After a twelve year break, the AU has decided to re-launch Nottingham Superstars. Each hall has been contacted and instructed to nominate one boy and one girl to compete in the event. Superstars should prove to be a gruelling event and as an added incentive to anyone entering the competition, the reigning champion is none other than Olympic Gold-winning athlete Tim Brabants.

The event promises to be a huge test of sporting versatility and endurance. Events range from football and basketball to cycling and kayaking. The events will all take place on campus, excluding the final, and promise to provide a compelling spectacle – particularly the 800m run on campus and the 50m kayak on the lake. The competition is being organized by AU officer Paul Lloyd and to augment him, there will be a ‘senior marshal’ present at each event to ensure that competitors comply with the competition’s rules and to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The showpiece final will take place on Wednesday at ISIS nightclub and is set to be a fitting end to what should be a fantastic competition. Ominously, the exact events have not yet been disclosed and the only thing that is certain is that the male and female winners are not going to win the competition without an immense amount of mental and physical dedication and strength.

The rewards for such endeavour have already been set out by the AU and have been generously donated by the campus Fitness Centre and University Sports Centre. The winning male and female athlete will each receive free Fitness Centre and Sports Centre membership for a year and the three runner up boys and three girls will each receive a personal lesson with one of the Fitness Centre’s qualified instructors. Each finalist will also receive a free ticket to this year’s Intra-Mural Ball and awards ceremony on the 6th May.

There are few things a student can achieve in their first year at University that can compare with competing in and let alone winning Superstars. The test of such a range of physical attributes coupled with the mental strength required to overcome each obstacle present a supreme test to any athlete. Even Tim Brabants.

Charlie Eccleshare

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