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UCAPP Supported Athletes 2021/22

UCAPP Supported Athletes 2021/22

Below are the University of Cambridge students currently supported by UCAPP. We will be releasing one profile each week so rember to check back regularly. 

Athlete 4 - Remi Rufus-Toye (Powerlifting) 

Remi is a powerlifter and medical student at Jesus College Cambridge. His competitive highlights include selection to Team GB for the IPF World Championships, winning Junior Nationals in 2019, and winning both a gold medal (deadlift) and 2 bronze medals (total and bench-press) at the University World Championships in 2019. Over his 5 years at Cambridge, he has taken on many roles in the University Powerlifting Club, including President and Men’s Captain. He has used these positions to cultivate an inclusive atmosphere within the club, introducing the development squad programme during this time. Remi is now in the penultimate year of his studies. Having established a grounding in the theory of medical practice during his first 3 years, his education now revolves around placements based in both hospital and primary care and focusses on developing the clinical skills required for practice as a doctor.

Athlete 3 - Luke McCarron (Triathlon)

Luke McCarron is a medical student and triathlete at the University of Cambridge. His sporting highlights including winning a silver medal at the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) triathlon championships and leading the Cambridge mens triathlon team to their first BUCS medal. In addition Luke is currently English national triathlon champion and Irish national aquathlon champion. Through his example Luke hopes to inspire more people to continue their sporting journeys while balancing their academic aspirations at the same time.

Athlete 2 - Lauren Brigden (Fencing)

Lauren has been the captain of the women's fencing team at Cambridge for the past two years, having previously captained squads from both East and West Midlands. Her sporting highlights include representing England and Great Britain internationally, taking part in the British Fencing athlete development programme, and an undefeated BUCS season with CUFC in 2020. As part of her captaincy, Lauren has worked to increase inclusivity by bringing wheelchair fencing to the university and opening the club up to include a second women's team. As a third-year linguistics undergraduate at King's, Lauren's dissertation focuses on computational models to discriminate author gender using direct speech.

Athlete 1 - Raghul Parthipan (Powerlifting)

Raghul is a Team GB Powerlifter and is a PhD student at Cambridge. His competitive highlights include representing GB at the European Bench Press Championships and winning British Universities in two consecutive years in different weight-classes. He has also been extensively involved in the Cambridge University Powerlifting Club, Captaining the Men's side this year, and works to improve accessibility of the sport and share its wide-ranging benefits with more people. As a PhD student, he works on the climate issue. He develops probabilistic machine learning to improve climate models. Doing this can help us create better predictions of our future climate so we can take appropriate actions to prepare ourselves for the future.

Prospective athletes need to complete the UCAPP application form which is downloadable below.  A panel, consisting of sport service representatives as well as external personnel will review all applications.

How to apply?

UCAPP Application Form

If you have any questions regarding UCAPP please contact Tristan Coles by email at ucapp@sport.cam.ac.uk or call on 01223 336580.