Sprinters led the way for Middlesex University in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships, as our athletes collected eleven medals, including six golds.
It would be fair to say that Middlesex University has the fastest students in the country. Tremayne Gilling (pictured with MP Ming Campbell last year) won gold in the men’s 60m sprint, Ashleigh Nelson did the same in the women’s equivalent and Marilyn Nwawulor took gold in the women’s 60m hurdles.
Three gold medals were also secured in the karate. For the men, Khalal Gantara (Novice Kumite -80kg) and Tukwasi Anukam (+80kg) emerged victorious, while Carla Burkett fought her way to gold in the women’s -55kg. Other karate medals included a silver for Oneke Tebbs and bronze for Chow Kin Pong and Harshil Chauhan.
There was also a bronze in the women’s karate team event, despite the Middlesex team being a member short after an injury. Overall, Middlesex’s karate team finished second in the competition.
Middlesex’s relatively inexperienced Judo team gave a good account and captain Boris Kibrik picked up silver in the men’s 80kg event after being unluckily penalised in the final.
Mel Parker, Head of Sport & Recreation, said: “It was a great weekend of sport for the University. Our success will hopefully inspire more of our students to get involved in sport at the University, and we are here to help them get involved.”
Many students competing in these championships got a taste of their sport by participating in the Give Sport A Go programme - a project funded by an Active Universities grant from Sport England to get more young people in higher education involved in sport.
“With the funding we received from Sport England, we have been able to introduce students to new sports, providing the coaching for beginners, and then enabling them to progress to regular practice sessions,” said Parker.
Some of those competing in the Judo event came through the programme, as did competitors for Middlesex’s fencing and trampoline teams - the first time in recent memory that Middlesex entered a squad for those two events.
As well as the sports participants, the competition was used as a placement opportunity for BSc Sports Rehabilitation and MSc Sports Massage students. A team of ten students supported the athletes at the various venues over the three days of competition.