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RGU off to the BUCS


A group of student athletes from Robert Gordon University (RGU) are making final preparations to compete in a national championship held within the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

BUCS Outdoor 2012 1Nine students will compete against their varsity rivals for glory in the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships which run from Friday 4 to Monday 7 May. Part of the London Prepares series, the Championships will be the official London 2012 Athletics test event.

Over 1700 students sport stars hailing from 117 UK higher education institutions will compete across 40 track and field events over the course of the annual championships, which will be attended by over 58,000 spectators.

The nine RGU students will compete in 10 events including the 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, long jump, triple jump, the 5k and 10k.

First year children’s nursing student and RGU:SPORT scholar, Jennifer Cruickshanks (18), will compete in the 2k steeplechase. Commenting on the challenge ahead, the Lundin Links local commented:

“I'm really looking forwards to going to London and competing in the Olympic Stadium, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and a huge honour to run on the same track where the world's best athletes will compete in the summer. I'm really looking forward to it! Training has been going well - I've been working hard so I'm hoping to get a personal best down in London, that's the aim!”

President of Sport and Physical Activity at RGU, Nicola Scott, will be flying down with the team this week to support their efforts. She added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to showcase their abilities while also flying the flag for RGU.

“As a University we work hard to nurture sporting excellence through our academic programmes, training provision and on-campus facilities. We are proud to play a role in the sporting careers of the upcoming elite across a broad spectrum of disciplines and wish this group of budding athletes all the best for the championship.”  

Further information on the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships can be found here

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Top right - (from left) Jennifer Cruickshanks and Nicola Scott.

Notes to editors

The  RGU students competing in the BUCS 2012 Outdoor Championships  are:

  • Scout Adkin* (Peebles) - Physiotherapy 
    Competing in the 5k and 10k

  • Jennifer Cruickshanks* (Lundin Links, Fife) – Children’s Nursing 
    Competing in the 2k steeplechase

  • Gemma Cormack* (MacDuff) – Occupational Therapy
    Competing in the 1500m

  • Thomas Newton (Orkney) – Physiotherapy
    Competing in the 200m

  • Sam Lyon (Newburgh) – Computing Science
    Competing in the long jump and triple jump

  • Sean Brindley (Bawtry, South Yorkshire) – Physiotherapy
    Competing in the 800m

  • Fiona Bracegirdle (Newport-on-Tay) – Sports and Exercise Science
    Competing in the 800m

  • Allie Elphinstone (South Whiteness, Shetland) – International Business Mgmt
    Competing in the 100m and 200m

  • Ronald Smith (Islington, London) – Nursing Professional Development (Distance learning)
    Competing in the 400m

* RGU: SPORT Scholars

  • British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the governing body for university sport in the United Kingdom. BUCS was formed in June 2008 following a merger of the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) and University College Sport (UCS) organisations. BUCS is responsible for organising 50 inter-university sports within the UK and representative teams for the World University Championships and the World University Games. www.bucs.org.uk

  • The London Prepares series is the official London 2012 sports testing programme. As well as allowing the London 2012 Organising Committee to test vital areas of operation ahead of the 2012 Games, the series will feature world-class sporting events – bringing top athletes to London’s iconic existing venues and brand new venues in the Olympic Park. www.londonpreparesseries.com

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389
Email: a.c.youngson@rgu.ac.uk