Bournemouth University (BU) weightlifting students came home with five medals from the British University and College Championships to win the competition for the second year in a row.
The competition ran across two days and was held at St. Mary’s University in London, which saw over 200 students from across the country compete. Bournemouth University team of 12 weightlifters, scored a combined total of 60 points, (32 from males and 28 from females) which is an increase of 4 points from the 2016 student championships, even with 2 less lifters
First up was Noorin Gulam taking gold in the women’s 53kg class with a professional performance to take first place against rival for commonwealth games selection Fraer Morrow. Swiftly followed by a second gold medal from Nam Ahmadi in the 69kg class lifting a total of 243kg to beat his opposition comfortably. Further success came from Elliot Brown securing a bronze medal in the men’s 62kg category.
Day two saw Ella Thompson come back from injury to win bronze in the women’s 69kg category against a competitive field of 13 lifters. In the final group of the competition, it was down to club president Jorge Camacho to seal the victory for the team in the men’s 105kg class, with a near flawless performance he secured the bronze medal for himself and ensured the teams overall win for the 2017 top team competition. With this added to their Second place finish at the English Senior Championships in January the team now look forward to the British Championships in July where they hope to again challenge for top spot.
Quote from the Captain:
Mens Captain Ollie Cooke: “After being with the club for nearly 4 years now, it is amazing to see how it has grown from it’s humble origins, to the incredibly successful and competitive club it is today!“