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University of East London student Humphreys excited for BUCS Nationals

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 February 2018

UEL student Corinne Humphreys wil be at the European Cup in the 100m

UEL student Corinne Humphreys wil be at the European Cup in the 100m

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Corinne Humphreys has declared her excitement at competing in the “unpredictable” BUCS Nationals, which start this weekend.

The University of East London athlete will be competing in the 60m sprint and the Leyton star feels the event always has the potential to throw up a surprise.

“I know that BUCS is going to be a really good competition,” the 26-year-old said.

“The great thing about BUCS is it is always quite unpredictable.

“There is always someone who comes out of nowhere so you can never go in there too confident.

“I am just there to compete as best I can and the result will be the result.”

After a successful 2017 that saw her compete at the World Championships, European Team Championships, World University Games and gain selection for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, Humphreys believes her coaches must take credit for her development.

Having struggled with injury in her early career, the final-year advertising student praised the role of her university in helping her overcome these issues and develop her as a world class athlete.

“I’m very grateful for everything that the high performance programme has given me,” she said.

“It’s something I hold in high regard, to represent my university because I feel they have given me a new lease of life and a new platform to be able to become world class.

“BUCS competitions have bought me back to competing at a championship level.

“Any resource you would need to be an elite athlete they just have that at your disposal here.

“It’s on par with what I would have got if I was part of the high-class performance programme with British Athletics.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that all that success happened when it did. Everything UEL has given me it started to take form last year.”

With the Commonwealth Games now firmly in her sights, the former Oaklands College pupil is excited to begin final preparations for the event, where she will compete in the 100m individual and 4x100m relay.

She said: “Because the Commonwealths are so early on in the year, there is quite a limited amount of competitions beforehand.

“We got to the holding camps and we might have a one-off race and then you go into the fire.

“I am very excited, it is still very surreal, I have got to know some of the team managers and my team mates.

“I just want to be a competitor and give everything I can in every round.

“If I know I have done everything I can I will have put myself in a position to reach the final, so I want to know I have given my all in every round.”

BUCS Nationals powered by Muhdo is the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK, bringing the best of Britain’s university athletes together to compete across eight different sports in Sheffield. More info at bucs.org.uk and via #BUCSNationals.

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