Emotions were flying high on the third day of Special Olympics Great Britain 2017 as the awards flowed at events across the city. Sheffield Live! caught up with more of the medal winners and competitors, with sports action including gymnastics at ICE Sheffield and badminton at English Institute of Sports, plus more highlights from track and field at the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium on Woodbourn Road. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed introduces day three of our Special Olympics 2017 highlights.
The British Universities & Colleges Sport Nationals (BUCS) brought over 6000 student athletes to Sheffield for three action-packed days at venues across the city. Now in its fifth year, the BUCS Nationals 2017 include indoor athletics, badminton, swimming, karate, fencing, shooting, judo, trampolining and climbing. Previous BUCS competitors have included local Team GB stars Max Lichfield and Bryony Page. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield badminton and Team GB athlete Chloe Birch has spoken out against UK Sport’s decision to cut funding for badminton leading up to Tokyo 2020. Funding has been cut despite Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge winning bronze to secure Britain’s first men’s doubles medal at Rio this year. Badminton had its funding cut from £7.4m to £5.9m after London 2012, after no players managed the minimum fourth-to-eighth-placed finish that had been targeted. Yet despite the surprise success of Ellis and Langridge, the sport will not get a slice of the £345m of national lottery and government funding which UK Sport has announced will be invested over the next four years. Badminton England are appealing the decision and have started a petition on their website which has over ten thousand signatures. Our reporter Simon Thake spoke with Chloe Birch and Badminton Sheffield Chairman Alan Barber at the English Institute for Sport.