On Tuesday 10th July; Rob Eddon, Emma Weir, Sam Lewis and I travelled down to UWE in Bristol to represent Coventry University at the BUCS conference 2018. We started the week getting settled into our accommodation and listening to the first Keynote speaker, Andy Reed, who is the Director of Sajelmpact and a man who has had a huge influence in University Sport. The SABBs had a chance to network in the evening, and it was a really good chance to speak to other people in the same position as me and to ask questions about things they had enjoyed or found hard in their role so far. We resided in the union bar that evening for a quiz and to watch France beat Belgium in the World Cup Semi-Final.
The second day on conference saw us receive key note speeches from 3 Olympic athletes; Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh and Dame Katherine Grainger. All 3 ladies gave insightful and interesting talks about their experiences, and their journey to Gold. I really enjoyed learning about their ups and downs and hearing exactly how much work it takes to become an Olympic athlete. That evening we went back to the SU bar to unfortunately watch England get knocked out of the World Cup. Despite this loss, we were able to mingle with other universities and network further ideas.
The last keynote speaker of the conference was Adam Conton, a highly animated former soldier, who spoke of his team working experiences. He was a very engaging speaker and was a great end to what had been a fascinating and insightful conference. We finished the week with the BUCS awards, hosted by one of their sponsors, Outgoing, who put on an amazing dinner and after party. As well as the keynote speakers and main events, the conference had speeches from the likes of Sam Quek and Vicky Lowe, who again were really interesting to listen to. I had a great time at the BUCS conference, and I think it is really beneficial for the sport SABBs to mingle and network with each other.