Halimat Adio

Course: Clinical Neuroscience (Year 1 MSc)

Sport: Netball

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - World cup Silver medal for England, and Captaining England for the Taini Jamison Trophy series.


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Phyllida Britton

Course: PhD in Chemistry (October 2020 to October 2024)

Sport: Swimming

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - British Champion 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Swedish Gran Prix placed 4th in the 800m Freestyle, Chartes Golden Tour Open came 4th in 400m Freestyle.

UCL - BUCS Champion 1500m Freestyle 2019, BUCS Silver medallist 800m Freestyle 2019, BUCS Champion 800m Freestyle 2020.

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Deborah Alawode

Course: MBPhD Medicine (September 2016 to August 2025)

Sport: Barbell (Weightlifting)

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Holding all the British U23 Records in the Women’s -71kg Weight Category Being invited onto the GB U23 Squad.

UCL- Winning BUCS gold for the 4th time in April 2023.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Having competed at the Commonwealth Games, placing 4th and narrowly missing out on the Bronze, Debbie has been selected for the England Commonwealth Training Squad 2023/24 ahead of the 2026 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Other sports played: Ballet, Netball (GD/GK) and Athletics (100m, 4x100m relay and Shot Put) mainly, but I was on literally every female sports team I could be on in my school, including (but not limited to) rugby, football, hockey and rounders.

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Lois Leaver

Course: Applied Medical Science

Sport: Canoe Slalom

Sporting highlights:

Personal - U23 World Champion, K1W Team 2023, 9th place Senior World Cup, 5th U23 European Championships.

UCL- 1st place canoe slalom BUCS 2023. 

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: I have been selected for the 2024 Senior GB team, I hope to make the final at the World and European Championships. 

Other sports played: Swimming, Diving

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Toby Cooke

Course: Doctorate in Educational Psychology

Sport: Athletics

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Winning the 10000m at BUCS or being top 10 ranked in the UK for the 5km last year

UCL - I'm looking forward to making some soon!

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Other sports played: Cycling

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Nikhil Koteeswaran

Course: MSc Chemistry with Management

Sport: Cricket

Sporting highlights: 

Personal - Playing for Scotland u19s last year 

UCL - Hopefully will have one in summer!

Sporting aims over the next 12 months:  "My goals for the next year are to execute my skills, take wickets and contribute to the Scotland u19s getting through to the super 6 stage of the ICC u19 world cup in January. In the summer, I'm aiming to progress to the Scotland performance academy and perform for my club and Uni teams as well."

Other sports played: Enjoy playing football with my friends, and generally enjoy having a go at most sports.


Izzy Whitmore

Course: Medicine (MBBS)

Sport: Kickboxing and Taekwondo

Sporting highlights:  

Personal - Making the GB taekwondo junior development team (taekwondo), winning the WAKO World Championships (kickboxing).

UCL - Getting gold at the EUSA games in kickboxing last year representing UCL.

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Other sports played: Hockey, Running

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Amy Westwell

Course:  Biochemistry Bsc

Sport: Fencing (Sabre)

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Competing both individually and with my team in international competitions across the world.

UCL - Finishing for the UCL women's first team in matches in the premier south league.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: My sporting aims for the next 12 months are to represent Great Britain in the European and World championship team.

Other Sports Played: Running, Cycling


Harry Zain-Prosser

Course: BA History

Sport: Judo

Sporting highlights:

Personal - Representing Great Britain in the European Youth Olympics and European u18 Championships.

UCL - BUCS 2022 Bronze.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Win BUCS and qualify for the European University Games.

Other sports played:  I played rugby at school and did some skateboarding.

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Janice Jin

Course: MBBS Medicine (2021-2027)

Sport: WTF Taekwondo

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Representing the Swedish National team at the World Taekwondo Championships in Taipei 2018. 

UCL - Placing gold in individual, pairs and teams for UCL Taekwondo in the past 2 years,  Placing 5th at European University Games representing UCL. 

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Continue to place gold in BUCS events 2023, Qualify and compete for UCL at EUSA 2024 in Hungary. 

Other sports played: I’ve dabbled in sports throughout my whole life, including Speed skating and football. I love strength training and CrossFit, both which I train regularly as a supplement to my Taekwondo. 

Rui Yong Soh

Course: Law

Sport: Athletics

Sporting highlights:

Personal - Winning the Southeast Asian Games Marathon gold medals for my country in 2015 and 2017.

UCL - Not yet. Soon. =)

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: 3/12/23: Singapore Marathon National Championships, 30/3/24: World Cross Country Championships, 21/4/24: London Marathon.

Other sports played: Is DOTA a sport?

Joe Donaghue

Course: BA French and Spanish

Sport: Fencing (foil!)

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Bronze Medal in London Cup International Senior Foil November 2022.

UCL - Varsity match against KCL.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: To continue to represent GBR at international World Cups and make a breakthrough into the L64 of men's senior foil fencing at these World Cup Events. This is to build on my recent November successes at the Barcelona senior satellite event where I came 12th and  at the Istanbul Senior World Cup where I placed 63rd.

Other sports played: Football, Table tennis, Swimming. 

