiled” i.e. have all the vitamins, minerals and building blocks for the repairs it needs.” He added that, “To make the jump from good BUCS athlete with a good skill and fitness base, you are undoubtedly going to need to step up your training intensity. If


. . . r e t wa you don’t have a handle on correctly fuelling your body for performance and repair, you simply won’t be able to train hard enough or long enough to make the gains you are looking for”. This may seem like a daunting task for many, but it just requires small changes to ways of thinking and living; with the huge amounts of available literature on nutrition for elite performance available, these small changes will be easy to come by. Another key aspect of performance is sport psychology; this is often an area that is neglected and the benefits can be significantly overlooked. Though it may not seem apparent, many elite athletes struggle with anxieties about their performance; be it extreme nerves, self-doubt or deviations in motivation. Davies also credits sport psychology with improving her overall performance; “It [sport psychology] is so helpful for me, with race prep, or working on increasing confidence and self belief. Also I find with the amount of training making me quite tired,

sometimes it helps to have a chat to the psychologist to help me to be rational and get the best out of my training”. Although not all aspiring elite performers will have access to a sport psychologist, there are many small things that can be done to maintain focus in training or to increase belief in ability. Techniques such as goal setting are commonly used to improve focus and ultimately develop confidence in an athlete’s ability; whether these are small shortterm goals, such as being early to training for extra warm-up, or long-term goals such as medalling at National Championships, both will increase effort and concentration during training. Davies, however, identifies that the most important tool for success is enjoyment; “the amount of training required to swim at a high level is so intense, it can be difficult to be motivated to get out of bed at 5.30am when it’s cold and dark, but if you enjoy training and have friends who do it with you, it’s so much easier.” And shows that determination and resilience is also key, “I always try and do everything to the

best of my ability, no matter how small it may be; so that no matter what the result when it comes to racing, I know I have tried my best and couldn’t have done any more.” This opinion is one shared by all elite swimmers and most athletes in general, the hunger to improve and be the best you can be will only be at its highest when you enjoy what you’re doing. Rumley added to this notion, “I think it is important to take ownership of your program; your coach, sport scientist, physio and strength and conditioning coach all have their input but only you can say how you feel. They will help you achieve what you want to achieve, communication and effort is key.” Although this is just an insight into the extra commitment of an elite athlete there are many concepts and ideas that can provide instant improvements for any athlete. If the ‘will to win’ is present in all aspects of your training and the enjoyment of participating in your sport boosts this then who knows what could happen. An improved diet, a couple of focused goals and a few extra sessions here and there, and there could be a British cap waiting just around the corner. Studentsportmagazine.com///25


16 year old lithuanian swimming star

ruta meilutyte by 15, she had broken eleven national records. she spent 1 minute 5.47 seconds in a london swimming pool and made history as olympic champion!

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First person in independent Lithuania to win gold in the pool... I think the main problem is not having the facilities in lithuania and alot of the talented swimmers don’t get to train to the best of their ability, that’s why I moved over here.

Training in Lithuania compared to the UK... I was training the same amount, the intensity of the sessions were at a whole different level. Swimming is way more developed over here; this really helped me to get where I am. I struggle with the early morning swims, about 4 a week. I 26///Studentsportmagazine.com

do 9 sessions in the pool and 3 in the gym; they’re just general conditioning sessions.

Finishing first...had you given it much thought? No, I didn’t expect it, my time going into the Olympics would of only just made the top 10 and I was aiming to make the final. I just focused on what I was doing. The atmosphere was amazing, it will always be the biggest thing in my life, and it was absolutely crazy.

going to School as Olympic Champion and being in the public eye.... It doesn’t really change much, I still go to school and I’m still normal, the whole attention and how people see me has changed but I’m ok with that. It’s not so bad in Britain with attention but when I go back there [lithuania] it’s insane.

Inspiring a nation... I do hope I inspire as many young people as I can in any sport really, but particularly in swimming. Basketball is a huge sport in Lithuania so it would be great to get swimming more attention, it is a great


It’s been a weekend of fast swimming, star spotting and superheroes at Ponds Forge, Sheffield as the Sunderland University swim squad made their mark on the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.

ANDY SIXSMITH sport. It’s definitely getting there after the olympics.

Most gold medallists at London 2012 said that they celebrated with a beer or two. Being only 15 at the time you probably chose something a little more wholesome... Mc Donald’s and lots of it! at the olympic village it was free and was open 24 hours!

Rio 2016... Hopefully swim faster keeping the same mindset of staying relaxed and chilled.

to keep updated, follow ruta on twitter! @MeilutyteRuta

In an event dominated by the stars of the sport, the team raced with courage and dignity to set new personal bests across the board, while still managing to fit in a bit of fancy dress on the Saturday evening. Faced with a schedule including the likes of Olympic champion, Ruta Meilutyte and recently appointed world champion, Hannah Miley, it was always going to be an uphill task reaching the upper echelons of the top 10 rankings needed for finals. But the team did the only thing they could do – focusing on their own races, rather than standing in awe of their fellow competitors and the results reflected this. Dan Heeley was in impressive form throughout, finishing 22nd in the 100m freestyle and 23rd in the 200m event and he was backed up by strong swims from the likes of Melissa Widdrington, Danny Scurr, Claire Chambers, Victoria Clarke and Fabienne Loveder. And in that respect, it would have been easy to forget the team had only been together since

October, with the meet giving the sport a strong foundation to work from in future years. Coach Alex Counsell was understandably pleased with the team’s progress since their inception. “To come so far in so little time is an amazing achievement in itself,” he insisted. “Some people may question the lack of finals from the team, but you have to understand the sport, know the immense level of competition and then you’ll be able to see how good our results truly were.” Social secretary, Sam Tallintire was happy to see the squad’s social skills hadn’t deserted them while racing so well. “As ever at BUCS, it’s great to see all the teams mingle with each other and have such a good time alongside the heat of competition throughout the weekend,” she reflected. “Our lot would never pass up on such an opportunity anyway, but I’m delighted to see them dive into the BUCS spirit so soon in the team’s existence.” So with a full year of BUCS racing under their belts, the swim squad look ahead to Varsity before pushing on next season. Not bad for a team that’s only been together for five months…


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Alex Marritt won the Men’s Singles, 21 – 15, 13 – 21 and 21 – 16 in the final against Jamie

Bonsels (Leeds Met). Peter Briggs and Harley Towler cruised to the final where they won in style with a 21 – 11, 21 - 11 victory over the Leeds Met’s Mark Middleton and Ed Thomas. Sisters Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Em were the dominant double with a win over the Leeds Met pairing of Sophie Brown and Anita Raj Kaur. Not content at 3, Loughborough deployed mixed doubles artillery, Harley Towler,

Ng Hui Lin, Peter Briggs and Samantha ward for an incredible all Loughborough final making it a guaranteed 4 out of 5 titles. In the end it was Towler and Lin who rose above stable mates for some well earned bragging rights on the journey home to the Midlands! Loughborough v.s Leeds Met next year?...oooooh!

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FONTAINE CHAPMAN

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BADMINTON

‘Loughborough dominated’ is quite a familiar phrase and nothing changes in the Badminton. They were one Women’s Singles title away from a clean sweep thanks to Fontaine Chapman (Leeds Met), but I’m sure they are not shedding any tears over their 4 (out of 5) titles.


ALEX MARRITT • PETER BRIGGS Harley Towler and Hui Ng became double BUCS Gatorade National champions as Loughborough won the mixed doubles, women’s doubles, men’s singles and doubles this weekend.

went unbeaten all weekend, having won 14 matches in a row with their partners and between them only one game was lost all weekend, in a men’s doubles match against a pair from Leeds Met.

The only missing piece from a Loughborough clean sweep was the women’s singles which was won by Fontaine Chapman of Leeds Met. Loughborough’s Nanna Vainio got to the semi finals before losing to number one seed and four time winner Anita Raj Kaur.

The same pair both had a lot of pressure on them coming into the tournament as they were both ranked number one in their events, but the pretournament favourites lived up to their billing.

