For twin sisters Megan and Angharad Phillips, barely a moment passes when they’re not by each other’s side.
As sociology students at Durham University, the Phillips siblings are also the table tennis partnership to watch, and this week will play for their second university title of the year at BUCS Big Wednesday.
Taking place at the University of Bath on March 22, BUCS Big Wednesday will see hundreds of students from 14 sports descend on the West Country for an action-packed day of sport.
Should the Phillips sisters, who represented Wales at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, be victorious, it will complete the season’s set for the duo, having lifted the women’s doubles title earlier in the year.
And for 23-year-old Megan, there’s nothing she enjoys more than stepping up to the table alongside her sister.
“I think it will be a really good opportunity. It’s fantastic to be playing in the final anyway, so to do it with my sister is even better,” said Megan.
“I think the season so far for us has gone pretty well. Back in November, we won the BUCS doubles title together.
“This is the first time in my three years at university that we have made the team final, so it feels great to have even made it this far.
“We’d love to do the double and win the team title too. Nottingham are really strong opposition, but our aim is to use our doubles experience to try and defeat them.”
BUCS Big Wednesday sees the culmination of this season’s team sport competitions, with teams from more than 800 leagues having battled it out for a berth in the season finale.
And with both sisters, former pupils of Ysgol Brynhyfryd, set to bid farewell to their university days this summer a graduation approaches, they’re determined to sign off in style.
“I would love to finish my time at Durham on a high, and I think winning the team title would be the perfect way to do that for both of us,” Megan added.
“Participating in BUCS is definitely something I have relished during my time at Durham.
“It’s got a very professional feel to it and I think it’s very well organised. It makes all the sports feel a part of one big competition.”
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, organising leagues and competitions for more than 150 institutions across 52 different sports. BUCS has over 800 leagues across the country, with BUCS Big Wednesday the culmination for premier divisions each year.