OLYMPIC stars Joanne Jackson and Iwan Thomas arrived in Sheffield to help launch an event which will see 6,000 student athletes competing in the city.
The first BUCS Gatorade Nationals 2013 will be held at the city’s top venues from February 22 to 24.
BUCS – standing for British Universities and Colleges Sports – invited Team GB swimmer Joanne and silver medallist track star Iwan to the event at Ponds Forge.
The event, which will be the largest of its kind in the UK, will feature 12 sports, including boxing, climbing, badminton, karate, trampolining, judo, fencing, rifle, orienteering and tenpin bowling.
It also takes in the BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships and BUCS Long Course Swimming Championships.