Success did come in the form of Alex Marritt, who took home the men’s singles title, after beating favourite Jamie Bonsels 21-15 13-21 2116 in the final. The pair of Towler and Ng won the mixed doubles, in an all-Loughborough final against second seeds Peter Briggs and Samantha Ward. Towler and Ng then went on to wins with Briggs and Ng’s sister in the men’s and women’s doubles respectively. Towler and Ng both

The whole of the Loughborough badminton squad should be proud of their performances. The weekend demonstrated a real strength in depth across the disciplines in the squad, as most competitors made it deep into the tournament. In particular, Aaron Cheng in the men’s singles who reached the quarter finals before going out to Bath’s Chris Evans and Rebecca Boyle who made it to round five in the women’s singles. Another notable performance came

from fifth seeds Martin Drabble and Robert Golding who reached the quarter finals in the men’s doubles. Nanna Vainio and Samantha Ward also reached the semi finals in the women’s doubles and were close to making it an all Loughborough affair in the final. After the tournament The Epinal spoke to a delighted Harley Towler about his exceptional performance: “Today (Sunday) was especially intense with a lot of tough matches, but I am really pleased with how I maintained my level all the way through the tournament. It is great to represent the university and demonstrate how well the performance programme here works. “Overall, I am happy to win both titles and have to say that both my partners played great in the finals. I am also relieved that I lived up to my seedings, which put me under a bit of pressure from the start of the tournament.”

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ANGLIA RUSKIN TEAM CHAMPIONS

MEN’S NORTHUMBRIA TEAM CHAMPIONS

WOMEN’S


ELLIOT RAY MCGARVEY UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH MEN’S 2KYU- U60KG

SIMAK REDHAI

MPAKO KOGE

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD MEN’S 1KYU+ U66KG

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK MEN’S 2KYU- U66KG

JAN GOSIEWSKI

ASSEN BABACHEV

UNIVERSITY OF BATH MEN’S 1KYU+ U73KG

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM MEN’S 2KYU- U73KG

BENJAMIN SKRETTING

ZELIMHAN MUSTOV

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD MEN’S 1KYU+ U81KG

NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY MEN’S 2KYU- U81KG

MAX DENNING

ALEXANDER SHEPARD

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD MEN’S 1KYU+ U90KG

UNIVERSITY OF LOUGHBOROUGH MEN’S 2KYU- U90KG

JACK KELLY

FRASER MURRAY

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH MEN’S 1KYU+ U100KG

UNIVERSITY OF ABERTAY MEN’S 2KYU- U100KG

MARK CARTER

EDWARD BROWN

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY MEN’S 1KYU+ 100KG+

SHEFFIELD HALLAM MEN’S 2KYU- 100KG+

EMILY HICKMAN

ROKSANA DUTKIEWICZ

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S 1KYU+ U52KG

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER WOMEN’S 2KYU- U57KG

STEPHANIE INGLIS

RACHAEL BARTLETT

HERRIOT WATT WOMEN’S 1KYU+ U57KG

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK WOMEN’S 2KYU- U63KG

CHLOE COWEN

SIGITA ZIGURE

NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S 1KYU+ U63KG

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER WOMEN’S 2KYU- U70KG

NATASHA MASLEN

RUTH ELEANOR DICKENSON

UNIVERSITY OF BATH WOMEN’S 1KYU+ U70KG

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH WOMEN’S 2KYU- U78KG

NATALIE POWELL

NORA BEEKING

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S 1KYU+ U78KG

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW WOMEN’S 2KYU- 78KG+

REBECCA TELFER UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL WOMEN’S 1KYU+ 78KG+

Oxford dominated the top spot of the podium in the Mens 1Kyu and above categories with Simak Redhai (u66Kg), Benjamin Skretting (u81Kg) and Max Denning (u90Kg) all taking gold. The stand out performance for Oxford has to be Max Denning in the u90kg category with a great victory over Juuso Terava (Imperial) in the final. Brighton claimed a silver and bronze with James Draper and Zhumagaziyev Ayan in the u60Kg category. Anglia Ruskin could only manage two bronze medals with Matthew Kavanagh in the u81Kg and Josip Sancic in the u90Kg. Mark Carter (Brunel) showed his experience in the Over 100Kg category and stopped David Abed (Oxford) from adding another gold to the Oxford tally.

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took gold in a final contest against Chloe Jackson (Brunel) in the final. Tara Fitzjohn (Anglia Ruskin) and Helen Fobes (Edinburgh) shared bronze. Helen Weatherburn (Swansea) looked likely champion at u63Kg but a great performance from Chloe Cowen (Northumbria) deprived Southern Wales the top medal. Birmingham picked up three medals in the 2Kyu and below categories. Sean Barber lost in the u60Kg final against Elliot Ray McGarvey (Portsmouth) taking silver back to Brum whilst team-mate, Assen Babachev, defeated Tauke Seiketov (St Andrews) in the

u73Kg category for gold to accompany Philip Willoughby’s (Birmingham) bronze in the u90Kg category. The Women’s 2Kyu saw Warwick, Brunel and Manchester enjoy cross category representation on the podium; in the u63Kg Rachael Bartlett (Warwick) took gold with her teammate Chioma Ukaigwe earning bronze. Emma Mosby (Brunel) gained a silver medal in the u63Kg category and the other Brunel silver went to Petra Pasztor in the over 78Kg category.

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RORY KAVANAGH

GARRICK EASTWOOD

UWE

TEESIDE UNIVERSITY

MEN’S NOVICE KUMITE -70KG

MEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -60KG

KHALAL GANTARA

CARLOS LEN VALBUENA

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

MEN’S NOVICE KUMITE -80KG

MEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -67KG

TUKWASI ANUKAM

ALTON BROWN

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

SOUTH BANK

MEN’S NOVICE KUMITE +80KG

MEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -75KG

MELISSA HARRIS

BRIAN KANYANGA

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

WOMEN’S NOVICE KUMITE -57KG

MEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -84KG

VIVIAN WONG

ANATOLLY GOUSHKOV

LSE

UWE

WOMEN’S NOVICE KUMITE -63KG

MEN’S SENIOR KUMITE +84KG

PETYA PETKOVA

EDWARD FOXALL

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

WOMEN’S NOVICE KUMITE +63KG

MEN’S NOVICE KATA

CARLA BURKITT

YUSUKE ONISHI

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

WOMEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -55KG

MEN’S INTERMEDIATE KATA

HOLLY STIRLING

ALEX GARDNER

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

SHEFFIELD HALLAM

WOMEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -61KG

MEN’S SENIOR KATA

IONA FROST UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH WOMEN’S SENIOR KUMITE -68KG

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

HEATHER McCLAREN

MEN’S TEAM KUMITE

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH WOMEN’S SENIOR KUMITE +68KG

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

LOUISE MARRIAGE

WOMEN’S TEAM KUMITE

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL WOMEN’S NOVICE KATA

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

VALERIE GREITENS

MIXED TEAM KATA

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH WOMEN’S INTERMEDIATE KATA

EMMA LUCRAFT UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX WOMEN’S SENIOR KATA

To say that Edinburgh owned the BUCS Gatorade Nationals Karate would be a slight understatement; finishing with a total of 108 overall points with Middlesex in distant second with 44 points and Liverpool in 3rd on 26. Edinburgh had many towering performances through the two days

of competition. Both Yusuke Onishi and Joe Farrimond stacked up gold and silver respectively in the Men’s Intermediate Kata. Valerie Greitens (Edinburgh) took gold in the Women’s Intermediate Kata leaving Lucia Yuen (Kent) with a silver and her Kent teammate Valarie Proietti to settle for bronze alongside Ellie Reynolds (Sussex). Liverpool held top podium positions in both the Women’s and Men’s Novice Kata with Louise Marriage and Edward


