BBC Welsh Sport Personality of the Year awards help Cardiff Met cement its reputation as a sporting centre of excellence


​Cardiff Met Alumnus Sir Gareth Edwards with his Wife Maureen Edwards

BBC Young Sportsman of the Year Matt Storey with Dean of Cardiff School of Sport, Richard Tong

Cardiff Metropolitan University further cemented itself as a sporting centre of excellence at this year's BBC Welsh Sport Personality of the Year ceremony, recognised in many different ways for the contribution the university has made to Welsh sport.

Cardiff Met alumnus Sir Gareth Edwards, who studied at the university's Cyncoed Campus between 1966 and 1969, was awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey", during his illustrious career Sir Gareth played 53 consecutive Test matches for Wales, winning three Five Nations Grand Slams.

At the start of what also promises to be a hugely successful sporting career, Cardiff Met XL Tennis Academy and rising tennis star, Matt Storey took home the Young Sportsman of the Year award after winning a gold medal at the Nike Junior National Tennis Championships, and a silver and bronze medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Matt has been training at the Cardiff Met Tennis Academy since he was seven years old and has been coached by Cardiff Met staff including Ellen Jones, Rob Meyers and Mike Castle.  He has also been fully supported in his development by the Cardiff Met Strength and Conditioning team.

In addition to the wins, Cardiff Met's presence was in full force at the event. The Welsh netball team were in attendance, many of whom are past and present Cardiff Met students and staff members, while Cardiff Met students and rhythmic gymnasts Frankie Jones – who was runner up for Welsh Sports Personality of the Year 2014 – and Laura Halford presented an award.

Former student and Para Olympian Aled Sion Davies was also deservedly nominated for overall Sport Personality of the Year.

Speaking about the event, Kathryn Thirlaway, Deputy Dean of Cardiff School of Sport, said: "This year's event was absolutely brilliant and it was great to see the contribution that Cardiff Met has made to sport in Wales. It was also lovely to hear Elan Mon Gilford, who won Young Volunteer of the Year, say she would like to study at Cardiff Met to study after she finishes A-Levels, which further seals Cardiff Met's reputation!" ​