Meet the South West team

The South West region will be looking to wrestle the Wilkinson Sword off the South East, after finishing as runners-up in last year’s National Championships.

Exeter College have qualified in women’s hockey for the fourth year running, while Weston College have managed the same feat in pan-disability football.

It will also be South Devon College’s first time qualifying in a team sport.

Colleges going to the Championships: Exeter College, PETROC, Richard Huish College, SGS College, South Devon College, Strode College, Truro & Penwith College, Weston College and Yeovil College

The sport the region is traditionally successful in: The South West women’s volleyball team from PETROC has come first in the National Championships for the last three years and the men’s team have finished in the top three for the last three years, winning the competition in 2018.

One to watch: Caitlin Apps from Exeter College won the women’s cross country regional tournament finishing in an excellent time of sub 19 minutes. Exeter College themselves have a huge number of students qualified and will be representing the region in 10 different events at National Championships.

National Championships veteran: Toby Mycock from Truro & Penwith College has qualified in tennis for the second year in a row, finishing first in both the 2017 and 2018 South West regional tournaments.

The SW region also has a few cross country runners competing in their second National Championships, including Alex Flack from Strode College, Erin Silvester and Anna Downs from Exeter College, and Abu Gupta and Sam Goodchild from Truro & Penwith College.

What they say: Emily Lord, Sports Acadamies Coordinator at Truro & Penwith College

“Truro and Penwith college have been attending the National Championships for a considerable amount of time and every year the competition and level of talent increases. It is a chance for students to compete on a national scale and see a multi sports event.

“It also gives our students an insight as to what university life is like. Staying on campus gives us a real buzz and gets the students to think about future plans.”

Nick Chadwick, Lecturer in Foundation Learning at Weston College

“To have Weston College qualify for the National Championships for the fourth consecutive year and have the prestigious honour of representing the South West region is an exceptional achievement and a real testament to the endeavour, commitment and teamwork the players put into their training every week.

“Weston College were runners up in the football tournament last year so we are determined to go one better this time and help the South West win the Wilkinson Sword trophy.

“We also know what to expect - incredible sporting facilities, amazing footballing skills, camaraderie and sportsmanship and competing against the best college teams from across the United Kingdom. We cannot wait!”