Women’s Senior Kata and Men’s Senior Kata saw both champions looking to defend titles which they did with subsequent style. Emma Lucraft (Essex) was crowned champion, bagging gold for another year and Alex Gardner retained his title despite some stern competition from new entries. Edinburgh wielded their ferocity yet again the Women’s Team Kumite, conquering top spot over Dundee who took home a hardfought second followed by Manchester and Middlesex who took home the bronze. Birmingham soared in the Men’s equivalent with Kent in second and Coventry and Bath in third. Carla Burkitt denied Edinburgh a clean sweep for the gold medals in the Women’s Senior Kumite with the Middlesex student striking defiant gold at u55Kg. From there on it was Edinburgh all the way with Holly Sterling taking gold in the u61Kg, Iona Frost matching her team-mate in the u68Kg and Heather McClaren (68Kg+) making it 3 out of 4 national titles. The Men’s Senior Kumite yielded a mixed bag of champions with an array of universities enjoying the podium across the different weight categories. Garrick Eastwood (Teeside) was masterful at u60Kg with Jamie Bowen (UWE) in second place; Alex Tranter (Newcastle) and Harshil Chauhan (Middlesex) sharing bronze. In the Over 84Kg classification, Anatoliy Goushkov (UWE) took the gold as predicted last month by TeamSSM. Matthew Coope (Cardiff ) finished with silver and the concluding medals were picked up by both Georgi Slavchev (Coventry) and Barnabaus Shaw (UEA) who shared bronze.

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alex gardner sheffield hallam university sports science and perform bucs gatorade senior kata k Expectations...

on winning the I did sort of go into the competition expecting to win, I knew there was going medal, karate to be some good 1st years coming into competition who had some potential in the olympics the so I knew I had to be on top form. But if knew that, if I hadn’t performed at my and one hell best, anyone could beat me. There were a couple of guys I had to watch out for who were new to the competition but of a random my main competitors who I usually come up against outside of this event don’t go fact, TeamSSM to university so there wasn’t a massive amount of pressure on me. managed to catch up with BUCS Gatorade the Men’s Senior Nationals... It’s the biggest competition of the Kata Champion year for me numbers wise, in other there’s usually only 4 before he left competitions or 5 rounds but at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals there’s 6 rounds so it’s for Australia. always bigger due to the number of

competitors. It’s always a really well run competition, it’s also great to now have Gatorade involved in university sport.

Retaining the title... Yes, it was great; I did feel that little bit of added pressure going in as favourite and current champ but I made sure that I maintained a good level of performance. It was good to bring it back and hopefully next year I can make it 3 years on the run.

Olympics 2020, will they get it... Hopefully it gets in, I think it deserves to be an Olympic sport. I’ll still be


y mance coaching karate champion competing definitely, my England coach still competes at world level and he’s 32 so I would be in with a shout if I can keep myself fit and at the top of my game.

Challenges... Injuries really, I had a bad patch when I was about 16 – I had a broken leg, ankle operation and a few other little things. But the main thing is the money really, with it all being self funded, if it gets into the Olympics then it will get government funding and that will help athletes improve.

Student Life... It is hard at times but it’s not impossible, the university are great, I wouldn’t be able to do it without them – extensions, training, they really do help me in loads of different ways. Gary Hutt, who I’ve spent most of my time with at Hallam, works with me getting programmes sorted. The programmes

generally include alot of compound lifts, like your squats and deadlifts but the best thing is if I want to work on a specific area the guys will really help me put together a lift that does just that.

Sheffield in particular... I can’t complain at all, for me it’s one of the best cities in the whole of Britain. Living on Eccy road is perfect, shame about the weather now and again as it tends to snow randomly at times. It’s great for a night out, Eccy road is always busy and only a short trip and you’re in town.

honest, it has to go to Jessica Ennis.

Sporting Idol... It’s a difficult one, I guess in a way I used to idolise the Gladiators.

Guilty Pleasure... Well.... I’ve been asked this question before and I’ve got to answer it the same; Michael Flatley and the River dance. I think he’s just one of my Idols. A big icon for me.

Random Fact... Best Celebrity you’ve met...

In a school play I once played an ugly sister in Cinderella.

Well Kel Brook is in the gym alot, so he’s definitely up there, but to be

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ALEXANDRA FROST UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON WOMEN’S 0-5 U52KG

JUDITH UNTERLASS UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE WOMEN’S 0-5 U64KG

JUDITH UNTERLASS UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE WOMEN’S 0-5 U64KG

AMBER WITHERS UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON WOMEN’S 0-5 U67KG

ARSALAN OTHMAN SHEFFIELD HALLAM MEN’S 2-10 U51KG

AIMAL MAZIDI UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH MEN’S 2-10 U54KG

RYAN HUTCHINGS LEEDS METROPOLITAN MEN’S 2-10 U57KG

LEWIS ADAMS ANGLIA RUSKIN MEN’S 2-10 U60KG

CRAIG KENNERDALE SHEFFIELD HALLAM MEN’S 2-10 U63.5KG

ARON AHLUWALIA UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH MEN’S 2-10 U67KG

LUKASZ POSNIK UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER MEN’S 2-10 U71KG

JACK HASLETT DURHAM UNIVERSITY MEN’S 2-10 U75KG

THOMAS DAVIES UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL MEN’S 2-10 U81KG

STEPHEN ADDISON LONDON SOUTH BANK MEN’S 2-10 U71KG

ELLIOT DILLON UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER MEN’S 2-10 U91KG

Simon Roe


BOXING

21 bouts took place at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals showcasing a great standard of boxing. All of the top boxing universities attended with Brighton appearing in all 3 women’s bouts. The first 3 bouts were won in the blue corner, Alexandra Frost (Brighton) was named first champion of the day in the u52kg category. Team-mate Lucy Kent was up against a tough Judith Unterlass

(Newcastle) in the u64kg but was unable to keep the Brighton momentum going. However, Amber Withers added a win to the Brighton tally in the u67kg category against Alex Collins (Portsmouth) with a first round stoppage. Boxers who had between 2 – 10 bouts were up next across 11 weight categories. Portsmouth appeared in the first three, Riaz Sumra (Portsmouth) was beaten

by Arsalan Othman (Hallam) at u51kg. Aimal Mazidi (Portsmouth) was faced a strong Josh Johal (Northumbria) at u57kg. Mazidi managed to get the win and claim Portsmouth’s first gold in the competition. Ryan Hutchings (Leeds Met) stormed from the blue corner causing Seesun Gurung (Portsmouth) a few problems, Hutchings took the gold at u57kg. Lewis Adams (Anglia Ruskin) beat Takaki


JOSH OSBOURNE SWANSEA UNIVERSITY MEN’S 2-10 91KG+

OLUWAYTOYIN AFOLABI UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX MEN’S 11-20 U63.5KG

DANIEL ASLOP CARDIFF METROPOLITAN MEN’S 11-20 U67KG

ALI ZAHID EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY MEN’S 11-20 U71KG

LEE JENKINS UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON MEN’S 11-20 U75KG

JAKE SLATER NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY MEN’S 20+ U60KG

MAX WICKS UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON MEN’S 20+ U71KG

Yamagishi (Abertay) at u60kg and next up, Craig Kennerdale, (Hallam) faced Ashley Dantzie (Portsmouth) at u63.5kg. Kennerdale showed his ability from the off and claimed a well deserved win with some well timed accurate punches. Portsmouth’s Aron Ahluwalia got the team back on track, overhauling Ryan Hibberd (Plymouth) in the u67Kg category with some critical and tactical boxing. Lukasz Posnik (Manchester) was one step ahead of Hallam’s Shay McCarthy at u71kg. Posnik started off well from the beginning and maintained his composure to the last round to secure a win. Jack Haslett (Durham) was up next against James Farrell (Liverpool), the Durham athlete

