Anglia Ruskin students enjoy golden tournament

Published: 20 February 2017 at 14:00

Billy Goldsmith with his gold medal

Judokas bring home five medals from British universities championships in Sheffield

Anglia Ruskin University’s judokas brought five medals home with them following a successful weekend in Sheffield at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) national championships. The tally included three golds, the most individual wins of all universities competing in the judo section.

Ben Caldwell, Billy Goldsmith and Mateja Glusac claimed individual golds while Adam Adaman won silver in his weight category. In the overall team competition, Anglia Ruskin took the bronze medal with Wolverhampton winning gold.

Sport Coaching and Physical Education student Ben, 19, from Felixstowe, triumphed in the under-60kg category, beating Aaron Hales from York St John University in the final.

23-year-old Computer Science student Mateja, originally from Serbia, saw off the challenge of Loughborough University student Rhys Thompson to win the under-100kg event and take his third gold in BUCS individual events.

Billy, 20, from Longfield in Kent, beat Wolverhampton’s Ben Attwood in the final of the under-66kg category, earning the Sports Science student his gold medal. 20-year-old Adam was runner up in the under-81kg category.

The Anglia Ruskin team took home the bronze medal in the Team Championship, which they had won in academic years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2015/16.

Martin Beaver, Head of Sport and Active Anglia, said:

“Anglia Ruskin University has a reputation for excellence in judo and once again our young judokas had a very successful weekend in Sheffield. 

“It is always a pleasure to see them competing at such a high level against the best students in the UK.”