Cardiff Met Rugby Stars Represent Team GB in Rio

​26/07/2016

​Jasmine Joyce - pictured here at this year's Sporting Wales Rising Stars event.

Sam Cross

Five Cardiff Met students and past students are on the road to Rio to represent Team GB in rugby.

Jasmine Joyce, from St David’s, Pembrokeshire, is currently on a year-long break from Cardiff Met, in order to develop her game and will line up with 11 English players in the 12-strong women’s Sevens squad.

She joins Cardiff Met alumni Danielle Waterman in the women’s Sevens squad as well as Heather Fisher, who was a World Cup winner in 2014.

Abergavenny-born Sam Cross studied here on a Sport & Exercise Science scholarship and lines up alongside former Cardiff met student Daniel Bibby, who also represented England Rugby Sevens at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sam said: "With just a week remaining before departing for Rio, things are becoming very real and obviously I am extremely excited with the incredible opportunity I have.

“Since representing GB students in the Student Olympics in Kazan during my time at Cardiff Met, the Olympics have been a long term goal of mine and for it now to be a reality is still pretty surreal!

“To be sharing this experience with Dan Bibby, an ex-team mate and university pal is pretty special. Having shared many a memory on Pitch One at Cyncoed campus, winning a gold in Brive with GB students and enjoying Wednesday socials with Dan, the fact we are going to both be representing Team GB in Rio this summer is amazing.

“We both have to thank Cardiff Met for the help and support we received on our journey and are both honoured to be representing the University on our adventure this summer in Rio.”

Jasmine added: “I am absolutely buzzing to be representing team GB. It is such a privilege! I am also looking forward to playing with fellow Cardiff Met players Heather Fisher and Danielle Waterman.”

Dave Cobner, former Director of Cardiff Met Sport, said: "We have a renowned line-up of sportsmen and women within the sporting arenas of the world, and are also very proud of the coaches, managers and support staff who have risen through the ranks from Cardiff Met.

"These five students and former students can be very proud of this once in a lifetime achievement of heading to Rio and we wish them every success at the Games and hope they enjoy every moment there.”