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Aimee Willmott extends medal-winning run at BUCS Championships

Olympic swimmer leads UEL team to seventh place in the overall medals table

Olympic swimmer Aimee Willmott helped the University of East London (UEL) swimming team to seventh place at the BUCS Short Course Championships.

Aimee, who was a Rio 2016 finalist in the 400 metres Individual Medley, ended the championships with a gold, in the 400m IM, silver and bronze medal – plus a personal best to boot.

Her performance was just the latest in a long line of successes for UEL. She has lit up every BUCS event she has competed in and was crowned ‘BUCS Sportswoman of the Year' for the 2014/15 season.

Aimee was part of a five-strong UEL team taking part at the championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Team-mates Michael Gunning and Jarvis Parkinson also contributed to overall haul of five medals.

Now in the final year of her Sport and Exercise Science at UEL, Aimee said the University had played a key part in maintaining her world-class level in the pool.

“UEL has been crucial with my development, in and out of the pool,” she said. “Without the flexibility they give me to complete my course I would have struggled to gain a degree. 

“They also help me financially to help me study, live in London and train at the London Aquatics Centre.” 

Aimee’s performance at Sheffield crowned a memorable month for the Teesside-born swimmer after she recently named as an ambassador for Team England for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Former UEL student Ali Jawad, who won a powerlifting silver medal at the Rio Paralympics, has also been chosen as ambassador. 

The role involves raising the profile of Team England and its values in the run-up to the 2018 Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.