Friday, 24 March 2023
Hosted at the University of Nottingham for the third year in a row, BUCS Big Wednesday saw our teams rack up a collection of gold and silver in a record-breaking day of action.
The British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) finals saw thousands of athletes descend on the city from all over the country to compete in over 50 finals in 16 different sports.
Six of our teams – more than that of any other university – were crowned champions. Our Women’s Table Tennis, Men’s Table Tennis, Women’s Hockey, Men’s Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Football teams all took home gold.
Meanwhile in the trophy finals our women’s teams filled their cabinets with Women’s Basketball, Women’s Squash 2nd team, Women’s Table Tennis 2nd team, Women’s Lacrosse 2nd team and Women’s Tennis 2nd all taking confident victories.
A further eight teams took silver: Men’s American Football (Championship), Women’s Badminton (Championship), Women’s Fencing (Championship), Women’s Water Polo (Championship), Women’s Volleyball (Championship), Men’s Lacrosse (Championship), Men’s Hockey 2nd (Vase), Men’s Rugby League (Trophy), and Men’s Squash (Trophy).
Following a confident 5-0 win against Imperial College London, Denise Payet, BUCS table tennis champion and Commonwealth medallist, commented:
"This has topped off a perfect season and my last game for the University of Nottingham. This is my first Championship team title and I really enjoyed today and playing alongside Annie. We felt confident, we were playing well, and we're delighted with the 5-0 score line."
Attention will now turn to the final BUCS sports of the season in the race for the overall points trophy, as well as focus on European competitions for those national champions who now qualify.
Full results and live streams can be found on the UoN Sport website.