WEST FIFE judoka Fiona Todman and Kirsty Marsh are celebrating podium success for a second successive year after impressing at the British University and Colleges Sports Championships (BUCS).

The Destination Judo Club competitors travelled to Sheffield for the annual competition, in which more than 5,000 students took part in eight sports from February 14-16, and went home with bronze and silver medals respectively.

Taking to the mat in the under-52kg Dan (black belt) grade category, Heriot-Watt University student Todman qualified for the medal round from a tough pool, with a quick ippon victory against the University of Kent's Christina Kelsall proving decisive.

Ultimately, however, defeats to West Fife rival Marsh, and British champion Yasmin Javadian, of the University of Birmingham, saw the Dunfermline fighter settle for bronze, which was a repeat of her achievement at the same event 12 months ago.

Marsh, representing the University of Edinburgh, started with a couple of quick ippon wins before an impressive victory over the University of Liverpool's Elizabeth Cheminais, who is currently second in the British rankings, saw the Dalgety Bay resident qualify for the medal round.

In the end, she had to settle for silver – having won bronze last year – after falling victim to European junior medallist Javadian, and went on to add a second medal a day later.

Marsh anchored the University of Edinburgh's women's team to the national final and, after topping their five-team pool, they squeezed past Anglia Ruskin University in the last four, before losing out in the final to the University of Nottingham.

That second place continued an excellent season for the team, who last month were crowned Scottish student champions – with Marsh also collecting individual gold – and gain another runners-up spot in the Ecole Polytechnique team championships in Paris.

In addition, Marsh also took junior silver and senior bronze – in which she lost out to 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, Kimberley Renicks, in the medal round – in January's Scottish Open, and will seek to take her good form into Europe when she represents Judo Scotland at the Thuringia tournament in Germany next month.

Having represented British Universities at the European Universities’ Judo Championships in Zagreb last summer, both Todman and Marsh now face an anxious wait to discover whether or not they will be chosen to represent their respective universities at this year’s European University Games, which will be held in Belgrade in July.