Sheffield students win gold at BUCS Nationals held in the Steel City

Sheffield played host to over 6,000 students this weekend after the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals descended on the city.

Princess Anne was among the spectators at the three-day event, now in its fifth year, with students competing for titles in nine different sports.

Competitors included Olympian and Sheffield Hallam student Max Litchfield, who took gold in the 400 Freestyle and the 200 and 400 Individual Medley at Ponds Forge.

The 21-year-old was part of a reception line that greeted Princess Anne at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe on the event’s opening day on Friday.

He said: “It was an amazing experience to meet Princess Anne, I’ve not really had anything like that before.

“It was absolutely fantastic to meet her and to see her here and to hear her speaking to everyone – officials, competitors, everyone It’s amazing to have that royal recognition for BUCS. University sport has been great over the last few years in the UK and it’s only growing.”

Another local student was successful in the pool this weekend, with University of Sheffield’s David Dempsey taking his first indoors gold in the 800m.

The PHD student said: “I’ve been sixth, fifth, fourth about four times, third twice, second one, and now first. It’s been a long road.”

Three days of action came to an end with Loughborough University taking both the men’s and women’s team titles.

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK.