Strode College STUDENTS took part in the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham last weekend, coming home with the Wilkinson Sword Trophy as they helped the South West region finish in first place.
Emily Baker competed in table tennis and Alex Lewis in cross country. They traveled to the University of Nottingham where they battled college athletes from England and Wales during the three-day event.
This past weekend, Emily competed in table tennis and Alex in cross country, earning valuable points for the South West region.
In addition to individual glory, teams aimed to rack up points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword Trophy.
Mike Dear, head of sports development, said: “This time we were able to beat our main rivals and neighbors to the southeast, and won the Wilkinson Sword Trophy.
“A big achievement for a small area of colleges, but it shows the sport is massively strong in our area, congratulations to Emily Baker and Alex Lewis for helping bring the Wilkinson sword back to Strode College.”
After intense competition, the South West region won the Wilkinson Sword with a total of 140 points, the first time the region has won the coveted title since 2016.
Dean Hardman, Director of Sport and Student Experience at AoC Sport, said: “It goes without saying that the last two years have been extremely difficult for everyone and especially for young people.
“Given all the challenges colleges have faced throughout the pandemic, it is exceptional to see so many people joining us in Nottingham and to see so many students enjoying their sport and its many benefits. It was a privilege to welcome them.