26 March 2018
As an official partner of Team Wales, the University of South Wales (USW) has played a major role in supporting the country’s Commonwealth Games team as they prepare for the 2018 event in Gold Coast, Australia.
The Commonwealth Games is the only time when elite athletes represent their home nation when competing at a major multi-sport, global event. The teams who travel to the Gold Coast are a unique blend of emerging talent and established stars, able-bodied and para-sport athletes.
USW has a long-standing partnership with Commonwealth Games Wales, opening up opportunities for students to complete work placements at the organisation.
We’ve spoken to a number of athletes, specialist support staff, and students, and asked them how they think the partnership benefits both USW and Team Wales.
Chris Jenkins, CEO of Team Wales; Dr Tudor Williams, Director of Sport and Campus Services at USW, and Euros Evans, USW's Head of Careers and Employability, explain the benefits of the parrtnership.
Christie Williams, weightlifter and USW student, explains how the facilities at USW's Sport Park are helping her to compete at the Commonwealth Games.
Ria Male is Head of Development at Hockey Wales, and a USW Masters student.
Chris Emsley is a lecturer in Sport Development at USW, and is a Board Director at Bowls Wales.
Sports Leadership and Development student Bronne Griffiths tells us how studying at USW has changed her life, and how the partnership should help others to follow her lead.
Sports Development graduate Hannah John is the National Women's Team Manager for the WRU. Hannah explains how she believes the partnership will help sport to develop in Wales.
Professor Julie Lydon, USW Vice-Chancellor, said: “As one of Wales’ leading universities for sport, the University of South Wales is a proud partner of Team Wales. Our staff and students have been involved at all levels in preparation for this year’s Games, and we wish the entire team and its support staff every success in the Gold Coast.”
Also involved in the event have been fashion student Meghan Bentley, who has designed the leggings, which will be worn by the athletes as they travel to the Games.
One of our graduates, Stephen Jenkins, is table tennis coach for Team Wales, having been a bronze medal winner in two previous Games.
While Professor David Shearer has been supporting the team, providing specialist advice to coaches on how to manage stress, and also to swimmers on how to ensure they are at optimum fitness for their races.
The films have been produced by final-year BA Photojournalism student Emily Keohane, as a further example of how the USW and Team Wales collaboration is providing development opportunities across a wide range of disciplines.
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