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competed last year in the u75kg but failed to make the finals. Both boxers started strong landing punch after punch. Haslett clinched the bout in the final round and went on to say; ‘I knew going into the last round it was close, so I went into the final round and I gave it everything I had. I’m over the moon; I’ve trained so hard for it. I didn’t even go out for my 21st. All the hard work in the gym and those training sessions have definitely paid off.’ He added; ‘I stayed in the same category as last year but I’ve managed to get closer to the weight.’ Comparing last year’s performance he said: ‘Technically I think I’ve improved as well but having more power behind the punch has been the biggest difference for me.’ It was Thomas Davies (Liverpool) v.s Alex Mellor (Coventry) in the u81Kg category. Both boxers held composure in the first round, the Liverpool boxer showed a prominant work rate in round two. Davies had caused too much damage to the scorecard by the end of round three

earning a unanimous decision. After the bout he said; ‘I found it hard at times against my opponent, he didn’t give too much away so I had to take the chances when they came. I kept patient and just threw the punches when I could.’ He went onto to say; ‘the set up at Liverpool is great, the university have helped us with equipment and it’s really paying off with all boxers we’ve had here at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.’ When asked about the standard of boxing on show and the event he said; ‘loads of talented guys are here today, Hallam and Manchester stood out, they have some great boxers. The event’s been brilliant, it’s great to have Gatorade involved and I look forward to coming back and hopefully competing next year.’ Stephen Addison (South Bank), from the red corner, started off slow in the first round against Adam Badaway (Liverpool). The second round went to the South Bank boxer who was leading off the front froot. Looking balanced going into round three, the Liverpool boxer landed a


melay of point scoring blows but his efforts were in vain. Gold medallist, Addison said; ‘I won it in the second round really, in the first I just held back, found my feet and took in the atmosphere. I didn’t want to go too quick and have nothing left in the final round. It was a good tactical fight.’ He added: ‘Training has been tough in the build up, I’ve been doubling up on sessions some days and sparring alot. It helped me get the win today without a doubt.’ The South Bank boxer will return next year: ‘I’m sticking with this weight; it’s what I feel good at and where I feel I’m at my best. I’m looking to get back here next year if I get onto my master’s; I want to defend my title.’ Elliot Dillon (Chester) beat James Tilstone (Bath) at u91kg. Both opponents went out fairly strong but Dillon took the first round. The Chester athlete landed accurately and looked to be securing the fight, but Tilstone resisted and carried a fighting chance into the final round. Going into the third round both

boxers were wearing their opponent’s punches. Tilstone battled through to the end of the third but Dillon had done enough. The Chester athlete said; ‘At times I thought he was going to go down but the ref just didn’t stop it so I just had to go again and keep digging in each time. I knew I was on top but I had to keep a bit left in the tank for the final round, just in case, so I made sure I didn’t go to my max in the first two rounds.’

Gatorade Nationals for his team.

The final bout of the Male 2 – 10 didn’t disappoint with both Josh Osbourne (Swansea) and Bamidele Ogunseye (Portsmouth) leaving their corners in the first round at full intensity. The Swansea boxer proved too much for Portsmouth and Osbourne wrapped up gold for South Wales.

Another Brighton boxer took to the ring and managed to grab a gold. Lee Jenkins’ (Brighton) experience showed when he was up against James McKeon (Loughborough) in the u75kg category.

It was time for some of the more experienced boxers to set up with a total of 4 fights in the 11– 20 bouts category. First up was Oluwatoyin Afolabi (Essex) against Graham Neill (Sheffield). The Essex boxer was victorious in the u63.5Kg category and got the first gold of the BUCS

Daniel Hirst (Manchester Met) was unsuccessful against Daniel Aslop (Cardiff Met). Aslop got off to a better start and carried punches away from the off. Ali Zahid (Edge Hill) only needed one round to take the win against Nathan Whitehead (Leeds Met). The Edge Hill boxer proved too much for Whitehead in the u71kg category.

The final bout of the evening was Jake Slater (Northumbria) and Sam Bezzina (East London). With both boxers having over 20 bouts behind them, it was a classy display of university boxing. Slater managed to take home gold in a very close and tactical final bout at u60kg, a prime showing for a cracking day of boxing.

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CHRISTOPHER HAY

JENNY McGEEVER

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE

EPEE MAIYURAN RATNESWARAN

ALICE WATSON

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON

SABRE LORENZO ROSSI

CATRIONA SIBERT

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

FOIL A CHANGE OF VENUE DIDN’T HINDER THE QUALITY OF FENCING ON SHOW. WITH THE FENCING MOVED TO GRAVES CENTRE INSTEAD OF EIS SHEFFIELD, THE EVENT STILL ATTRACTED MANY INTERNATIONALS FROM THE FENCING CIRCUIT. THE BIG FENCING UNIVERSITIES WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND LOOKING TO CONQUER FOR THOSE VITAL BUCS POINTS. THE BUCS GATORADE NATIONALS’ FENCING WAS HELD OVER 3 DAYS WHICH WAS LOGISTICALLY ESSENTIAL WITH A HUGE NUMBER OF ENTRIES.

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FENCING


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DAY 1 - (MEN’S EPEE & WOMEN’S SABRE) THE MEN’S EPEE WAS A CLOSE ENCOUNTER, CHRISTOPHER HAY (BATH) WAS ON THE TOP OF THE PODIUM AT THE END OF THE DAY. ‘I MANAGED TO GET A 3 HIT LEAD IN THE FINAL. ONCE I GOT THE LEAD I COULD JUST HOLD BACK ABIT AND DEFEND IT.’ NEARLY GETTING KNOCKED OUT IN THE LAST 16 WITH IT COMING DOWN TO 14 – 14 HE SAID; ‘I JUST GOT A LUCKY LAST HIT WHEN IT WAS 14 – 14 THAT TOOK ME THROUGH TO THE QUARTERS.’ AFTER FINISHING 11TH AS A FRESHER LAST YEAR AND BEING CROWNED CHAMPION THIS YEAR CHRIS WENT ON TO SAY; ‘IT’S A GREAT EVENT AND I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARDS TO COMING BACK NEXT YEAR AND DEFENDING MY TITLE.’

ALICE WATSON OF ROEHAMPTON WAS CROWNED CHAMPION IN THE WOMEN’S SABRE. ZOE ROBINSON (IMPERIAL COLLEGE) WHO WAS LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON HER SECOND PLACE FROM LAST YEAR WAS KNOCKED OFF THE PODIUM WITH FLORINA ALEXANDRA MINZAT TAKING HER PLACE. IZABELA SOSNOWSKA (EXETER) AND EMILY TODD (DURHAM) MEDALLED AT BRONZE. DAY 2 (MEN’S FOIL & WOMEN’S EPEE) THERE WAS A COMPLETE CHANGE AT THE TOP OF THE MEN’S FOIL FOLLOWING A CHANGE IN THE SEEDING STRUCTURE WHICH RESULTED IN SOME BIG NAME CLASHES IN EARLIER ROUNDS. EDMONDO RIVA (EDINBURGH), WHO WENT INTO THE COMPETITION LOOKING TO DEFEND HIS TITLE, PLACED 7TH. LORENZO ROSSI (KENT) TOOK GOLD WITH MIHAI RASCU (MANCHESTER) GETTING SILVER. THOMAS ALLEN (BOUNREMOUTH) AND PETER HOLDER (ROEHAMPTON) BOTH FINISHED IN BRONZE POSITION. THE WOMEN’S EPEE SAW LAST YEAR’S BRONZE MEDALLIST, JENNY MCGEEVER (ST MARY’S), GET THROUGH HER SEMIFINAL AND TRIUMPH IN THE FINAL TO TAKE HOME GOLD. 2012 CHAMPION, CAITLIN CHANG (HALLAM), WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN MAKING IT ONTO

