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Medals galore for Edinburgh at the BUCS Nationals

ByRyan McCuaig

Feb 27, 2018

Edinburgh University’s incredible athletes dominated yet another BUCS Nationals in Sheffield last week. Congratulations to all 160 athletes who represented the University of Edinburgh. These are the highlights from the weekend:

The Edinburgh University Judo Club did a stellar job by winning three silvers and a bronze medal. The first silver medal went to Maria Shepherd in the 70kg, 2KYU & Below class and the second went to Sarah Hill in the 70kg, 1KYU & Above class. The women’s team did brilliantly too, winning the silver medal after losing to University of Wolverhampton in the final. The club’s performance was capped off by Nur Naja winning a bronze medal in the 57kg, 2KYU & Below Class.

There was a single but amazing gold medal for the Edinburgh University Fencing Club, won by Chloe Dickson in Foil event.

The Edinburgh University Shotokan and Shukokai Karate Club performed an amazing feat, winning a total of 8 medals, which is second largest haul of any club at this year’s nationals. There were two gold medals, for Sze Ying in the Kata Women’s Novice class and Denny Gombalova in the Kata Women’s Senior class. Cameron Duff won a silver medal in the 84 Senior Kumite and Lina Rietuma also won silver but in the +63 Women’s novice Kumite class. After winning her silver medal, Lina Rietuma won a bronze medal in the Kata Women’s Novice class. The club also received bronze medals in the men’s and women’s team event in Kumite. Hiro Onishi won the last medal, a bronze, in the -70kg Novice Kumite class for the club.

Edinburgh University Swimming and Water Polo Club was the most successful club at the Nationals this year with an impressive 18 medals. The most successful athlete award most certainly goes to Kat Greenslade, after winning two gold medals in both 200m Freestyle and Backstroke, but she wasn’t finished until she won the silver in the 100m Backstroke event. Kara Hanlon won a gold in the 100m Breaststroke and a silver in the 200m Breaststroke event. Lucy Hope won double silver medals in the 50m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle. Tain Bruce also won double silver medals in the 100m and 200m Fly event, but did one better by setting a new Scottish Record for the 100m Fly. Corrie Scott came home with two medals, the first was a silver in the 50m Breaststroke and the second in the 100m Breaststroke. Also among the bronze winners were Nick Quinn in the 200m Breaststroke, Jack Thorpe in 100m Freestyle and Tara Haworth in 200m Individual Medley.

The club’s women’s swim team won an impressive gold medal in the 4x100m Freestyle and then a silver in the 400m Medley. The club’s men’s team won a double bronze medals in the 4x100m Medley and Freestyle events.

The Edinburgh University Athletics Club won two medals this year, with the first in the 400m, a silver medal for Declan Gall, and the second, a bronze medal in the Long Jump won by Che Richards.

It was also an amazing weekend at BUCS for the Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club climbers. They had a great turn out this year, with more girls than ever before, and boy, did they do well! Ajda Remskar won a gold medal in the Women’s Individual Championship ending a four-year wait for her first BUCS Nationals title, winning with an incredible 51-point lead.  The women’s team achieved a team gold medal, with all five athletes in the top 20 and three of them in the top 10 out of 170 overall to win the medal. The men also did well, with Seb Tam finishing in 15th place.

There was also an impressive performance by the Edinburgh University Rifle Club, with Ritwik Sarkar winning a gold medal in the novice class and Tom Diggle winning a silver medal in the men’s individual event. The club’s mixed team won a silver team medal after an impressive performance by the whole team.

Edinburgh University Badminton Club had one of its best performances at BUCS Nationals to date with Calum Atterbury and Liselotte van Balen competing in the mixed event. They defeated two seeded partnerships before losing out to the 3rd seeds from The University of Nottingham, in the quarter-finals stage, who went on to win the gold medal.


Image Courtesy of Edinburgh University Sports Union

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