Over the weekend (18 – 19 May) two current LSBU students competed on the international stage of sport. Maxwell Jones, School of Health and Social Care, was out in Shanghai as part of the British Fencing Senior squad, with Jennifer Eduwu, also School of Health and Social Care, called up for the England Athletics Senior squad at the Loughborough International Athletics meet.

For both these students this is their first senior call-up to their national teams and LSBU Active are very proud to be able to support them both.

Following her performance at the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Outdoor Athletics Championships representing LSBU, Jennifer received her first call up to the England Athletics team. Jennifer represented England in the 4x100m relay, as well as also competing as a guest runner in the 100m individual event, finishing third in her final. The Loughborough International Athletics meet is widely recognised as the opener to the outdoor season with past and present British Olympians competing at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium. The event invites teams representing England, Wales, Scotland, GB&NI Under-20s and the National Athletics League to compete against each other as the outdoor season gets underway.

Jennifer Edwu said: “Being on the England Senior athletics Team was a great experience, positive vibes all around as the coaches and team leaders were very supportive. It was nice to meet people in the track community as 100m is an individual event, but the relay is really a team effort so bonding with the girls on the team was lovely. I am also very pleased with my performance in the 100m, definitely heading in the right direction just need to stay focused and enjoy the journey along the way, as this is just the beginning”

For Maxwell it was his first senior call up to represent GB, previously competing in the Junior teams. Maxwell travelled out to Shanghai for the FIE Grand Prix two-day event as part of the British 12 man squad, Max started off the event well, progressing out of the group stage and into the knockout rounds where he won his first round 15 points to 7. Maxwell finished inside the top 100 ahead of previous Olympic medallists and scored the third highest placed British fencer at the event.

Maxwell said he was very happy with his performances at the event and LSBU Active are proud to have been able to support in his journey.

Maxwell has also previously represented LSBU at the British University National Championships.

Over the weekend we also saw a bronze medal for LSBU Alumni Ellis Miller. Ellis Miller, LSBU Alumni and previous LSBU Active scholar, secured a bronze medal on the European stage. Ellis secured third place as part of Great Britain’s C1 Womens team at the European Canoe Slalom Championships in Tacen, Slovenia. Previously Ellis has medalled in other events, including wearing LSBU colours where she secured gold and silver medal in 2023 at the BUCS Canoe and Kayak championships, as well as the Gold in the 2022 championships. Ellis is looking ahead with the aim to be selected for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.