THE PODIUM THIS YEAR. LOUISE ANDREN (BATH) PLACED IN 3RD ALONGSIDE CAITLIN JONES (IMPERIAL) WITH AMY REDFORD IN 3RD. DAY 3 (MEN’S SABRE & WOMEN’S FOIL) CHAMPION, MAIYURAN RATNESWARAN OF IMPERIAL COLLEGE STOOD ON THE TOP OF THE PODIUM RETAINING HIS TITLE IN THE MEN’S SABRE AND ONCE AGAIN, JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, HE WAS NEXT TO TEAM-MATE CAMILLE VAN HOFFELEN WHO TOOK SILVER. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE FROM LAST YEAR’S ROLL OF HONOURS IS THAT WILL FOTHERBY (BRISTOL) AND HENRY GANN (IMPERIAL) GOT PUSHED DOWN TO 5TH AND 6TH RESPECTIVELY AS HARRY BOTELER (CAMBRIDGE) AND JOHN SIMMONS (LANCASTER) REPLACE THEM IN 3RD. NONE OF LAST YEAR’S MEDAL WINNING WOMEN OCCUPIED TOP 3 POSITIONS IN FOIL. ELIZABETH NG (SURREY), FELL SHY OF HER PREVIOUS SILVER SPOT AFTER PLACING IN 6TH. CATRIONA SIBERT (EDINBURGH) TOOK THE GOLD WITH ALEX CRAIG (CAMBRIDGE) COMING RUNNER UP IN THE FINAL TO CLAIM THE SILVER MEDAL. RUTH CLARKE (EDINBURGH) AND AMY HYMAN (SHEFFIELD) COULDN’T MAKE IT THROUGH THEIR SEMI FINALS AND WERE FORCED TO HALF A BRONZE.

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LOUIS PARKINSON UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

MEN’S MICHAELA TRACEY UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

TEAM

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Michaela Tracey (Sheffield) went into the competition as joint favourite with Edinburgh’s Natalie Berry. After a closely fought contest the Sheffield student claimed the gold with Berry falling out of contention after skipping a route and missing out on vital points leaving her to take silver. Francis Bensley travelled back home to Exeter with the bronze.

CLIMBING

The University of Sheffield rose victorious in the overall team standings at the Climbing Works with Edinburgh taking silver. Sheffield Hallam also grabbed a spot of home advantage and claimed team bronze. Hallam Club President Alex Stirling said; ‘We came into the competition with loads of potential, the female climbers looked really good but a couple of injuries have caused some to drop out, one with a back injury and one’s just popped her finger out so it’s going to be difficult.’ He also predicted that Edinburgh will be up there when he added; ‘Edinburgh climbers are looking good this year, so I’d say they will be up there at the end of the day.’ Asked about home advantage and Hallam’s one to watch, he continued; ‘it does help, our climbers will probably feel more comfortable and won’t feel as much pressure as others will. From Hallam Men’s side of things Ashleigh Wolsey-Heard is probably the best chance of getting up there amongst the top 5 so keep an eye out for him.’ Louis Parkinson (Leeds) managed to exceed his silver from last year and placed a firm grip upon gold at the end of the day. Andrew Porter (Northumbria) came in second place and Sheffield’s Johnny Field finished the presentations with bronze.


NATALIE

BERRY V about the day...

managing your time...

EDINBURGH

THE UNIVERSITY OF

Junior Champion... I was a member of the junior british team for a while and now I’ve moved up to senior. I’ve not done too many senior comps at the moment because I’m on my year abroad but I’ve done a few over in france and I’m looking to do some in Austria hopefully. the Pinnacle of climbing... it’s got to be the world championships but climbing outdoors is just good fun in general. Michaela... We’ve been competing since we were about 11 or maybe even younger. we’re good friends, even in the competitive environment we tend to share knowledge and help each other out here and there. other competition... there are lots of climbers here who are ex british team so the standard is high and you have to keep that in mind. at edinburgh... we have a competition wall in the gym but we’ve also got one of the biggest climbing arenas in the world in edinburgh so we go there alot! BUCS Gatorade Nationals... this is my third BUCS event, the format can be quite tricky because of the number of climbers but it’s just a differrent style of competition and you have to get used to it if you want to have a chance of winning.

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FRENCH & GERMAN

it’s important as you are essentially managing your own competition, especially in bucs because it is impossible for everyone to have a set time to climb due to the number of competitors.

COURSE:

It was ok but I made a few tactical errors, I missed out one of the easier problems after concentrating on the harder ones and I didn’t realise until later on. It gets hectic and I was waiting in alot of queues and just ran out of time. I should have organised my time a little better.


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Y E C A TR

british seniors... I’ve just got involved so I’ve not competed as of yet but I’m looking forward to the World Boulder cups which is a different format. I tend to do better at that as there is much more pressure and I tend to climb better when it gets like that. Format... it’s a similar setup but they have fewer problems. They take everything off the climbing wall and just have 5 problems to tackle for the qualifiers and 4 in the final. When the competition is watching you... At other competitions, like at british senior level, the climbs are done in isolation so your competitors can’t watch, but here [at the BUCS gatorade nationals] when my competitors are watching you start thinking “I need to do this because they did etc.” so it can get in your head a little. when it’s just you vs. the climb it helps you to focus. Psyching each other out... It’s quite friendly but I think that there’s an undercurrent of people looking at each other with a hidden grin when they are yet to complete a tough route. Secret Celebrations if one of your competitors fall... It sounds really bad to say, but I guess there is an element of that, it’s a competitive sport and gaining an advantage contributes towards winning. Everyone is really nice but at the end of the day you don’t want them to beat you! Natalie... we usually just see each other at meets like this but it’s weird because you feel like you know the other person even if you don’t see them and when you meet like this it can be a really tense environment and you have to spend all day together so it’s good if you get on well. hands...

THE UNIVERSITY OF

COURSE:

There are 26 problems and you get 10 points for finishing on your first go, 7 on the seconds then 3 I think. They start getting tough at around number 20 so that leaves 6 problems that you have to really concentrate on but there are some that may cause you an issue that you know you should have done better on.

SHEFFIELD

MATERIAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

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Saturday saw the University of Southampton 2 take the team victory with a total of 574, followed by a proximate silver with the University of Cambridge on 573. A bigger breath separated second and third but, nevertheless, a respectable finish by Oxford saw them in 3rd position with a final total of 571. Oxford and Southampton were up on the podium again in the individuals, but it was all change, much to the dismay of Allan Skellet (Southampton) who missed out on completing a perfect victory as a spectacular finish from Jonathon Cockerill saw the gold safely to Oxford scoring an incredible195 out of a possible 200. Lucinda Taylor (Southampton) finished on 194 out of 200 along with four other shooters, but, a slightly dramatic stalemate meant that the NSRA countback rules applied which left Taylor with silver and Rupert Knight (Cardiff) with bronze. The scores from the overall final were taken for the Ladies Final which meant Lucinda Taylor (Southampton) added took a gold to accompany her previous medal leaving her team-mate, Jen Barber, to pick up silver with a total of 192. Edinburgh’s Kimberly Pope collected third place metal with a total of 189.

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UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

MEN’S LUCINDER TAYLOR UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

TEAM

RIFLE

JONATHAN COCKERILL


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“SOGGY BISCUIT”

“EUOC LEGENDESSES”

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

MEN’S RELAY

WOMEN’S RELAY

MIXED RELAY

BUCS has long been one of the biggest weekends of the year for Edinburgh University Orienteering Club (EUOC) and this time was no exception. For the past 7 years we have come away with the overall title and we weren’t about to give that up. This year the championships were to take place in Sheffield as part of the BUCS Gatorade Nationals, so on Friday afternoon we headed down on a coach provided by the Sports Union. Spirits were high, despite Newcastle’s rush hour traffic and our coach driver’s jovial demeanour. A few (ok, nearly 7) hours later we arrived and a last minute trip to the supermarket was made for instant porridge and croissants for those of us unable/unwilling to part with the extortionate price of a Premier Inn breakfast. We awoke on Saturday bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to race. Only 35 EUOC athletes were competing but we travelled in style with two coaches, one member of the club quite rightly announcing to the organisers upon arrival, “one is for all the trophies”. The area being used for the individual race was an exposed moor in the Peak District and when flakes of snow appeared they weren’t exactly met with wide-spread enthusiasm. Alasdair Mcleod, a member of the performance team, sounded confident though, citing a “great team atmosphere”. When asked about his and the team’s chances he responded; “we’ve had a good year in the CSE gym, have just got back from a training camp and are fit and ready to go. I think we have a lot of strengths to play to”. The first starters had no choice but to brave the elements, although they didn’t seem too deterred. EUOC’s Kristian Roberts took the win on the Men’s B course with an impressive margin of almost 3 hours, despite stopping for what he claimed was a lie down on the run-in, and Rachel Rayne and Heather Hale took 1st and 3rd on the Women’s B course respectively. As the day wore on sights were turned to the elite women and, just before her warm up, Rebecca

