Two University of Bedfordshire Sport Scholars were selected to represent Great Britain universities in the World University Games.
Jessica Hunter, two time BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) championship winner in 100m Hurdles and Emily Bolton, ranked 7th in England Table Tennis, were excited to be selected to compete.
Emily Bolton said: “The World University Games in Napoli was my first international multi-sport event and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had.
“Walking in with other GB athletes to the stadium at the opening ceremony was amazing and the atmosphere was electric!
This year the Games celebrated their 30th Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy from 3 – 14 July 2019.
The World University Games is held every two years by the International University Sport Federation (FISU).
After the Olympics, it is widely recognised as the second largest multisport Games in the world with over 10,000 participants from over 150 countries.
BUCS select students from Great Britain and Northern Ireland universities to represent the country in the summer games.
Over 90 students across the United Kingdom were selected, including Jessica and Emily from the University of Bedfordshire.
Emily said: “The competition went really well for us. We narrowly lost 3-2 to France in the quarterfinal but being seeded 18, this was a good result.
“The games also allowed us to meet new athletes from around the world in not only our sport but also others, now I hope I can make the next World University Games in 2021!”
Stephen Pitt Head of Sport Partnership said: “It’s great to see two of the University of Bedfordshire’s Sport Scholars competing and thriving on the world sporting stage.
“Following their journey was a pleasure, congratulations to them both and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead.”
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