British University and College Sports Championships

 

The 2016 BUC’S held in Sheffield recently was a first for eighteen year old  Louis Plevin who is studying Sport’s Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He was unfazed by this high level event and despite his lack of experience he came away as 5th equal, having gained two good wins in the individual competition, only losing to the gold, silver and bronze medallists. Out of a total of 16 entries, 5th place was as good as he could have expected considering the high standard of the other contestants who had entered his weight category of Under 90 kilos.    Two of his opponents were from his own university, Anglia Ruskin, and it was not unexpected that he found them to be too strong for him at this time in his judo career, nevertheless, all the signs are good that next year’s BUC’S should be a better opportunity for Louis to step unto the medal podium.

The two overseas competitors representing Anglia Ruskin were Mateja Glusac and Josip Crancic.  Mateja won a Bronze medal at the 2015 European Universities Championships and Josip took the Bronze medal at the 2015 World Veterans Championships in Amsterdam.  Louis is very fortunate to be able to train every week with judo players of this calibre and it is ideal preparation for the English Open in March and the  Commonwealth Judo Association Championships in South Africa in April.  

 



The second day was when the Universities produced their 5 man teams, mostly consisting of the medallists from the previous day. This resulted in a very high standard of judo, partially due to the vast number of overseas students who are currently studying in the UK. There were 16 universities contesting the Men’s title which included Bath, Oxford and Edinburgh who were the medallists from 2015.  Anglia Ruskin were considered to be strong contenders for at least a medal, however, their strength in depth saw them win through to the final, defeating Oxford University in a very closely contested bout, and having to beat off four other universities on the way.  Unfortunately, Louis, as first reserve, was not called upon to compete in the team event but all the squad joined in the celebrations, with the Anglia Ruskin girls squad also winning a hard earned bronze at the same competition, despite only having two competitors as opposed to the other teams three.