Clare Maurer Wins Pole Vault GOLD at BUCS

The weekend of 29th April – 1st May marked ICXCAC’s representation at the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships.

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The third day of the Championships saw Imperial’s very own Clare Maurer clear 3.70m in the women’s pole vault final and bring home the title! Below is an interview with Clare following this incredible achievement:

How did you get into pole vault?
I used to do gymnastics when I was younger and after deciding to stop that my school sports teacher encouraged me to try pole vault as both sports have similar traits. So I decided to give it a go and have loved it ever since!

What was the build up to BUCS like training wise and otherwise?
Training before BUCS went really well and I was fresh back from warm weather training in Spain which was an ideal environment to prepare for the outdoor season (unfortunately the weather in Bedford was quite the opposite to sunny Spain!!)

What expectations did you have coming into the championship?
I don’t like to put too much pressure on myself but I knew training had been going great and I was in good form. I achieved a bronze medal at the indoor championship so I was looking to improve on this but I knew that the competition was going to be tough.

Take us through the whole experience of competing and how it felt to win.
Warm up went well, despite a downpour of rain and cold conditions, so I felt good going into the competition. I knew in a championship like this clearing heights first time was important and after successfully doing this for my opening height, 3.70m and 3.80m, I gave myself a really good chance of winning! I was really determined to clear 3.90 and just clipped the bar, so it wasn’t to be, but I had just been crowned BUCS champion and had achieved an outdoor PB so I was over the moon. It was also great to have support from my coach, team mate and imperial coaching team.

What are your goals going forward?
I’ve just been selected to represent British universities at the Loughborough international on 21st May so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m also hoping to compete at the British championships and jump over 4 metres.

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Find full results from the weekend here.