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LINNEA GUSTAFSSON

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

MEN’S

WOMEN’S

ORIENTEERING

PETER HODKINSON

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Harding had a few words for us on how her run-up to the race had gone; “I’ve recently got back from technical training in Portugal and have had an easy rest week. The club had a preparation evening looking at maps and deciding on strengths”. It clearly worked as once again Edinburgh dominated. Linnea Gustafsson came out on top, with 5 other Edinburgh athletes placing in the top 10 and in total occupying 15 of the top 25 positions. There were also some impressive results from the men with Oleg Chepelin taking the bronze and Mark Nixon coming in 5th. Sadly it was bad news for Alasdair ‘Sponge’ Mcleod as he

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was struck down by injury. Eyewitness reports have him letting out a “blood-curdling scream” as he went over on his ankle. He was whisked off on his own private coach (we knew it would come in handy at some point) for a verdict from the physio. It wasn’t good and meant that Ruairi Short, who himself had a good run for 21st, was promoted to the 1st team for the relays the next day. We left for our Saturday night accommodation in Endcliffe student village to warm up and get ready for the famous BUCS social which, with Sheffield organising, promised to be a good one. The theme was a Rubix Cube,

with each uni wearing a different colour and then swapping clothes throughout the night to end up with delightfully tasteful outfit. Swathed in all possible clashing shades of green the night kicked off in the bar at the accommodation before heading off down to the Student Union. At the prize giving it was announced that Edinburgh was leading the overall competition with the relays still to go. Afterward we headed on down to the Student Union where people ‘acquainted’ themselves, not only with other uni club members, but also the Sheffield locals. It’s probably also fair to say that, upon returning to


our accommodation, attempts at making cheese toasties using a microwave proved unsuccessful. It was an early start for the relays the next day, perhaps a bit too early for some. After some slight organisational hitches and a delayed start the men were off, and Ruairi had a great run to bring the men’s first team back in 7th only a couple of minutes down in the lead. Oleg, after his bronze medal effort the day before, put in another great performance to bring the team up to 2nd with just one leg to go. He handed over to Mark Nixon who, despite posting the second fastest split of the day, couldn’t hold off a great

final leg from Sheffield’s Jonny Crickmore and brought us home for the bronze. It was another great day for Edinburgh’s women taking 1st,2nd,4th and 5th and narrowly missing out on a clean sweep of the podium. It was a brilliant all round effort from the team and after some last minute calculations it was announced that Edinburgh, for the 8th straight year, had taken the BUCS overall title with a 16 point gap back to Sheffield in 2nd. It was also great to see such a range of universities being represented this year and for Durham, a definite up and coming club, to take 3rd place overall.

After all that excitement it was time to head back to the coach and start the long journey home. It passed relatively uneventfully, except perhaps for a certain member of the club taking advantage of his staff discount at a service station and placing a club food order of close to £100. Florence Haines summed up our BUCS experience; “I had such a good weekend! It was great to meet and socialise with people from different unis and the atmosphere at the races, especially the relay, was fantastic”. We’ll be back next year, hopefully stronger than ever, to go for a 9th consecutive overall title.

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CHRISTOPHER WORT - PAUL QUARTON - MATT BURTON

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

MEN’S TEAM SOPHIE LEWIS - VICTORIA PAYNE - SARAH BARTLETT

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

WOMEN’S TEAM PHILIP BIRKET

BRYONY PAGE

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

BUCS 1 NATHAN COMBER

MYFFY CAIRNS

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

BUCS 2 SAMUEL EASON

CATHERINE PEAKE

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

BUCS 3 SAM HYDES

SOPHIE GREEN

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

BUCS 4 ROBERT GREENFIELD

LAUREN HENDERSON

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND

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(Sheffield) retained e BUCS 1 Ladies hie Lewis (Leeds) cond place followed ates (UWE) who e bronze medal.

In the Men’s Team event, Manchester placed in gold position with the team of Christopher Wort, Paul Quarton and Matt Burton. Sheffield produced some great performances; Nathan Bunch, Ashley Payne and David Mason attained collective silver. Bristol, with Lee Meakin, Tim Perry and Richard Lundy claimed the last spot on the podium taking bronze. Sophie Lewis (Leeds) shared gold along with her stablemates

in the team event accompanied by Victoria Payne and Sarah Bartlett. Surrey placed in second with Amy Todd, Zara Hall and Danielle Robinson. High flying Bryony Page and her Sheffield teammates Emma Street and Megan Baker rounded off their meet with bronze to add to their array of BUCS Gatorade medals. With a successfull weekend behind them, all parties look ahead to another great tournament in 2014!

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How does your life differ in comparison to a ‘stereotypical’ student? I think it’s very different, I have a lot more restrictions. A typical day for me is attending lectures in the morning, going for a strength and conditioning session at the EIS gym for a couple of hours, come back to uni for more lectures, seminars or just catching up on work in the library. In the evenings I will coach for a few hours and then train. I won’t get back home until 8 or 9 for my dinner! Most of my weekends are taken up by competitions or training camps. I have training camps with the GB squad every 3 weeks or so which last on average 3 days mid-week. These are very intense with morning, afternoon and evening activities so I get very little time to be a student here and get work done. I stay in Sheffield over the holidays as this is where my training is based, so I don’t get to go home very often. Depending on how the trampolining year planner looks, I sometimes get one week to visit home in the summer or one week over Christmas. I do get to travel all over the world for competitions, I’ve been to places not many students get to go to like China, Japan and Bulgaria; this is definitely a bonus of being an elite athlete! I think the main difference is that most students fit their life around university, whereas my top priority is my sport and must fit around my work around that, only then can I think 66///Studentsportmagazine.com

about finding time in my busy schedule to fit in anything else! I think a major difference is that my wardrobe is full of sports clothes and leotards rather than dresses!

How do the University help you in relation to university work, training, finance etc? They’ve really helped me. I am on the Elite Sport Performance Scheme (ESPS) which is patroned by Jessica Ennis. It’s a scholarship scheme where athletes get support such as free physio, gym membership and a personal trainer. A few, such as myself, are awarded £1000 to put towards their sport in any way they choose. My department, Animal and Plant Sciences (I study Biology), is really supportive of my training and will always meet up with me if I need help with anything or give me advice on which modules or projects to take on that could work with my heavy training schedule and yearly competition planner. They even allowed me to work part time so I can have more training time to nuture my potential for major events like World Championships, European Championships and the Olympic Trials last year.

How’s the degree going so far? It’s tough, but I enjoy the challenge. My modules last semester were my favourite by far so I learnt a lot and really enjoyed reading around the subject areas. I like being a Student and everything that comes with it; I joined the trampolining society in my first week at the university and I’m now a committee member. It’s so nice to be involved with something that you love with other people the same age and at the same stage in their life.


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T S K L A T R E Y L F LITE What did you think of the BUCS Gatorade Nationals as a whole? It was ran really well, it was very professional! The students made the atmosphere, with all the posters, mascots, cheering…it was all so encouraging.

Winning again, how did it feel? Did you feel alot of pressure going into the nationals knowing that you were defending your title? I did feel pressure, but only from myself. All my teammates were really encouraging and all said just to go out there and enjoy doing what you do. I had more competition this year, as I was against a few friendly faces who I compete against on a regular basis in the national circuit, so I had to plan carefully beforehand what routines I was going to run with. I had three routines ready for the competition to choose on the day depending on what the others were doing. It was definitely a relief when I pulled it off, but was still amazing standing on the first podium!

over. I still have days now when I have to fight it again, but it always makes me to become a more robust athlete and makes me appreciate the days when training is going really well and everything seems easy.

