A report from the European Universities Games in Lodz, Poland.

The European Universities Games hosted 4,459 athletes, representing 422 universities, from across 38 countries, in 20 different sporting disciplines, taking place at 14 venues across the city of Lodz in Poland from the 17th to the 30th July.

The United Kingdom delegation, on behalf of BUCS, became the most successful delegation in BUCS history winning 34 medals. Consisting of 12 gold, six silver and 16 bronze, the medal tally surpasses the 23 medals won in 2018. 18 British universities won a medal at the Games, which is the most in the history of the competition for any British delegation.

The delegation’s most successful sport of the Games was Taekwondo, with nine UK universities contributing to the medal tally. Athletes won three golds and eight bronze medals, with top honours going to Simone Abley (Northumbria University), Elisha Shaw (University of Glasgow) and Matthew Howell (University of Nottingham).

The British Universities Team took 44 athletes in both the Combat Sport and Poomsae and the Taekwondo team returned as the most successful sport of the multi-games event.

The eleven Taekwondo medallists were:


  • Elisha Shaw of Glasgow University and Momentum Taekwondo
  • Matthew Howell of the University of Nottingham and NTC
  • Simone Abley of Northumbria University and Salamander Taekwondo


  • Chloe Dutton of University of Nottingham and BJ Academy Taekwondo
  • Ella Sands of Newcastle University and Premier Taekwondo
  • Grace Gambril of UCL
  • Ilyas Hussain of Queen Mary City of London and Evolve Taekwondo
  • Isra Ilyas of Southampton University and LMC Taekwondo
  • Lucían Procopciuc of University of Strathclyde
  • Ruth May of Cardiff Met and Llantwit Major Taekwondo
  • Saihra Abid of University of Law and Gurumu Taekwondo

You can find all of the results on the 2022 European Universities Games website.

Photos from the Taekwondo events on Days 13 and 14 of the Games can be found on the official event Flickr account.

The Debrecen-Miskolc 2024 European Universities Games in Hungary will take place between the 12-24 July 2024.

Sports teams and individuals from British Universities & Colleges Sport members can participate through qualification from the national season.

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. Find out more on the BUCS website.