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University competitors ready for Commonwealth Games

20 March 2018

Lewis Oliva
Lewis Oliva will compete in his third Commonwealth Games

A host of Cardiff University-related athletes are setting their sights on Commonwealth Games glory as Gold Coast 2018 gets under way in Australia on Wednesday 4 April.

Some 13 of our students, alumni and staff will represent Wales in sports as diverse as netball, 400m hurdles and cycling, while one will represent England and one will compete for Guernsey.

The students are medic Lewis Oliva – sprint cyclist; mechanical engineering student Coral Kennerley - pistol shooting; computer science student Dean Bale - rifle shooting for England; medic Hallam Amos – men’s sevens rugby; medic Sarah Llewelyn and biological sciences student Leila Thomas - both netball.

Our alumni are Caryl Granville (BSc 2011) - 400m hurdles; Sally Peake (MSc 2017) – pole vault; Josh Lewis (MA 2017) – triathlon for Guernsey; Philippa Tuttiett (BA 2005) and Elinor Snowsil (PGCE 2014) – both women’s sevens rugby; Dan Kyriakides (BSc 2016), Rupert Shipperley (BSc 2014) and Sophie Clayton (BDS 2015) – all hockey.

The member of staff is research fellow and Wales women’s netball vice-captain Dr Kelly Morgan, from the School of Social Sciences, who joins students Sarah and Leila in the netball squad.

Sarah Llewelyn
Sarah Llewelyn

The five students competing are all part of the University’s high performance programme, which helps them excel in both their sporting and academic careers during their time at Cardiff.

Head of Sport Stuart Vanstone said: “Our aim is to help students succeed in their academic and sporting interests while they’re studying at Cardiff University.

“The students have been able to balance their studies with the demanding training session schedules leading to selection.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to be selected to represent your country and we’re very proud of the sporting success of our students, alumni and staff. We wish them all every success in Australia and we’ll be cheering them on.”