Best Achievement in your career so far? Last year I won the final world cup of 2012 in Bulgaria. I’d never won an individual world cup medal before, so winning the gold as my first podium finish was definitely a surprise and really special.

Best Celebrity You’ve ever met... Jessica Ennis or Beth Tweddle.

Sporting idol... Usain Bolt or Karen Cockburn (Canadian Trampolinist).

4 famous people for dinner and what would you cook? David Attenborough, Neil Armstrong, Steven Spielberg and Russel Howard. Home made Sunday Roast and Trifle!

biggest guilty pleasure... Watching the X-factor and eating cheesecake!

Random Fact... I love going to the cinema so much that my parents renew my Cineworld card every year for my birthday.

Hardest thing you’ve had to deal with in Trampolining? Lost move syndrome? By far, yes! It was extremely difficult not being able to do something I loved to do because of fear and I lost confidence in my ability as a trampolinist. It’s a really confusing thing to happen and took a long time to get

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The BUCS Gatorade Nationals this year included the BUCS Tenpin Bowling Championships, which were bowled in Sheffield on 23/24th Feb. Teams of 6 men and 3 women competed over 9 games each to be crowned champions. In the men’s event, Loughborough got off to a commanding lead, hitting 3613 pins between them in the first set, an average of 200.72 per player per game! Nottingham Trent (3429) were their nearest rivals, with Portsmouth (3212) and Warwick (3185) trailing behind! The individual title race was led by Jack Adams (Warwick) with a 690 series (230 average!), closely followed by Matt Fidgett (Loughborough - 678), Jon Spivey (Portsmouth - 646), Chris Lam (Manchester- 639) and Mike Hurst (Loughborough 636). Meanwhile in the ladies event, Leeds Metropolitan was unassailable on 1829 over the first 3 games (average of 203.22 pppg), streets ahead of Nottingham Trent (1444) and Imperial (1404). Hannah Bratton-Smith (Kent) led the individual challenge with a 655 series (218.33 av.) fractionally ahead of Rachael McKenzie (Leeds

Metropolitan – 654), with Hui (3349) down, but Trent just Erh Tay (Imperial – 601) 3rd. managed to hold on and win the title, with one of the Back with the men, highest totals in history, Nottingham Trent (3734) 10512 (194.7av pppg). put down an immense Portsmouth (9858) just held score in the second set on to third place. (207.44 pppg), breezing past Loughborough’s 3423 Chris Lam broke the all-time and Portsmouth’s 3401, to student bowling record with go top, 127 pins ahead of his final set, a staggering Loughborough. 817 series (269, 280 and 268 games), catapulting Jon Atkins (Nottingham himself from 15th to 1st Trent - 712) was the in the individual standings; best individual performer whilst Danny Crook (Leeds (237 average!), ahead Trinity) broke the old of Jamie Kingston championship record with a (Portsmouth – 699), Aiden 763 series (279, 247, 237) Wright (Staffordshire – jumping from 30th to 6th 679), Stephen Hibbert overall. (Birmingham – 675), and Curtis Berry (Nottingham Jack Adams (1969) had Trent – 653); although Jack to settle for second place Adams was still leading individually behind Chris Lam overall on 1329 (221.5 av.). (2040 a 226.7av), with Matt Fidgett (1959) taking third. Leeds Metropolitan (1606) topped the table again Leeds Met finished as in the ladies’ second set, runaway ladies champions with Nottingham Trent on 5237 pins (193.96av (1513) and Imperial (1208) pppg), with Nottingham Trent maintaining their positions. (4385) second, and Imperial (4165) 3rd. Rebekah Hamlet (Lincoln) hit a very impressive 684 series Rebekah Hamlet (1930 (228 av.) to take a share – 214.4 av.) destroyed of the individual lead (with all of her opponents in the Hannah Bratton-Smith), with individual championships Jordine Lam (Nottingham taking the title with an Trent) on 578 the best of the astonishing 713 series, rest. leaving Rachael McKenzie (1862) in second place The final set in the men’s despite her 650 finish, competition was nip and with Hannah Bratton-Smith tuck all the way, with (1779) dropping to 3rd. Loughborough (3343) hunting Nottingham Trent

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knew a few more people. I’m not sure why knowing people who I bowl with me helps me, but it seems to help.

I didn’t really know with it being my first event at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals, I just kept an open mind about everything. I wasn’t sure on how good the standard was going to be so I didn’t set any targets for myself apart from wanting to be up there competing with the best.

Competition...

Saturday... I started off really bad on the Saturday to be honest, I was really nervous coming into it as I didn’t know anyone who was competing. I’m the only person from Lincoln to come up for the Nationals so I think the occasion got to me a little bit as I’m used to travelling to games with people. I finished on the Saturday with around a170 average which is really poor for me. I think I was about ninth overall so I knew I had alot of work to do.

Sunday... Yes, I stepped it up on the Sunday; I hit a high average and was bowling alot better. I felt abit more relaxed on the Sunday as I

Rachael [McKenzie] did really well on the Saturday and I thought if she carries on doing what she was doing then I wouldn’t really be in for a chance. I knew Hannah [BrattonSmith] was going to be up there too, so I just tried to focus on my game. I knew what I needed to get to challenge the top and I managed to do it. I could see the score I needed as i was going along and I really wasn’t feeling any pressure.

Biomedical science, how’s it going? 2nd year’s definitely getting harder or should I say challenging, yes, let’s go with challenging. I’m really enjoying it though, the university are really helpful, and I’m on the scholarship scheme they have set up so it’s in my contract to compete at the BUCS events. I was meant to compete last year


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but I missed the deadline! I’m really looking forward to next year to come back and compete again.

Strategy or just Bowl? It’s hard to say really, a mix of both probably. It definitely helps knowing what you need to hit to win or compete with someone you want to beat. I’ve been bowling since I was 8 so in a way it is just about bowling.

it’s a great event, it’s definitely different and abit mix matched how it’s set up but I like it. I’m used to singles, doubles and trios usually when I play for England. Last year I wanted to set up a society at Lincoln but I didn’t get round to it. The team competition looks great and I really want to come down with a team next year as it looks alot more fun.

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by It is finally time to wave goodbye to the winter months and urge summer to show itself! If you’re anything like us, training is about to get a whole lot easier, from snow covered burpees to sunshine laden hill sprints; “beach-bod” time is on the way. As a result JRF Health HQ is going crazy with new team members, new programs and new ventures! We have the first instalment of the JRF Health Female section for you guys and girls to feast your eyes on and news on the ‘LIVE’ JRF Health Shredder challenge so far. All is revealed below…

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FUEL YOUR WORKOUT Before we take a look at this week’s workout section let’s make sure we are prepared for the session! Everyone wants to perform to their full potential, and that means putting yourself in the best position possible by ticking all the boxes; nutrition, workout, rest and mind. It is all the small things repeated day in day out that add up and will see you reach your goals. Consistency is key! Being prepared and committed half the week, then winging in the other half just won’t cut it! So this week we are taking a look at the best way to fuel your tank before a big training session with the ultimate Pre-Workout foods!

BANANAS

OATS AND

DRIED FRUIT

KIWI AND

YOGHURT SMOOTHIE TURKEY SANDWICH Great and easy fix before a workout! High in potassium and low on the Glycemic Index (when ‘under ripe’) helping to maintain muscle function and blood sugar levels.

Provides slow and quick release energy, an awesome combination just before a workout.

The kiwi is one of our favourite fruits. Higher in Vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. This smoothie will provide you with energy for your workout, protein and will replenish electrolytes lost during training.

Turkey on wholegrain bread will give you a good blend of protein and carbohydrates before a workout. Perfect for those looking to build lean muscle.


