Bath's Chalmers goes in search of his fourth consecutive BUCS 400m title 19/04/2017
University of Bath sprinter, Cameron Chalmers, is hoping to make it four BUCS 400m titles out of four when he competes at the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships in Bedford from 29 April – 01 May.
20-year-old Chalmers has competed in the previous three BUCS athletics competitions after enrolling onto his Sports Performance course in September 2015. On his BUCS debut – at the 2016 BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships – he won his first BUCS 400m gold in a time of 47.40s. Since then, Chalmers has dominated the event – winning two more BUCS golds and equalling the 400m Championship record at the 2017 BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships.
“It was such a surprise winning my first BUCS gold as a fresher at Indoors. I went into the final really running for silver, expecting David Hall the defending champion to win, although I ran a big PB and executed my race really well so it was amazing crossing the line to take gold. That race will always be one of my favourites!
“It would be amazing to win the BUCS 400m gold again. It’s never an easy race and there will be other fast guys to compete with so I will obviously give it my all and see what happens,” says Cameron.
Bedford International Athletic Stadium will welcome 1,338 student-athletes across 53 events over the three days of the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships. In years gone by, Olympic and Paralympic athletes such as Adam Gemili, Isabel Pooley and Hannah Cockcroft have competed at the Championships, winning BUCS golds before going on to compete on the international stage.
Chalmers looks destined to follow in the footsteps of many former BUCS Championship competitors that have progressed to compete at Olympic level. On his BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships debut, Chalmers sailed past Cardiff Metropolitan University duo Joe Reid and Owen Smith in the 400m final to win gold for the University of Bath.
“There is always a really good atmosphere at BUCS, people seem to get way more involved in the crowd which is great and one of the main reasons why BUCS is one of my favourite competitions,” says Cameron.
As an athlete supported by a Thomson Education Trust Scholarship, Chalmers has managed to shave precious seconds off his 400m time, and recently produced a sub-47s performance at the 2017 BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships. Team Bath’s state-of-the-art Sports Training Village (STV) and athlete support has played a vital role in developing talented athletes as they balance their studies with international and domestic competitions.
“University has opened me up to much higher level environments, training partners and facilities. Last year was invaluable and I learnt so much which has put me in such a good place this season where I am far more confident in how to handle myself in competitions and training.
“The training facilities [at Bath] have been fantastic and I have learnt so much working with numerous coaches. There is so much time for me to train and I have improved significantly.
“My goal is to become an Olympian – that’s what it’s all about for me,” adds Cameron.
Follow the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Championships from 29 April – 01 May live via Vinco Sport’s live stream, or on social media using the official event hashtag: #BUCSathletics. All pre-event information, including the competition timetable, can be found on the BUCS website.