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When the season was suspended indefinitely in March due to a series of positive coronavirus tests in the F1 paddock, no one would have predicted the remarkable rollercoaster of a season that was to come. 17 races, thousands of COVID tests, 13 different podium sitters, and a record-equalling 7th title for Lewis Hamilton condensed into 164 days finally wrapped up recently in Abu Dhabi to mark the end of a crazy season. The season gave us first-time podium-sitters and first-time winners, with the first being at the first race of the season in Austria; Lando Norris was promoted to third…

Keeping active over Christmas is a lot easier said than done, as staying warm and cozy in the house munching on cheese and watching Christmas films in our PJ’s often seems a lot more appealing than dragging ourselves outside for a run, swim or cycle in the cold weather! We all have our guilty pleasures that we overindulge in over Christmas, and that’s ok, it is Christmas after all! But rather than sit down all day and feel miserable about what we’ve eaten, Christmas is also a time where we can keep moving our body so we feel healthy and…

Photo by Markbarnes (CC BY-SA 3.0) Wrexham, one of the world’s oldest football clubs, has ended up being owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The football club, who were founded in 1864, have been fan-owned since 2011 when the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) took control. “This is the third-oldest club on the planet and we don’t see why it can’t have a global appeal,” said Reynolds. “We want Wrexham to be a global force.”  The pitch was effective, with WST members voted overwhelmingly to back the takeover with 98.6% of those who responded backing the bid. Out of…

Photo by Nick Harris (CC BY-ND 2.0) You may or may not have heard of the YouTube channel Jelle’s Marble Runs, or its various sporting series: The Marble League (AKA the MarbleLympics), Marbula One, or Marbula E. Perhaps you’ve not heard of the O’Rangers, the Savage Speeders, or Team Galactic, veterans in the League since 2016. And perhaps the reason for this is that each of those teams consists solely of inanimate marbles, staged in elaborate spoof sporting events by two Dutch brothers, all voiced over by a lovable American commentator passionately analysing the ‘tactics’ and ‘personalities’ on display in…

You don’t need to be an elite athlete, pay a fortune for a Personal Trainer and a gym membership, or be out running a marathon every day to be fit and active; as lockdown taught many of us, it’s perfectly possible to keep fit from the comfort of your own home.  Exercise is an amazing way to improve your physical and mental health. As we’re spending most of our days indoors studying and doing online lectures, a Youtube workout is the perfect filler activity for in-between lectures, or for a quick study-break when we need to get away from our…

The Premier League and Championship paused last week for the second international break of the season, making way for international friendlies, Nations League fixtures, and Euro qualifiers.  Wales: Team news: Gareth Bale misses out through a knee injury picked up during the last international break, as does Hal Robson-Kanu who picked up a broken arm in the last round of league fixtures. Free-agent Ashley Williams, who has 86 wales caps, is left out of the squad. Liverpool’s Neco Williams keeps his place after making his debut against Finland and scoring the winner against Bulgaria in September, and Ben Cabango and…

Canolfan Brailsford, Bangor University’s sports and leisure facility, is due to remain a temporary NHS hospital until at least March 2021. The facility began conversion into a hospital in April, and has since provided an additional 250 beds for patients suffering respiratory illness as a result of Covid-19. Canolfan Brailsford’s temporary name is Ysbyty Enfys Bangor (Bangor Rainbow Hospital), named in honour of the NHS symbol of hope. There are two other temporary hospitals in North Wales bearing the same title: Ysbyty Enfys Glannau Dyfrdwy (formerly Deeside Leisure Centre) and Ysbyty Enfys Llandudno (formerly Venue Cymru Llandudno). Together, the three…

Photo by Paul Gillett (CC BY-SA 2.0) England and Wales faced each other this week at Wembley Stadium in a behind-closed-doors international friendly, having last played each other at Euro 2016. With both already qualified for Euro 2020 (now 2021), they used this as an opportunity to warm-up for crucial upcoming nations league matches against Belgium and the Republic of Ireland respectively. Wales come into the international break in the better form of the two- they are unbeaten in 8 games, a run stretching back to June 2019. England were poor in the last international break, beating Iceland 1-0 with…

