In sport this week, FXU Athletics Club saw a massive turnout at the South West Varsity, while at Forum three new FXU sports clubs were born.
It was another big week for the FXU Athletics Club as they traveled to Exeter to compete in the South West Varsity, hosted by the University of Exeter Athletics Club.
FXU finished in 5th place overall out of the 9 clubs competing and saw a number of individual triumphs:
In the 100m, Ryan Pessoa finished 1st in his race and ran a personal best with a time of 11.8 seconds.
Club President, Jamal Clarke, beat both his personal bests and the club records in the 100m and 400m. He ran times of 11.7 and 51.6 seconds placing 1st and 2nd respectively. This strong performance sees Clarke now ranked 10th in the South West (for all ages) and 45th in the UK for under 23’s.
In Javelin, Edward Selvey’s throw of 42.66m saw him claim 1st place, a personal best and the club record. He’s been on top form for FXU and has climbed to 8th in the UK for under 23’s and 16th for all ages.
Jordan Clay has qualified for the BUCS National Championships with a 1st place finish in the 5000m. Clay smashed the qualification time of 16 minutes by finishing in 15:32.10 to book his place at the Nationals. Alongside this, he is currently ranked 6th in the UK for under 23’s and 27th for all ages.
FXU’s female athletes put on an equally strong performance at the South West Varsity. Sophie Lloyd finished second in the 1500m with a time of 5:08.90, a season best and improvement from February’s BUCS Indoor Championships.
FXU’s own ‘Jessica Ennis’, Meg Bailey, competed in an unbelievable six events over the course of the competition. Alongside winning both the Shot Put (throwing 6.62m) and the 100m (running 14.1), Bailey also competed in the 200m, Long Jump, 4x400m Relay and the 4×100 Relay, which saw the girls team finish in 3rd place.
In Volleyball, the Men’s Team finished 4th in their league and will continue to play in the top BUCS league in Western England. This achievement comes despite two recent 3-1 losses to strong Bristol and Bath teams with Olly Smith claiming man-of-the-match in both outings.
The CSM Badminton Mixed Team suffered a 6-3 loss to Tecans Mixed A. Despite the scoreline, it was a close affair between the two teams with Sean Havis and Amy Cox losing against the top seeded pair in three close sets. Meanwhile, Alex Shaw and YinLing Tan, and Alexandria Bell and Nic Batten fought against county players, with some outstanding rallies on show.
CSM Rugby fell short in a close battle against St Agnes over the weekend. A massive effort by the players wasn’t enough to prevent a 21-17 loss.
It was a more positive week for both the CSM Hockey Men’s and Squash teams. Hockey Men’s beat ECV Hornets 4-0, while Squash won their first league game ever with a 3-1 result against Truro 5. Max Bale, Joe Dawson, Alex Lamburn and Harry Eaves made up the team on a memorable day.
Finally, FXU Tang Soo Do entered eight students into the ISK Martial Arts Grading in Penzanze.
Sam Bloice and Thomas Poole took their first grading for Yellow belt/9th Gup, while Penny O’Neill, Harriet Pascoe, and Matthew Wall took their second grading going for Orange belt/8th Gup.
Patrik Ratsami Sophansay took his 4th grading going from Orange 1 tag/7th Gup to Green belt/6th Gup alongside Laura Williams, who is going for her 5th grading going up to Green 1 tag/5th Gup.
Special mention goes to Seb Haggett, who had a fantastic double grading from Green 1 tag/5th Gup to Red belt/3rd Gup, for which he was awarded the highest score of everyone grading.
It was time for Forum last week, the meeting in which proposals for several new societies and sports clubs are considered.
The meeting saw the successful passing of three new FXU sports clubs for next year:
- Table Tennis
- Jiu Jitsu
Congratulations to all the brand new clubs! We look forward to hearing what’s in store for the near future.
Thanks to everyone who submitted their results. If you want your club to feature in next week’s round-up, join the Falmouth Anchor’s Sports Hub.