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16 July 2012 | PR 12/140

Loughborough Students triumph yet again

BUCS Champions

Pictured left to right: Lewis Timms (AU President 2012/13), Ann Wilson (AU Administrator) and Adam Rae (AU President 2011/12).

Loughborough Students have won the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) overall trophy for the 32nd successive year.

Athletic Union President Adam Rae collected the trophy from Lewis Moody, the former England rugby captain, at the BUCS Awards Dinner, held at Exeter University.

Loughborough won the overall title with a points tally of 5,353.4, well ahead of second placed Durham with 3,503.5.

They finished top in nine sports all told and dominated the swimming, where they amassed 1,052 points compared to second placed University of Bath’s 356, and athletics where they got 571 points. Runners-up Brunel got 249 points.

Loughborough also came out top in cricket (308.9 points), football (286), futsal (60), gymnastics (58), rugby league (129), tennis (299) and triathlon (238).

BUCS is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. Each year more than 100,000 students and more than 4,000 student teams compete in around 50 sports as part of the BUCS programme of competitions, leagues and events.

Adam Rae said: “It’s great news. It was a fantastic honour to pick up the award on behalf of the students.

“It’s a massive team effort that went in and it is great to see the hard work rewarded.

“It’s great credit to those staff, coaches and students, particularly all those who gave up their time to make sure that we maintain our high standards.”

Chris Earle, Loughborough University’s Director of Sport, said: “Our achievement in winning the BUCS Championships is a fantastic shop-window for the whole student sport experience at Loughborough University. 

“It is probably the most tangible way in which the University’s commitment to sport as a way of providing our students with invaluable life-skills, qualities and values that make them better people, is seen in the UK.  

“We work hard to provide an environment at Loughborough that encourages our students to learn to win, understanding what it takes to work as part of a team, show determination and commitment, deal with setbacks and demonstrate a consistently high level work-ethic.  Winning the BUCS Championship for the last 32 years shows our students have these qualities in abundance.

“This is the ninth (and last!) year I will have been Director of Sport at the BUCS Championship winning University, and this one feels as special as the first.”

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Chris Goddard
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: C.J.Goddard@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching and strong links with industry.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

Loughborough has been selected by the British Olympic Association as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The University has also signed a partnership with the Japanese Olympic Committee that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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