Trampolining Club had a fantastic weekend in Sheffield at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) National Championships, taking home an incredible seven medals including four golds and three bronzes across the synchronised, individual and team categories.

The club’s President Rhys Gray, was the golden boy, taking home the title of national champion for the second year running with a gold medal in the BUCS Elite Men’s category. Rhys also won another Gold medal as part of a team effort with Louis Lister and Joe Deevoy in the group category.

Competitors were required to finish in the top 8 in their category in order to qualify for the individual finals to achieve BUCS points. Overall, 6 of the team made it to the final including: Kimberley Hicks, Louis Lister, Jodie Woodgate, Alice Reed, Joe Deevoy and Rhys Gray, with Alice Reed achieving a Bronze at BUCS 3.

Overall, Team Southampton won 37 out of a possible 64 BUCS points, which is a phenomenal result.

The annual competition, held at ICE Sheffield arena between the 17-19 February, was entered by universities across the UK, with Trampolining Club taking the biggest team out of all those competing, entering more pairs in the Synchronised Category than any other university:

 

  • Novice Category (BUCS 3), Edit Barbantan & Molly Phillips – Bronze
  • Intermediate Category (BUCS 2) Alice Reed & Kim Hicks – Gold
  • Elite Category (BUCS 1 ) Morgan Ware & Louis Lister – Bronze
  • Elite Category (BUCS 1 ) Sam Hodgkinson and Rhys Gray – Gold

 

(The team get together for a group shot after a successful day in Sheffield: The photo includes Bryony Page, who won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics)

Social Secretary, Orla Hill says, “We’re incredibly proud of our members because BUCS is always a very long weekend but the team spirit never faltered. We were definitely the loudest team in the crowd which was great as when you finished performing you just heard an uproar from the big group in burgundy! The performance standard was incredibly high and it was great to see everyone’s hard work paying off, particularly when some of our team only started trampolining this year! Particular credit should go to Rhys who has worked incredibly hard as president to encourage participation in the sport, it was fantastic to see him do what he does best and win on top of supporting the team”.

Gracing the podium after a great result in Sheffield

If you’re interested in trying out Trampolining or finding out more about the club, go to our website at www.unionsouthampton.org/groups or go to their Facebook group.