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Willmott swims to further success

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Aimee Willmott has been crowned BUCS Sportswoman of the Year at the BUCS Conference.

The UEL student picked up the title after spearheading the University’s best-ever medal haul in BUCS history. Aimee won five golds and a silver medal over both short and long courses, breaking two BUCS records in the process.

This capped an amazing 12 months for Aimee after she picked up two silvers in the 400m Medley and 200m Butterfly plus a bronze in the 200m Freestyle Relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She continued her success in the pool when she secured her place in the World Championships by swimming a time of 4.33.66 at the GB trials.

Responding to her success, Aimee tweeted:

“I am honoured to have won Sportswoman of the Year.  There are so many talented female athletes that battle uni work and sports commitments.”   

Her achievement comes just a year after another UEL student, Adam Gemili -- the first Briton to go under both 10 seconds in the 100m and 20 seconds in the 200m -- picked up the BUCS Sportsman of the Year award.

David Cosford, Director of Sport at UEL, was delighted by the University’s continued success in the awards.

“For Aimee’s award to be delivered just a year on from Adam’s shows the consistent strides UEL are making on both a national and international level in sport”, he said. “To be able to rival top universities around the country shows just how well UEL is performing.”

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.