We sat down with professional athlete, Luke Adamson, to hear his vision for JRF Health as the newest addition to the team… Oliver: Hi Luke, we’ll jump straight in with the interrogation then haha! What are you looking to bring to the team?

JRF Health HQ At HQ we have just started the ‘warmup’ to our LIVE Manchester Shredder program for 15 guys and girls of different sizes. The course will last for a duration of 1 month and consists of 3 group training sessions per week with Josef and myself, full week-byweek nutrition plans suited to each individual’s goals, and video and written blogs going out live from the JRF Health page. Keep your eyes peeled and ‘like’ us on facebook. The pressure is ON!

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Luke: Hiya mate. Well, having played professional sport since the age of 17, I'm hoping to bring all the experience and knowledge I have gained over that time. I'm looking to add a fresh, new angle to JRF Health, and knowing yourselves (Josef and Oliver) on such a personal level we'll be able to drive one another on as well as all the members. Oliver: Tell us more about what you’ve gained from the world of professional sport? Luke: Over the years I have trained under a number of different conditioners so I'd like to think that I know what works and what doesn't. Nutritionally I am able to advise people on what's needed to be able to train to the highest level in every session and restrict the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) factor to a minimum. Oliver: Sounds awesome. And what are you most looking forward to? Luke: My biggest pleasure comes seeing the improvements of clients week to week and the confidence it gives them reaching their goals. I'm looking forward to not only writing programs for clients, but also having the pleasure of personally working with them and enjoying getting to train new faces week in week out. Oliver: What stood out for you about JRF Health? Luke: I love the concept. It’s all about becoming a better you with what you have available, there are no excuses. And the relationship the team has with the members. Having a good relationship with clients makes training so much easier and more enjoyable. I like to be approachable and available to speak to at anytime and I think this fits perfectly with you lads. I'm just looking forward to getting started on what should be a great journey with JRF Health. Oliver: We’re excited to have you on board. Rather that than be facing a Super League and Rugby Union Pro hey? Haha.

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Now the training! Over the past 10 I (a “hardgainer”) have gained just over 6kg following a German Volume Training (GVT) style program. New to this program, it is recommended you use 10 sets of 10 reps to start with at around 60% of your 1RM. This is the most talked about set up of GVT but reps and weight can vary the more you experiment and delve into this style of training. During this program, my aim was to use compound movements split into ‘Pushes’, ‘Pulls’ and ‘Legs’. For the first 4 sets you won’t feel much and may ask yourself “is this working?” All I ask is that you save that questions for sets 7, 8, 9 and 10! This is an extremely challenging training method and if you are looking to pack on some extra size I would recommend giving it a try, if only for 6 weeks. It’s worth it! Be strict with your timing between sets, controlled in technique and push yourself.

Here is a session to begin with on ‘Push’ movements… Use this set up of 10 sets for two main lifts (separate muscle groups. Here chest/ shoulder press), plus two to three supplementing exercises at 4 sets each and 8-12 reps (here, flies, lateral raises and dumbbell pullovers). This workout will take you less than an hour in the gym, give it your all!

FLAT DUMBBELL PRESS 10 SETS OF 10 REPS REST FOR 60 SECONDS BETWEEN SETS.

SEATED D-BELL SHOULDER PRESS 10 SETS OF 10 REPS REST FOR 60 SECONDS BETWEEN SETS.

INCLINE D-BELL FLIES 4 SETS OF 10 REPS REST FOR 45 SECONDS BETWEEN SETS.

LATERAL D-BELL RAISES 4 SETS OF 10 REPS REST FOR 45 SECONDS BETWEEN SETS.

D-BELL PULLOVER 4 SETS OF 8 REPS REST FOR 60 SECONDS BETWEEN SETS.

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One of the biggest hurdles women seems to struggle to overcome when trying to get back into fitness is the diet and rest. Here are some “Golden Rules” to follow to help you avoid the pit falls. 1. Eat Clean, great abs are made in the kitchen! This means if you want that flat stomach you have to eat for it, not just work for it. Historically (yes, think caveman to present) males in training are very good at viewing their food as a source of fuel for the body, to help them to get to where they need to be physically. Remove the emotional connection to food. Eat to fuel, eat to keep up that metabolism, eat to grow and you’ll be eating to lose weight.

How? Clean up your diet, go back to basics, follow our meal suggestions and you’re already halfway there. 2. Sleep: The body needs rest and recovery. This is key for women because in high times of stress we secrete a greater amount of the hormone oxytocin, which causes us to lay down fat in very specific areas. These are usually areas that will help to protect “the baby”; the hips, stomach and gluteal region (yes your bum). So aim to get those 7 – 8 hours of sleep at night. It will allow your body the time it needs not only to repair itself after your workouts but also the time to rebalance those hormones. 3. Cravings! We all know that females have different

‘cravings’ when our bodies are going through “that time of the month”. The problem is many girls aren’t always aware of the less obvious ones. For example sugar, sodium and occasionally iron. Try these healthy alternatives… • Sugar cravings – Instead of chocolate try natural yoghurt, red fruits or if you can, even some carbohydrates like sweet potato. • Salt cravings – Try instead, nuts and seeds or if you can, hummus, cottage cheese or pretzels. •Meat cravings (Iron) – Try spinach, eggs, kidney beans or just go ahead and eat some meat.

For those of you looking to shift some excess weight, your main aim at the end of each day is to be in calorie deficit, most healthily and effectively achieved by eating clean and exercising. A calorie deficit at the end of each day will result in weight loss.

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Vicky Holland is an international triathlete who took her place in Team GB for London 2012. As a Loughborough University alumna, she is well versed in the challenges of student life and agreed to share some of her secrets...

How did you manage to balance the demands of being a student while being an elite athlete at University?

again, or having takeaway. When I went out I often chose my drinks carefully, so that I could enjoy myself, but not take in too many calories. For example, I would drink a vodka and diet coke instead of a pint Honestly, with difficulty. Balancing 20-30hours a week of cider and black. Drinking plenty of water after a big of full-time triathlon training night is also essential. As is as well as studying was a choosing the right time to go nightmare. I had to be really out, not when you’ve got an organised with my nutrition. assignment due, or a massive I used to make up batches day of training on the cards. of food on my day off, so As long as you’re eating they would be ready to heat healthily 80-90% of the time up during the week when I and exercising regularly then I was knackered or rushing think you need to let your hair between a session and a seminar. Carrying snacks with down sometimes! me was important too, you’d Would you have any never know when a hunger advice for female pang was going to sneak up students looking to stay on you during a particularly healthy at University? interesting lecture!

What were the biggest challenges to eating well as a student? Realistically, the pressures to go out and socialise, and; just join in and get takeaway pizzas are probably the biggest hurdles to overcome if you want to eat healthily. There’s nothing wrong with going out every now and

Try and avoid living in catered halls, the quality of the food provided isn’t always the best. Also, cooking in small groups allows you to spread the cost of eating well and takes the pressure off your brain having to think about what to cook at the end of a long day.

What was your favourite meal/recipe at

University? Fajitas! I love cooking chicken fajitas with a spicy tomato sauce, peppers, mushrooms and courgette. Then eating them with a big dollop of homemade guacamole!

How was the food at the Olympic Village? In the lead up to our race we stayed in a hotel near the race venue in Hyde Park. The chef there was dedicated to delivering balanced nutrition choices for us at every meal. Unfortunately (Amazingly hehe!), Team GB were sponsored by Cadbury’s, which meant that there were baskets of free chocolate lying around the hotel – Temptation Central! After the race we moved into the Olympic Village with all the other athletes and the food was amazing! After I’d finished competing the other girls and I spent most of our days grazing through all the different varieties of food on offer. They also had little market stalls with regional foods which we all enjoyed tasting.

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Moments before the men’s individual rifle finals, a confident Allan Skellett has a photo taken with his gold medal...oops!

Banter cannon to one side, much love to Allan and the University of Southampton Rifle Club who won gold in the team finals and women’s individuals.

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