After an enforced year without the annual BUCS Nationals weekend, the event returned in full force in 2022. Held over three days in the steel city of Sheffield, hundreds of athletes from the University of Nottingham competed across the five different sports of Badminton, Athletics, Swimming, Fencing and Climbing, in a bid to be crowned the best in university sport.
With action beginning in earnest on Friday 18 February, precisely 731 days since the curtain fell on BUCS Nationals in February 2020, our #GreenandGold athletes arrived in great numbers despite worsening weather conditions. Luckily, all of the weekend’s event took place indoors within the three main venues of Ponds Forge International Sports Centre (Fencing and Swimming), EIS Sheffield (Badminton and Athletics) and Climbing Works.
Once inside the venues, our athletes were supported throughout by coaches, club development co-ordinators, physio’s and mentors who aside from providing valuable technical assistance, gave tremendous vocal support over the course of the weekend. Buoyed by this support, University of Nottingham participants put on tremendous displays of talent, determination and effort across the three days, which was highlighted by the weekend’s final results. Many delivered a number of sensational personal performances and achievements, with many progressing through early heats, qualifying for finals or achieving personal bests.
Scholar Simran Kaur took to the track on Friday afternoon, running in the 60m Women’s ambulant race recording her fastest indoor track times since her personal best in 2017, which was enough for her to claim the first medal of the weekend for the #GreenandGold. After a short wait as results were collated, Kaur was awarded the gold, providing a fantastic end to the first day of BUCS Nationals 2022!
Due to the break since the last event in 2020, the university had many competing in their first BUCS Nationals, but also two returning champions aiming to defend their titles. The first of these was Argentinian fencer Stefano Lucchetti in the Men’s Sabre who after a blistering start to his Saturday competition claimed bronze, agonisingly falling just short of another final losing to the eventual champion.
Alongside Lucchetti, University of Nottingham Badminton club president Johnnie Torjussen was also out to defend his crown from 2020 in the Men’s Singles competition, and did so with aplomb winning comfortably 2-0 in the final. However, there was more to come from Torjussen who teamed with Sam Smith to claim his second gold of the day and Smith’s first ever BUCS Nationals gold in the Men’s Doubles. Rounding out a fantastic Sunday for the university and its badminton team, Kirby Ngan reached the Women’s Singles final, as well as the Women’s Doubles final with partner Sian Kelly. With a valiant effort through the day’s heavy schedule, Ngan took home the silver in the singles, before narrowly missing out on the gold with Kelly in the doubles. However, these feats meant that the University of Nottingham’s Sunday and 2022 BUCS Nationals ended with unprecedented success with badminton medals in every discipline.
With 8 medals in total for the University of Nottingham across the weekend, you can check out the full report from each day in our 2021 BUCS Nationals blogs which include a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Review, as well as a feature on our team behind the team.
Many participants will now be looking to build on their success at these Nationals, with all focus now on the #RoadToNottingham and BUCS Big Wednesday, with the culmination of the team sport season being hosted across the University of Nottingham campus on the 23 March 2022. The anticipation for the day is growing, and more information around the showcase will be released shortly!
BUCS Nationals 2021 Medals
Gold - Simran Kaur - 60M T46 Sprint
Gold - Johnnie Torjussen - Men's Singles
Gold - Johnnie Torjussen/Sam Smith - Men's Doubles
Silver - Kirby Ngan - Women's Singles
Silver - Sian Kelly/Kirby Ngan - Women's Doubles
Bronze - Sam Smith/Sian Kelly - Mixed Doubles
Bronze - David Hong/Perry Ng - Men's Doubles
Bronze - Stefano Lucchetti - Men’s Sabre
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Posted on Monday 21st February 2022