For the second year running we had students representing Goldsmiths at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges of Sport) National Competition which took place in Sheffield 16th-18th February.
Five athletes from Goldsmiths competed in athletics across the Men’s 60m, Men’s High Jump, Men’s 3000m, Women’s 60m, Women’s 200m, Women’s High Jump, Women’s Long Jump, phew!
Following the competition, we caught up with Reuben Arthur, who won a silver medal in the Men’s 60m with 6.77 seconds (a new personal best!) and the other athletes on the Talented Athlete Programme, Tayo Andrews-Haycocks and Sheriffah Arewa.
Reuben is a third year student studying Psychology with Management.
“I always look forward to competing at BUCS. This was my 3rd experience of the competition (counting both indoor and outdoor athletics) and as always, it lived up to my expectations. Competing against other students I know from various universities in such a relaxed environment is a lovely change of pace from the general tornado of testosterone that is track and field. And improving on my bronze from BUCS Indoors 2017 to a silver this year was the icing on the cake!
I hope that my performance – and those of my teammates (multiple this time!) Tayo, Sheri and Siren – serves to encourage more students within Goldsmiths to take up track and field within the university. The four of us can testify that it’s an enjoyable experience and though each event is ultimately individual, you each contribute to a bigger, overall community, a community who supports you when you’re down and praises you when you’re up. #TeamGold
"...though each event is ultimately individual, you each contribute to a bigger, overall community, a community who supports you when you’re down and praises you when you’re up. #TeamGold"
Speaking of which, without the support of the SU (both financially and physically - being there cheering for us), BUCS Indoors 2018 wouldn’t have been possible. Even down to the kit we were provided with – the new jackets we received this year made me the envy of the EIS. Even within the team.”
Sheri is a first year student studying Politics and International Relations
“Not only did I feel an immense feeling of pride to be representing a team full of talented and developing athletes but to be a captain of a team where all the athletes gave their all was more than I could have ever asked for.
The weekend didn’t necessarily start off with what I would call a stress free morning with me nearly missing my train and being late for my first event. With the help of a couple of tears and a few minutes of awkward silences, the train attendant finally let me on the train! Once on the train, I became calm and recomposed with the help of the sports coordinators, my teammates and the amazing scenery of the midlands.
"We all trained independently and came together at BUCS indoors and made what I truly believe to be a defining impact for the Goldsmiths name and the club in the future"
I went on to get a new personal best in my first event, got my flow back in my second one, and made it to the finals in the third one. Later I unfortunately had to drop out of the finals due to injuries. The experience was worth it though.
Even though this team was only created at the start of this academic year, we managed to form a tight bond and sense of community in just a short time. We all trained independently and came together at BUCS indoors and made what I truly believe to be a defining impact for the Goldsmiths name and the club in the future. The SU really gave us the support we needed to be able to perform to our highest potential. I personally had an outstanding experience and I can’t wait for BUCS outdoors”.
Tayo is a 3rd year Sociology student.
“The BUCS indoor experience was one that I eagerly awaited following last year’s competition. Going this year in a larger team was without a doubt one of the highlights of the weekend.
Compared to last year when it was only Reuben and myself it was great to be accompanied by four extra athletes. We were able to have a team dinner all together on the Friday and chat about how it felt competing or how we were feeling about the upcoming days.
Despite my performance, the support from the Talented Athlete Programme and the SU helped without a doubt in making sure I performed the best I could on the day. Last year Reuben and I were extremely busy in our own disciplines over the 2017 Indoor Championships so it was great to have the time to support our teammates this year.
It’s sad that this was my last year to experience BUCS but it’s great knowing that this team will continue to grow in the future!”
BUCS outdoor championships is due to take place 5th-7th May 2018 at Bedford International Stadium.
Find out more about the Talented Athlete Programme here.