Record medal haul for our talented athletes and teams
Our students have won a record number of British university championship medals this academic year, adding to multiple league titles already secured in the regular season.
Alongside weekly leagues British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) organise two of the largest multi-sport events in the UK – the BUCS Nationals in February, where students compete for individual titles, and BUCS Big Wednesday in March, where team sport finals take place.
Bringing together thousands of students competing across nine different sports – including athletics, badminton and swimming – over 300 Nottingham representatives took part in this year’s event, securing a record medal haul for the University.
Standout performances came from title favourite Li Lian Yang, fresh from her National Badminton League victory, who took the Women’s Singles Badminton gold and Tatum Souza, who took the Women’s Shot bronze before injury ruled her out of her other events.
Both Li Lian and Tatum are supported by our sports scholarship scheme, offering support to help them balance their studies at Nottingham with the demands of their training and competition schedules.
BUCS Big Wednesday
Four weeks later, 14 Nottingham teams competed in championship (top tier) and trophy (tier one) finals – a record number for the University. Several teams had come through our focus sport programme, where we’ve invested significantly in world-class facilities and recruiting top coaching staff.
First up were our Table Tennis teams, who took their third consecutive Women’s and Men’s national team titles, reinforcing their domination across the sport. In the Men’s event, club president Liam McTiernan led a 10-2 demolition of Nottingham Trent University in his last BUCS game, followed by a swift 3-0 win against Durham for Jenny Liu and team mate Maria Tsaptsinos in the Women’s final.
Led by BUCS individual champion Hana Ramadan, the Women’s Squash team confirmed our third championship gold by defeating the University of West England (UWE) 4-0. Despite a close battle, the Men’s squad narrowly lost out to UWE in a reversal of the Women’s standings. Adding to the championship silvers were the Women’s Badminton squad – despite our unbeaten form in the league, reigning champions Loughborough were too strong and took the final 6-2.
Finally, a huge crowd of supporters made the journey to cheer on our Men’s Hockey First XI as they faced Loughborough in a repeat of the 2015 final which saw Nottingham emerge victorious. In an incredibly close game, the match was tied at 1-1 with only minutes to go before a late Loughborough goal handed them the gold medal.
In the trophy events, our Women’s Basketball team took their second title in a row, edging out Essex 73-64 under the deafening cheers of Nottingham fans. Braving the mud, our Rugby League team defeated Birmingham 14-12, while the Table Tennis Women’s 2s rounded off an incredible weekend for the club by securing the trophy gold.
Our medal haul places Nottingham in the top three title winners at this year’s event.
We head into the final weeks of competition placed 3rd in the BUCS league!
Good luck to all our students in an exciting finale to the season.
Join us - Varsity and alumni Sports Challenge
Our sport teams now turn their focus to the annual Varsity series against local rivals Nottingham Trent University. With the first home Varsity fixtures to be played at our new David Ross Sports Village, our teams will be hoping once again to retain the overall title!
In another hotly-anticipated contest, students will take on alumni at our annual Sports Challenge. Taking place on Saturday 17 June, it promises to be an action-packed day with sports ranging from dodgeball to lacrosse, archery to ultimate frisbee. With alumni and student wins tied there’s everything to play for!