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Varsity ambassadors

30 April 2012

Varsity Ambassadors

Catherine Spencer, Mike Hall and Rhys Williams, three of Cardiff’s Varsity Ambassadors

Four well-known sports personalities are supporting Cardiff students in Welsh Varsity, an annual sporting clash with rivals Swansea University.

Cardiff graduates Catherine Spencer and Pete Gardner along with former Wales’ international rugby players Mike Hall and Rhys Williams have become ambassadors for Team Cardiff in the event.

Philosophy graduate and rugby player Catherine has won 63 caps for England and led their women’s team to the finals of the 2010 rugby world cup. She is regarded as one of women’s rugby’s greatest players and at the height of her career was seeded second in the world.

Pete Gardner represented Great Britain in the men’s quadruple scull at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens having started rowing at the University while he was studying at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. 

Mike Hall earned 42 caps for Wales and played in a tour of Australia with the British Lions in 1989 while Rhys Williams played for Cardiff Blues and won 44 caps for Wales as a full-back and winger.

As Varsity ambassadors the four will help raise the profile of Welsh Varsity and provide advice and guidance to Cardiff’s competitors.

Speaking about becoming a Varsity ambassador, Catherine Spencer said: “Having loved my time spent at Cardiff University I now feel very privileged and honoured to be a Varsity ambassador. Having retired from an International career involving two World Cup finals I can still say that some of my university fixtures are placed at the top of my rugby highlights list. I would like to wish both the Cardiff men and women all the best for their Varsity match.”

Watch films with Mike, Rhys and Catherine explaining why they’re backing Cardiff at Welsh Varsity.