by Charlotte Workman
BUDs took place at Midlothians own Snowsports Centre at Hillend on the 5th and 6th of November.
It was host to over 2000 students from 70 different universities from all over the UK, around 1100 students were competing individually and/or as part of their university team.
With 5 events for skiing and snowboarding – Giant Slalom, Dual Slalom, Team Dual Slalom, Syndicate’s Slopestyle, and Rome’s Big Air competition was rife.
Napier’s team was strong with 20 students competing in all events and ending the two days of competition victoriously with 9 medals and 54 BUCS points (British University College Sports)
Callum Henderson 2nd GS and 3rd slalom
Carla Gardiner 2nd GS and 2nd slalom
Cammy Nicol 1st Slopestyle 2nd Big Air
Amy McFarline 1st GS
Tom Akass 1st GS and 2nd Boarder-X
Napier were overall winners of BUDs by a clear margin, beating Glasgow University by 3 medals.
The team and the whole club were ecstatic. President Tom Akass, who is in his final year on the committee, where he has been involved for three years, was over-joyed with the result,”BUDs is one of the highlights of the year for me, it’s great to see all my mates from other unis. Gutted its my last one, but what a way to go out!”
The grand finale of the Men’s slopestyle competition on Saturday night was made a monumental moment as the first flakes of snow began to fall on Edinburgh. The 2000 students went wild and it was deemed an awesome way to bring in the new season.
BUDs highlights are available here: http://vimeo.com/16588108