Every year, the nation’s brightest and best University athletes compete against each other as part of BUCS Nationals. This year’s BUCS event was hosted by Sheffield, with Liverpool’s finest sportspeople descending upon the steel city to stake their claim for sporting success.

In total, over 75 Liverpool University students took part in the event, which took place from the 20th to the 23rd February, representing 12 sports from hockey to squash to athletics and many more. Joe Ramsden was the first athlete to secure a gold for Liverpool, with his win coming in the individual Karate Kata category.

University of Liverpool put on an impressive showing in Badminton Doubles.

University of Liverpool put on an impressive showing in Badminton Doubles.

Liverpool then went on to find success in a number of other disciplines, with Rebecca Rawcliffe capturing gold in Kumite Karate, Hannah Edwards narrowly missing out on a medal in the 800 meters and Hamish Falconer finishing 10th out of 300 competitors in squash.

Second-year Architecture student, Alex Boyce, who won his semi-final before claiming a hard-earned silver medal in 400m Athletics, was rightfully proud of his performance, “I’m just really happy to come out of indoors with a quick time and a good performance at a championships.”

Alex Boyce on the podium for his silver medal.

Alex Boyce on the podium for his silver medal.

A feat made all the more impressive by the quick turnaround between races, “Being able to do the 3 races in two days and being injury free afterwards is a great feeling. Going to push on with training now and aim towards the European U23 champs this summer.”

However, not only was the event a display of the best athletes Liverpool has to offer, it also marked the debut of Liverpool sport team’s new mascot, Lenny the Liverbird, who just missed out on a medal in the Marie Curie Mascot Race. Better luck next time Lenny!