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Corinne Humphreys going for gold at BUCS Nationals


Advertising student leads a strong UEL squad in Sheffield

Advertising student Corinne Humphreys admits she cannot wait to get her competitive sprint season underway at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals this weekend.

Corinne leads a powerful University of East London (UEL) squad at the championships in Sheffield, where they will be competing in athletics, swimming, karate, judo and fencing. And, after a stellar track season last year, there are high hopes she will come away with athletics gold in the 60 metres sprint.

“I know that BUCS is going to be a really good competition,” said the 26-year-old sports scholar.

“The great thing about BUCS is it is always quite unpredictable. There is always someone who comes out of nowhere so you can never go in there too confident. 

“I am just there to compete as best I can and the result will be the result.”

Last year, Corinne enjoyed a breakthrough season that saw her gain selection for the World Championships, European Team Championships and World University Games.

She has also been chosen to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April.

Having struggled with injury in her early career, Corinne praised the role of UEL staff in helping her overcome her physical problems and develop into a world-class athlete. 

“I’m very grateful for everything that the high-performance programme has given me,” she said.

“It’s something I hold in high regard, to represent my university, because I feel they have given me a new lease of life and a new platform to be able to become world class. 

“BUCS competitions have bought me back to competing at a championship level.

“Any resource you would need to be an elite athlete they just have that at your disposal here.

“It’s on par with what I would have got if I was part of the high-class performance programme with British Athletics.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that all that success happened when it did. Everything UEL has given me it started to take form last year.”

With the Commonwealth Games now firmly in her sights, Corinne is excited to begin final preparations for the event, where she will compete in the individual  100 metres and the 4x100 metres relay.

She said, “Because the Commonwealths are so early on in the year, there is quite a limited amount of competitions beforehand.

“We got to the holding camps and we might have a one-off race and then you go into the fire.”