Sporting success at the BBC Cymru Sports Personality of the Year Awards


​(Left- Right) Frankie Jones, Jo Coombs and fellow Welsh Gymnast Laura Halford.

​Cardiff Metropolitan University showcased its elite sporting prowess at the recent BBC Sport Personality of the Year Awards with an award for Cardiff School of Sport alumnus Jo Coombs and a nomination for undergraduate student Frankie Jones.

Cardiff Met alumnus, Jo Coombs who studied a Masters in Sports Management and Leadership in 2013, won Coach of the Year award after leading the Welsh rhythmic gymnastics squad to eight medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Speaking about the win, Jo said: "Winning the Coach of the Year award came as a very nice surprise and feels like a fitting end to what has been a very successful year for us as a team.

"This win goes to show what is possible with teamwork and also gives the sport recognition it deserves. The win will go a long way to helping raise the profile of the sport and we are thrilled to have come out on top in a very competitive category."

Current Cardiff Met student and commonwealth gymnast, Frankie Jones took the runners up spot for Welsh Sports Personality of the Year 2014, narrowly missing the top spot to Cyclist, Geraint Thomas.

Currently studying BA (Hons) