Celebration Held for Cardiff Met Olympians, Paralympians and Technical and Support Staff

​13/01/2017

Back row (L to R): Stephen Thomas, Para Sailing Team (GB), Cara Aitchison Cardiff Met Vice Chancellor, Aled Siôn Davies, Paralympic Shot Put and Discus (GB), Barbara Wilding, Chair of the Board of Governors.

Front row: Charlotte Wingfield, 100m & 200m (Malta), Ieuan Lloyd, Swimming (GB).

Staff, students and alumni have celebrated Cardiff Met's success at Rio's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paralympic Gold medallist Aled Sion Davies took part in a Question and Answer session and was among the guests of honour at the reception, hosted by the University's President and Vice-Chancellor Cara Aitchison and Chair of the Board of Governors, Barbara Wilding on the University's Cyncoed campus.

Charlotte Wingfield, who competed in the 100m and 200m events for Malta, GB swimmer Ieuan Lloyd and Paralympic sailor Stephen Thomas and Cardiff Met alumnas and Olympian  Lynn 'the Leap' Davies also enjoyed the event. 

Thirty five staff, students and alumni were among the athletes and backroom staff who enjoyed success at last summer's Games. Those who attended last night (Thursday's) event saw shot put and discus thrower Aled signing a mural which has been created in the foyer of the new Cyncoed Sports centre, in honour of all those who took part.

Aled, who won gold in the F42 shot put event at Rio, said:  "I was an unknown when I won gold in London in 2012. In Rio everyone wanted to take my scalp so the last thing I wanted to do was mess up. It was so important to deliver when it mattered and thankfully, I put in my best performance of the year. As the competition went on, my coach Ryan Spencer-Jones and I got more and more confident that I would not beaten."

Cara Aitchison addressed guests, saying: "To be an Olympian in itself is to be a winner although four Olympic medals were also won by Cardiff Met alumni: two gold medallists -  Aled Siôn Davies for para shotput and discus and Helen Glover in rowing and there were also two silver medallists: Daniel Bibby and Sam Cross.

"Behind every athlete is a team of support staff and Cardiff Met's involvement in Rio includes coaches, psychologists, physiotherapists, physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, performance scientists, team leaders and managers. 

"There is no other University in Wales that made such a contribution to Rio 2016.

"In England only Loughborough and Bath Universities and in Scotland only Edinburgh and Stirling come close.

"Wales is a sporting nation and Cardiff Met is committed to playing a world leading role in supporting sport from the pinnacle of performance sport through to grass roots participation."

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