Department of Sport

Success in BUCS Wildwater Racing competition for the #GreenandGold


Multiple event medallist, David Paterson

Earlier this month University of Nottingham athletes competed in the first of three BUCS canoe events this season. Held at Grandtully Station Park in Perth & Kinross, Scotland on the first weekend of November, the BUCS Canoe Wildwater Racing Championships were full of action. It was also a highly succesful one for our travelling athletes with the University of Nottingham finishing in first place overall, totalling a considerable amount of points across the weekend and finishing over 100 points clear of second place! With sprint events on the Saturday and classic events on the Sunday, the success was spread across both days with multiple sprint and classic medals for our athletes in both the men's and women's categories, including an all University of Nottingham podium in the Classic K1 Men's event!

In Saturday's sprint events, our canoeist's achieved five gold medals, two silvers and a bronze on the day. In the Sprint K1 disciplines, Philip Miles and David Paterson finished the men's event in 1st and 2nd respectively, whilst Macy Kang took home the bronze in the women's. There were also three medals won by the #GreenandGold in the Sprint C1 disciplines with another one-two finish in the men's as Gabriel Keen and Arthur Leech took home the gold and silver medals, while Rachel Ellis beat the rest of the field to win the women's gold. Rounding out the success in the Sprint events was David Paterson who picked up his second medal of the day by winning the Sprint C2 race with his team mate Finn Reilly-McQueen

With 8 medals won on the Saturday, we looked forward to Sunday's classic events hoping for another fantastic round of performances, but could not have hoped to see the all University of Nottingham podium that was achieved in the Men's Classic K1. Luke Shaw was victorious in the event and won the gold, but he was closely matched by William Scammell and Philip Miles who won silver and bronze respectively to round out a clean sweep! This bronze for Philip Miles was also his second of the weekend after a gold medal performance the day before, whilst in the corresponding women's Classic K1 event Lucy Guest also finished third to win a bronze medal. Not to be outdone by their teammate, both Gabriel Keen and Arthur Leech highlighted their talent by equalling their Saturday efforts by winning a Gold and Silver in the Classic C1 event to match their same medals from the Sprint C1. Narrowly missing out on the same feat in the Women's was Rachel Ellis who took silver ahead of fellow #GreenandGold athlete and bronze medallist Louise Fernie in the Women's Classic C1. However, there was no mistake from David Paterson and Finn Reilly-McQueen who teamed up once again to take home another C2 gold to match their's from the C2 Sprint, whislt Lucy Guest and Katie Pocklington also formed a formidable duo in the Classic C2 claiming a silver medal to round out a truly fantastic weekend of racing from University of Nottingham athletes.

In total, 20 medals were awarded to our students including 9 golds. Congratulations to all who competed during the weekend for some truly fantastic performances that we are hugely proud of! Below is an overview of our medal finishes. 


Sprint Results

Sprint K1 Men: 1st Philip Miles; 2nd David Paterson

Sprint K1 Women: 3rd Macy Kang

Sprint C1 Men: 1st Gabriel Keen; 2nd Arthur Leech

Sprint C1 Women: 1st Rachel Ellis

Sprint C2: 1st David Paterson/Finn Reilly-McQueen


Classic Results

Classic K1 Men: 1st Luke Shaw; 2nd William Scammell; 3rd Philip Miles

Classic K1 Women: 3rd Lucy Guest

Classic C1 Men: 1st Gabriel Keen; 2nd Arthur Leech                   

Classic C1 Women: 2nd Rachel Ellis; 3rd Louise Fernie

Classic C2: 1st David Paterson/Finn Reilly-McQueen; 2nd Lucy Guest/Katie Pocklington


You can visit the BUCS website for a full rundown of the event and all of the weekend's results.


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Posted on Tuesday 23rd November 2021

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