This weekend is a massive one for UELSports, with two of the biggest events in the BUCS calendar taking place. Fourteen athletes will have the opportunity of a lifetime competing in the Olympic Stadium at the BUCS Athletics Championships, while thirteen UEL crews have been entered for the BUCS Rowing Regatta which will take place in Nottingham.
The rowing team have already won six BUCS medals this academic year, and they will be hoping to at least repeat their success at the regatta last year where they took three Championship titles. Scholars Alan Sinclair, Tom Wilkinson, John Collins, Dave Bell and David Loveday will have a particularly busy weekend as they try to win silverware in the Championship single scull, Double, Pair, Quad, Coxed four, coxless four and lightweight single sculls. GB Senior International cox Rhiannon Jones will be helping them with their mission, and will also be guiding the women’s intermediate coxed four. Rebecca Humphreys, who has recently been selected to the GB senior squad will be hoping to improve on her bronze medal performance at the BUCS Head last October. A successful Learn-2-Row Programme has meant that we have also been able to enter some beginner boats in what is looking to be UEL’s most successful BUCS event to date.
The athletics team will be led by the five-time BUCS Champion and GB Senior International Zara Hohn who competes in the 100m and 100m hurdles. The fast improving Lumar Sylvester runs in the 200m, an event in which he made the final at the Indoor Championships in March. Andre Fernandez, who normally competes in the long jump, will run the 400m. Babas Tindogo, a European over 35 Champion will compete in the 800m. Kimbley Baptiste will look to continue her improvement over 100m and 200m and Matthew Baptiste will compete in the shot putt and discuss, events in which he will be joined by decathlete Aaron Edwards who also competes in the high jump. Natasha Taylor will step down in distance to run the 10,000 after recently completing the London Marathon and Dele Onifade will be hoping for a swift 100m. Tanya-Cyrene Cyrus, Marvin Sinclair, Ben Salmon, Tom Grimes and Jody Chappell complete the team.
Last year UEL athletes won eight BUCS medals, a total which we have already equalled in 2011/12. The University’s degree of improvement will ultimately be measured on how many medals the above athletes win over the bank holiday weekend. We wish them every success.