Percival wins BUCS Nationals title

At the end of February, 13 trampolinists travelled up to Sheffield for the annual BUCS championships. The Bath entrants arrived late on the Friday evening and settled into their hotel ready for an early start the next day. On Saturday they arrived at the ice rink (yes, ice rink) ready for the 2 days of competition ahead of them, with day 1 being the preliminary round and day 2 the finals, where the top 20% of each category would complete their routines again to find the overall winner.

Trampol (Michael Powell)
Photo credit: Michael Powell

The Saturday started with 4 of the club’s BUCS 2 Ladies. All the girls in this category pulled out fantastic routines, with Sophie Ingram just missing the finals in 15th, Hannah Milbourn 18th, Emma De Cruz 26th in her first time competing at this level having moved up from last year and Nicola Williams 32nd out of 52 competitors. These were all fantastic achievements given there were national level competitors in this category.

Next up was Samantha Lowiss in BUCS 5, and defying all the odds (and her constant denial that she would make it into double digits) she performed a fantastic routine which placed her 9th out of 108 competitors! This meant she had done enough to make it into the finals to be held the next day. Mark Percival in BUCS 2 Men pulled out 2 fantastic routines, with excellent time of flight scores that placed him 1st going into the finals the next day. Following on from his success, Thu’ee Nguyen conquered her fears in BUCS 4 Ladies and with brilliant routines she ended up placing in the top half of her group consisting of over 140 competitors which was a great accomplishment. Toby Nash also in BUCS 4, despite unfortunate deductions in his set routine for landing on the mat, showed us a superb voluntary to show what he was capable of.

Next was BUCS 3 Ladies, where Katie Holmes pulled out an excellent set routine, however sadly not quite completing her voluntary routine. Finally to finish off day 1 was the highest level categories, BUCS 1 Men and Ladies. In the Ladies category Alice Macaulay managed to pull out fantastic routines despite only realising she was competing in this category the week before, so special congratulations must go to her. Charlotte Male has been working tirelessly to improve her height and form as well as on new moves, which paid off as she qualified into the semi-finals in 5th place.

In the Men’s category, Patrick Harper performed an extremely neat set routine, however his difficult voluntary did not quite go to plan unfortunately only completing 2 double somersaults. It was then Nick Ledwold who showed us 2 show stopping routines, resulting in him qualifying into the semi-finals in 2nd place.
Sunday was finals day, a great day for Bath as we had 4 competitors that had qualified. First was Sam Lowiss who battled her nerves to finish a fantastic 18th place in her first national competition, a great achievement given that there were so many people in this category.

Next was Mark Percival, who after a slight setback managed to pull out all the stops and was the winner of BUCS 2 Men!
Charlotte Male and Nick Ledwold in BUCS 1 managed to do enough to qualify from the semi-finals to the finals. This was a domino final meaning all eyes were on one competitor, which really put the pressure on. However, this did not faze the two athletes, with Charlotte finishing in 4th place and Nick in 3rd. This meant that they both came away with BUCS points that would contribute towards the total for the University of Bath.

The week-end was very successful for Bath and demonstrated that the hard work of head coach Emily Purpuri is paying off.

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