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Wakefield College Flourish at National Championships

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Mark Bostock (Left) after being awarded his bronze medal for the 7.5k.

Some of Wakefield College’s top athletes made it to The Association of Colleges’ Sport National Championships at the University of Nottingham the other week to represent the region of Yorkshire and Humber (Y&H) in a number of Olympic style events.

Students faced a tough selection process at York University to get into the regional squad, competing with numerous other Colleges throughout the country. Only a select few top athletes were eventually selected to compete in the Championships which is renowned as the largest student sport event in the UK. The weekend saw several successful performances, including Mark Bostock’s bronze medal in the 7.5k and Chris Gascoigne’s plays in the Y&H hockey team.

Head of Competitive Sports, Ben Severn said “the performances over the weekend show the strength and depth of athletes we have at Wakefield College across all areas of the curriculum. It’s fantastic to see students thrive outside the classroom and get to know their talents and hobbies. The Athlete Development Programme (ADP) is open to all students across the College who show potential to compete at an elite level and it’s great to find athletes in other subjects than sport.”

Mark Bostock’s performance was certainly a success story. Competing against over 60 other students, he was able to split into the leading group after the first lap maintaining his 4th position until the final lap where he was able to overtake third place and almost clinch 2nd place. Though in the end he had to settle for 3rd he was still able to put out a fantastic performance and improve over his 7th place finish last year.

Chris Gascoigne’s plays in the Yorkshire and Humber hockey team also made a large impact on the weekend’s events. Chris proved to be a clear asset for the squad, scoring several goals throughout their games.

Through these performances and other students, Yorkshire & The Humber were able to place 7th in the medal table, despite being one of the smallest teams in the competition. The squad already shows great promise for next year.

If you are talented and play a sport at a high level, then please contact b.severn@wakefield.ac.uk to get involved with the ADP. Applications are open for the 2018/19 year for new students and existing students of the College.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 1 June, 2018

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