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Cardiff Met Representatives Do Us Proud at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

​24/04/2018

David Phelps

Whilst the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast saw Team Wales deliver a record breaking haul of 36 medals – including a total of 10 golds – the Games also brought great success for Cardiff Met as a mixture of current students and alumni delivered an impressive ten medals for their national teams.

The University is immensely proud of the performances of the athletes and has no doubt that they will continue to deliver further success for their national sides in the years ahead.

On their incredible achievements, Owen Rodgers, Acting Director of Sport, said: "We are absolutely delighted about the success that these great athletes have had over on the Gold Coast.

"The skill and determination to perform at such an elite level cannot be underestimated and it is a credit to the immense work ethic of these students that they have managed to achieve this whilst committing to their education."

Check out our successful athletes here!

Current Students and staff

Ten Cardiff Met students travelled to the Gold Coast with the goal of representing their nation at this prestigious tournament, with three competitors returning home with a medal to their names – all securing silver medals in their respective disciplines.


Rosie Eccles, Boxing – silver medal

A former Welsh and British Champion, Rosie came into the Games with her eyes firmly fixed on securing a good platform to build upon, with her eyes set on securing a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

After dispatching local favourite Kaye Scott in the semi-final, Rosie secured a silver medal in the Women's 69kg final in her bout with England's Sandy Ryan.

 

Stef Collins and Eilidh Simpson, Basketball – silver medal

Member of staff in Stef and student, Eilidh were members of the England basketball team that won silver at the games, losing the final 99-55 to tournament favourites Australia.

The team's feat is all the more impressive considering the side almost failed to make the Games due to funding doubts.

 

Alumni

Alongside the current students who have excelled at the games, there is a significant number of former students who have gone on to win medals at the Games since completing their studies.

 

David Phelps, Shooting – gold medal

David Phelps won the 50m rifle prone gold with a Games record score as he played a part in contributing to Wales' record haul.

The gold medal will have been even sweeter for David, with the victory coming on his 41st birthday –leading to a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' sung by the crowd.

 

Dan Bibby, Rugby Sevens – bronze medal

The English fly half played a valuable role in securing a medal for his national team, having previously won silver for Team GB at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

England overcame South Africa to claim bronze in a thrilling contest, having narrowly lost their semi-final tie to eventual winners New Zealand.

 

Heather Fisher, Rugby Sevens – bronze medal

Heather is another representative of the successful England Rugby Sevens teams, having also secured a bronze medal.

The women's side ran out 24-19 winners over Canada after their loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals.