Cardiff Met congratulates gold medal duo on BBC recognition
Colleagues at Cardiff Metropolitan University have congratulated athletes Aled Sion Davies and Lynn Davies on being recognised in the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2012.
Multi-talented 21-year-old Aled claimed two medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning gold in the F42 discus and bronze in the F42/44 shot putt.
Following a break from his studies to concentrate on his training Aled returned to Cardiff Met in September to continue working towards a BSc in Sport Management.
Lynn, aged 70, won Olympic long jump gold in 1964 and went on to set a British record 8.23m which stood for more than 30 years. A Cardiff Met honorary fellow, he was given a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC event.
Speaking on behalf of the University, Dean of Cardiff School of Sport, Dave Cobner, said: “It’s an honour to have one of our students saluted as one of the nation’s sports personalities of the year. Aled fully deserves such recognition. We congratulate all those shortlisted especially the winner, Jade Jones.
“Lynn has had a long association with this university and it’s a fitting tribute to see him honoured by the nation.
“We have fantastic sports facilities on campus and a great sporting heritage which was further strengthened this summer by the performances of Aled and fellow Cardiff Met Paralympians such as Nathan Stephens and Stephen Thomas.”
Before London 2012 began, Cardiff Met played a key role with athletes from five teams taking advantage of training facilities at the university’s National Indoor Athletics Centre.
Cardiff Met Olympics athletes included gold medal rower Helen Glover, hurdler Dai Greene, 800m runner Gareth Warburton, discus thrower Brett Morse and basketball players Rose Anderson, Stef Collins and Jenaya Wade-Fray.
The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2012 event took place at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium yesterday (Monday, December 10).
Those shortlisted were Gareth Bale, Leanda Cave, Nathan Cleverly, Mark Colbourne, Aled Sion Davies, Tom James, Jade Jones, Dan Lydiate, Josie Pearson and Geraint Thomas.