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University sports scholar wins BUCS judo title

University of Gloucestershire student Chloe Robyns-Landricombe has secured another national judo title at the 2022-2023 British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships.

The former British champion, a sports scholar enrolled on the University’s BSc Physiotherapy degree programme, won the gold medal in the women’s U57kg category of the showpiece competition at the University of Wolverhampton.

Chloe beat semi-final opponent Rachel Hall (Staffordshire University) by ippon (which immediately ends a judo match), as a result of a throw. She scored another ippon, this time finishing the match by hold, to overcome Alana Taylor (Bournemouth) in the final.

Chloe, a second Dan, said: “It was a real honour for me to represent the University, particularly after the support and encouragement I’ve had as a sports scholar, and I’m delighted to have come home with the title.”

Chloe won the women’s U52kg weight category at the 2021 British Championships at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield, while notable recent results also include winning the bronze medal at the Malaga Senior European Cup U52kg category.

Matthew Tansley, Director of Sport and Physical Wellbeing at University of Gloucestershire, said: “Chloe has done the University proud yet again in winning the BUCS title and we’re all absolutely thrilled for her.

“Chloe works exceptionally hard and deserves every success that comes her way in what is such a physically and mentally demanding sport. She is a fantastic ambassador for our sports scholarship programme and an inspirational role model for all our students.

“Our sports scholars like Chloe work with some of the best practitioners, coaches and mentors. Whether they’re at the start of the journey, or already working or performing alongside the elite, we provide bespoke support and always look forward to celebrating their successes.”

The University offers sports scholarships packages for elite performers, aspiring coaches and match officials, helping students to excel in their sport and academic career.

As a TASS Delivery Site (Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), with accredited practitioners in place to help support TASS athletes in their dual career, the University is an officially recognised place for developing talent.

It also holds TASS Dual Career Accreditation, which acknowledges an enhanced level of academic flexibility and understanding within an institution, allowing talented athletes to balance their studies with a busy sporting schedule.

Picture: Chloe Robyns-Landricombe in first place on the rostrum