BUCS Nationals round up
19 February 2019
Leeds Beckett’s sports stars competed in the athletics, badminton, fencing, karate and swim events at last weekend’s BUCS Individuals Nationals competition in Sheffield.
Alex Botterill wins gold for Leeds Beckett Athletics
Leeds Beckett student Alex Botterill (BSc Sports & Exercise Therapy) won the university’s only gold medal, finishing first in the men’s 800 metre final.
Alex, who is in his second year with Leeds Beckett, lead the pack throughout the two lap race before a strong finish saw him claim gold with a time of 1:52:37, nearly a full second faster than second place.
Club mate Linton Taylor claimed Leeds Beckett’s second medal from the event as he was awarded silver in the men’s 3km final.
Linton fought hard from fifth position to stun the pack and seal a heroic second place.
Alex and Linton’s medals haul capped off an impressive weekend for the club, which saw ten Leeds Beckett finalists compete at the Indoor Nationals.
Victory for Leeds Beckett’s mixed relay swim team
Leeds Beckett’s mixed relay team shone for the university’s swimming club at the three day event.
The team won gold in the 400 metre medley B final, finishing the race over a second quicker than their nearest rivals.
In the women’s medley A final, Leeds Beckett finished ninth, after besting 32 other universities in the heats to claim their place in the final.
Sports scholar student Ruth McEwan (BA Physical Education), who competed in the women’s A final, also had strong individual success as she finished seventh in the 200 metre individual butterfly competition.
Women's freestyle relay made A final - 8th.
Women's I.M relay made A final - 9th.
Mixed I.M team made the B final - 1st.
Ruth McEwen made the 200 fly final - 7th.
Gold medal for fencing scholar student Caitlin Chang
Leeds Beckett fencing scholar Caitlin Chang claimed gold in the women’s Epee final at the BUCS Fencing Nationals competition.
Caitlin, who studies Surveying and Planning, was Leeds Beckett University’s only competitor at the event.
The one time Under 20’s British and Commonwealth Fencing champion can add the BUCS gold to her already impressive medal haul.
Bronze for Leeds Beckett karate student
Student Leo James Cape claimed bronze at the event, after an impressive display in the Men's Senior Kumite category.
Leo, like Caitlin, was the university's only competitor at the event was awarded the bronze medal in the 67kg weight class.
In other news...
Handball teams advance to the National University Championship finals
Leeds Beckett’s men’s and women’s handball teams have both advanced to the Championship finals in Gillingham from Friday 1 March until Sunday 3 March.
The teams have taken different routes to the final, with the women’s going unbeaten in the second round last weekend, including an emphatic 24-6 win in their final game.
The men’s team endured a tough time in their fixtures last weekend, and despite having lost their fixtures at the weekend, they were able to qualify for the finals.
Club Captain Zara Sparrow was proud of both teams for their efforts from last weekend.
“The girls team had an amazing weekend,” she said
“Our players Becky and Lydia were forces to be reckoned with, as always, and broke through the opposition’s defences with some powerful shots.”
“The lads team unfortunately did not win their games on Saturday, however, we’re really proud of their performance,” she said
“They have still made it to the finals, next month in Gillingham, and we have high hopes that with a few training sessions together they should be in good stead for the finals.”
“Although we have high hopes for the lads to bring home, regardless of the result we are proud of what the team have achieved this season.
“We started this year without a men’s team and only five girls but now we now have both teams full of lads and girls and we have had some players get selected by Team GB.”
Match of the Week
Leeds Beckett Women’s Football vs Chichester
Venue 3G Pitch, Headingley Campus
Leeds Beckett’s first team will take on the University of Chichester in the last 16 of the BUCS Football Championship.
Leeds Beckett finished their BUCS Premier North season in third and are currently on a good run of form, undefeated in their last four fixtures.
The team will be hoping to bring their good form into their fixture with Chichester, who finished their season bottom of the BUCS Premier South league, but form can often go out of the window when it comes to cup football.
Best of luck to the team and make sure to follow Carnegie Sport on Twitter for live updates of the game.