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Billy Shepherd

Course: Deitetics MSc

Sport: Fencing (Epee)

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Finishing 21st in the under 23 European championships and claiming bronze at the commonwealth fencing championships.

UCL - Anchoring the UCL team against Imperial College London in a one touch match in a premier south match.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: My sporting aims are to support the UCL team to a high place in the BUCS league.

Other sports played: Running, Cycling, Tennis.

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Penelope Settas

Course: Law with French Law LLB

Sport: Small-bore target rifle shooting

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Becoming a two-time British Champion in the ISSF 3 Positions small bore category.

UCL - Coming soon...

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Popi is aiming to earn a place on the pre-Olympic and Olympic team, and is hoping to compete on behalf of UCL for small-bore rifle events in the British Universities Championships.

Other sports played: Weight lifting, Badminton.

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Alex Sells

Course: MSci Physics (September 2018 to June 2022)

Sport: Fencing

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Team U17 and U20 Bronze medal at Asian Fencing Championships with the Australian fencing team.

UCL - Reaching the BUCS league cup final 2019/20.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: To medal at the BUCS individual fencing event, make it into the top 10 British ranking, and to win some elimination round in international events.

Other sports played: Football, Powerlifting.


Katie Flight

Course: London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium PhD Student (2021-2025)

Sport: Ultimate Frisbee

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Getting a block in the final and winning a gold medal in the 2019 European Championships.

UCL - Ask me again next year please?

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: My sporting aims are to compete both nationally with my club team and internationally as part of the GB squad going to Australia in August. I then aim to be selected to trial (in October 2024)  for the World Games roster for the 2025 games in Chengdu.

Other Sports Played: I kind of tried a bit of everything before landing on Ultimate! Hockey and Swimming most seriously before they both gave way to Ultimate but also, Athletics, Cross Country, Tennis, Badminton, Football and Gymnastics. 

Emilia Nygaard-Parsons

Course: Medicine

Sport: Football

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Selection for the English ISFA team or becoming national futsal champions (representing West Ham).

UCL - Placing 3rd at the BUCS weightlifting competition (2022).

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Coming in the top 3 of the league with QPR and placing highly at BUCS for weightlifting. 

Other sports played: Hockey, Weightlifting (both for UCL).


Annalli Olivelle

Course: Medicine

Sport: Tennis

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Playing for GB against France and USA and winning my first international tennis Europe grade 1. 

UCL - Winning Varsity.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months:

Other sports played: Cricket, Running.

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Ema Kanlic

Course: Medicine 3rd Year (iBSc in Paediatrics and Child Health)

Sport: Taekwondo

Sporting Highlights:

Personal - Representing team GB in Portugal where my team came 3rd overall.

UCL - Representing team UCL at the EUSA games this summer in Lodz, Poland.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: My sporting aim over the next 12 months is to recover from my injury in time to compete in the BUCS Student National Championships, hopefully qualifying for EUSA!

Other sports played: Dance, Trampolining.

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Kei Kaeppeler

Course: Architecture

Sport: Hockey

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Rudee Robinson

Course:  European Social and Political Studies Dual Degree

Sport: Netball

Sporting highlights:

Personal - Netball tour to Australia, watching England win their first Commonwealth Games.

UCL - Aspire to be Varsity winners again. 

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Finish on the podium of the National Performance League representing London Pulse, win the BUCS league with UCL.

Other sports played:  Football, Basketball, Rugby, Athletics, Cricket.


Yohan Nanda

Course:  BA Economics and Business with East European Studies

Sport: WT Taekwondo

Sporting highlights:

Personal -  Representing India internationally at ranked Taekwondo events.

UCL-  Winning gold at BUCS and becoming student national champion!

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Retaining my national champion position, getting a medal at EUSA, being ranked top 100 in the world.

Other sports played: To be continued...


Jonathan Drysdale-Anderson

Course: Computational Finance 

Sport: Volleyball

Sporting highlights:

Personal - Playing D1 in the United States and playing for the England senior team in multiple world tours.

UCL- Beating our city rivals Imperial College.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Play on more world tours for the England national team and medal in both BUCS Beach volleyball, and BUCS indoor volleyball.

Other sports played: Basketball, Tennis.


Callum Wyper

Course: Physics (Year 1)

Sport: Sailing

Sporting highlights:

Personal - French ILCA 6 youth national champion 2022, French national champion in ONEFLY (one design foiling monohull) 2022, Foiling Week 2023 International moth: 29th, Senior European moth Championship 2022: 46th.

UCL - Coming soon!

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: Focus on transitioning from an ILCA 7 background to a moth competing at senior level: top third at the senior moth European Championships 2024, top third at Foiling week, win SailGP inspire Saint Tropez, maintain and improve my physical condition to reach target weight and prepare myself for pursuing ILCA7 after the end of my degree.

Other sports played: Skiing, Snowboarding, Running, Swimming, Tennis.

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Arinze Okemuo

Course: Medical anthropology iBSc

Sport: Rugby

Sporting highlights:

Personal - Playing for Newcastle falcons. 

UCL- Making my debut for RUMS 1st XV.

Sporting aims over the next 12 months: To see where I can take rugby.

Other sports played: To be continued...