Former Cardiff Met Student Helen Clinches GB Gold 

01/08/2012 14:30 


Former Cardiff Metropolitan University student Helen Glover has won Great Britain’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with rowing partner Heather Stanning in the women’s pair.

Helen - who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree in 2007 and qualified as a PE teacher at Cardiff Met in 2008 - recorded a time of 7:27.13 with Heather to also become the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, said: “On behalf of the university, I would like to extend our congratulations to our former student Helen as well as her rowing partner, Heather.

“Helen’s incredible achievement and excellence in her chosen sport has made the whole nation proud.”

Speaking about Helen’s success, Dave Cobner, Dean of Cardiff School of Sport said: “We are delighted to see Helen win a gold medal for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her talent, dedication and hard work has led to success at the very highest level, it is a truly remarkable achievement.”

Cardiff Metropolitan University was named this month as top ranked Welsh university in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league tables.

Current and former Met students selected for the 2012 Olympics include Dai Greene (400m hurdles) Brett Morse (discus), Helen Glover (rowing), Georgina Geikie (pistol shooting), Mark Hawkins (handball), Stef Collins, Rose Anderson, Jena Wade-Fray (basketball).

Paralympians include Stephen Thomas (sailing), Nathan Stephens (javelin) and Aled Sion Davies (discus).

Previous Olympics successes include Lynn Davies (long jump gold, 1964), coach Ian Barker (sailing silver, 2000) and Peter Radford (100m and 4x100m bronze, 1960).

Coaches, analysts and support personnel from Cardiff Met are also heading for London 2012.

They include Scott Simpson (UK Athletics), Damian Jennings, Lucy Power, Sarah Wagstaff and David Bailey (GB women’s basketball), Mike Peyrebrune (GB swimming), Simon Jones (GB and Australia cycling), Mitch Fenner (BBC Sport) and John Beer (GB gymnastics), Yvonne Saker and Jose Castro (beach volleyball) and Sandra Stoll (Paralympics beach volleyball).

At least 16 Cardiff Met figures have been named among the Olympics suppliers, management and volunteers – and three alumni are on Cultural Olympiad duty in music and dance.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Met’s top class facilities at its Cyncoed Campus are being used as a training base for Olympics teams from Trinidad and Tobago and New Zealand, and Paralympics teams from China and Australia.