Whilst many students enjoyed a relaxing weekend following Reading Week, Brunel’s own Sports Scholar Will Taylor (studying for his masters in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design) was busy hitting the dry slopes way up in Edinburgh, competing at the BUCS Dryslope Championships. With over 700 students representing 57 universities, this is Europe’s largest Dryslope championships and is one of the main events in the BUCS Snowsports calendar.
Two days of events over 8 disciplines attracted over 1000 spectators and it was Brunel’s own Taylor who was one of the weekend’s star performers. On the Friday, Will placed second in the Snowboard Giant Slalom, taking home the silver a mere 0.15 seconds behind the first placed competitor from UWE (Christian Forster). Despite suffering from a hip injury the following day, Will was determined to go one better in Saturday’s Boarder-X, but with Christian Forster in fine form, it was not to be, and Taylor had to be happy with another silver medal to cap off a great weekends work.
Reflecting on his performances Will said, “I had an incredible weekend and on both days the conditions suited me very well. It was my first time on the Dryslopes since January and despite the Slalom course being wide, turny and technically challenging I felt my performance went really well. My injury on the second day gave me a slight psychological disadvantage over the other competitors but another 2nd place finish was a good achievement. I also want to say a big well done to Brunel’s other skier Will Wheeler who despite having less than 4 years’ experience on the Dryslopes came back home with a very respectable 22nd place finish…and a broken thumb to match!”
So what’s next for Will? “My next aims are to work on getting back to 100% fitness, working on core stability, explosive starts and leg power, before heading out to Nendaz over New Years to train. The next event in line for me is the BUCS Indoor Snowsports Championships (BUiSC) and I’d like to feel a bit more comfortable on the snow, as well as focusing on my indoor riding”.
Adam White, Chair of BSC, has this to say about the weekend and Will’s success; “The committee were determined to send a team to BUDS after being unable to the previous years and it’s fantastic we had a team there, let alone the success that was achieved! Some club’s do not always see Brunel Snow Club as a true BUCS team so it’s brilliant to be able to compete for BUCS points and we hope to build on this at next term’s BUiSC”.
If you’d like to keep up with Will’s progress you can follow the Brunel Snow Club on twitter (@BrunelSnowClub) or alternatively you can message club chair Adam White (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining the club.