Netball squad features students and member of staff

6 March 2018

Leila Thomas
Leila Thomas

Two Cardiff University students and a member of staff have been chosen for the same Wales women’s netball team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Medical student Sarah Llewelyn, 21, Biological Sciences student Leila Thomas, 19, and research fellow Dr Kelly Morgan, 30, from the School of Social Sciences, will be in the Wales squad taking on New Zealand, Scotland, England, Uganda and Malawi in the preliminary rounds.

The top two teams from each of the two groups will go forward to the semi-finals and the chance to win a medal.

Sarah and Leila are both members of the University’s High Performance Programme, which helps students excel at in both their sporting and academic careers during their time at Cardiff.

Sarah, Leila and Kelly, who is Wales vice-captain, are the latest of several University-linked athletes representing Wales at the Games.

Three alumni have been selected for the Wales hockey squads. They are 22-year-old marine geography graduate Dan Kyriakides (BSc 2016) and 25-year-old geography and planning graduate Rupert Shipperley (BSc 2014) for the men’s side, while 26-year-old dentistry graduate Sophie Clayton, 26 (BDS 2015) has been picked for the women.

And earlier this year medical student Lewis Oliva, 25, was selected in the cycling sprint while Coral Kennerley, 23, who is studying mechanical engineering, will compete in pistol shooting.

Computer science student Dean Bale, 20, will represent England in rifle shooting at the Games.