Image by Kelvin Stuttard from Pixabay Football’s international summer transfer window closes for another year. International transfers are set in stone, no more players will be traded internationally until January and domestic trades should be settled within a week. The rumour mill can calm down and sports journalists can sleep peacefully without worry of any new developments about their club. We can finally stop talking about whether or not Jason Sancho is going to Manchester United. So, let’s take a look at the highlights. Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham Hotspur: For what feels like forever (but has actually been 7…

The Undeb Bangor Board of Trustees have made the decision to leave the position of Athletic Union President/VP Sports vacant for this academic year. This decision came after the July resignation of former Undeb Bangor President Harry Riley, and his subsequent replacement with then-AU-President, Henry Williams. Among their reasons for forgoing a second by-election, Undeb Bangor cited late timing, which would leave any successful candidate inadequate time to prepare for the role; as well as leaving graduates of the 2019/2020 academic group unable to vote, having been declassified as students in August. They also cited Covid-19’s restrictive effect on sporting…

An email has been sent out by the Student’s Union president Mark Barrow saying that the University has decided to postpone all conferences and events over COVID-19 (Corona Virus) concerns. In addition meetings involving visitors to University premises should be rescheduled. Therefore Varsity, Socs Fest and the Award Dinners have been cancelled. This has come just after Bangor University sent around an email saying that the University Executive have decided to review their COVID-19 policy, and asking that Staff and Students only travel on university business in the UK if it is absolutely necessary. Students have been advised to check…

This year Bangor is hosting Varsity, so get down and help support your sports teams between the 14th March and the 21st. 14th: Sailing, surf 18th: ultimate frisbee, American football, athletics, cricket, handball (W), rowing 20th: equestrian 21st: hockey, indoor rowing, dance, swimming, octopus, pole, mountain biking, cheerleading, dodgeball, archery, fencing, karate, lacrosse, netball, squash, tennis, basketball, futsal, badminton, volleyball, football, rugby union, rugby league, snooker and pool, canoe, BUMS For more information about varsity events, see the Undeb Athletau Bangor – UA/Bangor Athletic Union AU facebook page.

On Sunday 26th January 2020, the Bangor Karate Union (BKU) travelled down to Barnsley to compete in the Yorkshire Open. This was the club’s third year competing in the competition. The competition began with our pair’s competitors. After gaining a gold medal in the Welsh Open in November, the expectations were high for the pair. Hannah and Rachel progressed through to the semi-finals, beating black belt pairs along the way before eventually being knocked out by the England squad pair to gain the first medal of the day; bronze. The day moved on to the individual categories. Our advanced competitors…

Golf is a very difficult and skilful sport that is very hard to master. It basically involves hitting a small white ball around a course where there are 18 different holes and the aim is to get it in the hole in as little shots as possible. On the course, there are holes that are par 3, par 4 and par 5’s; this is what the average golfer should aim to get the ball in the hole in. For example, as a University Golf Club, we play at Conwy golf club that has an overall par for the course of…

Photo from Bangor Uni Pole Bangor Uni Pole fit is unlike any other sport. Take gymnastics, dance and a bit of powerlifting and you have someone that does pole fit. It takes immense strength, but more importantly it takes a lot of self confidence. Pole fit has never been about competing against one another, rather learning from each other and encouraging one another. If someone told me a few years ago that I would be performing at university wearing little clothing and spinning around on a pole I would call them a liar. Everyone has their own journey with pole…

Sports is often a pastime that many University students undertake throughout their three years of study. Although many people do sports for the passion of it, there are multiple health benefits.  Aside from the physical health benefits of becoming fitter and physically healthier, there are also multiple mental health benefits which could be a reason for you to join a team in January. It has been scientifically proven that regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD and more. Not only this, it can relieve stress, improve memory, help you sleep better and boost your…

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