Anglia Ruskin to send bumper BUCS squad

Published: 17 February 2014 at 12:51

Students have strong medal prospects in athletics, boxing, judo and swimming

Anglia Ruskin University is sending its biggest ever team to the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Championships this weekend (21-23 February).

A total of 30 students will be donning Anglia Ruskin’s navy blue and gold vests to compete in the 2014 BUCS Gatorade Nationals, which will be held in Sheffield.

Anglia Ruskin’s men’s judo team will be hoping to retain their national title, which they have won for the last three years, while Tara Fitzjohn, Matt Kavanagh and Danny Williams will be going for gold in the individual judo events.

James Shane, who has represented Great Britain at the senior World Championships and European Team Championships, will lead Anglia Ruskin’s bid in the indoor athletics.  Education student James, usually a 1,500m runner, will be competing in the 3,000m at the English Institute of Sport.  Gemma Coe (3,000m) and Peter Kirabo (triple jump) also have medal prospects.

Quantity Surveying student Lewis Adams will be the man to beat in the boxing, having won the BUCS title last February, while swimmers Thomas Sarah and Danny Proffitt both have strong chances in the Ponds Forge pool.

Martin Beaver, Head of Sport and Active Anglia, said:

“Anglia Ruskin has made huge investments in sport over the past two years and we are already starting to see the benefits of this.
“As well as our award-winning judo team, we will be taking some exceptionally talented students in other sports including boxing, athletics and swimming.  I am sure that we will do Cambridge and Chelmsford proud and I’m hopeful that we will bring back our biggest collection of medals to date.”