Sportswomen Taking Cardiff Met Sport to the World Stage

​18/10/2017

​Suzy Drane, who captained Wales’ squad for the Netball Europe Open Championships. 

Fresh off the back of Cardiff Met Ladies Football Club topping the Welsh Premier earlier this month, more of the University’s most outstanding sportswomen will represent the institution at some of the world’s most challenging competitions.

Cardiff Met’s five-goal margin of victory over Abergavenny on October 1st sent them top of the Orchard Welsh Women’s Premier League. Goal scorers included Lauren Townsend, Robyn Pinder, Kitty Wells who got two and Monique Fischer who scored in the last minute.

Cardiff met alumnae, netballer Suzy Drane and bobsleigher Mica Moore are also set to make their mark further within their chosen sports.

Suzy Drane started playing netball in primary school, winning her first senior international cap in Cardiff in 2005. She completed a BSc in Sport Development and an MSc in Physical Activity and Health at Cardiff Met, before joining the Cardiff School of Sport in 2011 as a lecturer in Sport Development and Performance Sport.

She captained Wales’ squad for the Netball Europe Open Championships at the Sport Wales National Centre which took place from 5th to 8th October.

Suzy said: “I feel really privileged to be part of this team squad as captain, all the more so as all four games were played at home this year.

“Cardiff Metropolitan University has been a great support, for my education at first, and now for allowing me to juggle my career and my netball training requirements. Having access to the gym on site is a huge advantage, and I feel very lucky that Cardiff Met as an employer agrees to let me go on tour.

“Interestingly, out of the 15 players selected to play in our squad for the Championships, eight are Cardiff Met alumnae. And so are two members of our management team!”

Rising bobsleigh star Mica Moore is also a Cardiff Met Sport and Physical Education graduate and initially made her name as a Commonwealth Games sprinter, competing for Wales at Glasgow 2014 before taking up bobsleigh in 2016. She continues to benefit from university facilities for training with team-mate Mica McNeill.

The pair scooped World Junior Championship gold in January 2017, and despite the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) withdrawing team funding, have raised enough support in less than three weeks through a crowdfunding page to represent at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next year.

The pair, both 24, have already reached their £30,000 fundraising target.

Brakewoman Moore said: “We did not expect the money to come as quickly, the support has been amazing, not just the donations but also the kind words that we are really grateful for. We can’t wait to get back on the ice and make the most of the public’s support.”