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Talented student sprinter scores sports first for The Sheffield College

Updated: 19/04/2019

Talented sprinter and sports degree student Regan O’Connell has achieved a sporting first for The Sheffield College.

Talented student sprinter scores sports first for The Sheffield College

Pictured: Regan O’Connell has achieved a sporting first for The Sheffield College

Regan, aged 20, is the first Sheffield College competitor to take part in this year’s prestigious British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions.

Regan is currently completing a Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise Coaching at the College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street.

Now he has been selected to compete in the 100-metre race at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships, from May 4th to 6th, at Bedford Stadium.

This follows a strong performance by Regan at the BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships, at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, in February. Regan finished eighth overall in the 60-metre dash and ranked as Sheffield’s fastest student.

Regan said: “It feels great to represent the College for the first time in these events. My tutors have been really supportive and encouraged me to be the best I can which, in turn, has given me the confidence to succeed.”

BUCS is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. Member organisations include universities as well as further education colleges that offer degree courses. Visit https://www.bucs.org.uk/homepage.asp

Lucy Ridley, Course Leader for the Sport and Exercise Coaching Foundation Degree, The Sheffield College, said: “We’re really proud of Regan and the fact that for the first time we are competing in a very high standard league against top athletes from universities and further education colleges nationally.”

Regan, who runs for City of Sheffield Athletics Club and trains at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield six times a week, has previously competed in the Yorkshire, Northern and National Athletics Championships.

After college, his ambition is to complete a scholarship year in America and then return to Sheffield to finish the final year of an honours degree. Regan has already received some offers from prestigious universities in the USA.

Regan added: “Going to college has changed my life, and helped me grow and develop. I used to be quite shy and had difficulty talking to people I didn’t know. I now have confidence in a big group and friends from all walks of life.”

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