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GB Students return from successful Winter Universiade 2017 in Kazakhstan

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A strong Team GBR side clinched a men’s curling gold as the BUCS Winter Universiade Championships took place in Kazakhstan. 

The men’s side won all 11 of their matches en-route to victory against Sweden in the final, including winning a hotly anticipated fixture against reigning Universiade champions Norway.

Men’s Team GB curling captain Brice Mouat said: “It feels great that the men have finally won the gold. It was a really good final – we started really well and finished really well. To finally get the gold around our neck and to do it in such fashion is just absolute class.”

Team GBR Chef de Mission, Neil Rogers, said: “It’s an amazing achievement by Bruce, Derrick, Bobby, Gregor and Alisdair, and follows a rich tradition of GB curling success at the Universiade – we are all immensely proud of our new World Champions.”

Curling success was just one of many for Team GBR at this year’s Winter Universiade, a biennial international event which welcomes 2,500 student athletes from 58 countries. The event is one of only two senior multi-sport international winter events, alongside the Winter Olympics.

Sheffield Hallam student Calum Paton recorded an eighth-place finish in the slopestyle competition, with University of Portsmouth’s Lawrence Willows reaching the ski cross quarter-finals.

Cornelius Kersten, studying at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, broke his 500m personal best in Team GBR’s first appearance in the long track speed-skating discipline, with team-mate Ellia Smeding finishing an impressive sixth place in the mass-start event.

Kersten’s coach, Piet Knip, said: “It was a crucial event in Cornelius’ development to one day hopefully compete against the world’s best at the Winter Olympics.”

An aim that is in the sights of everyone who took part.

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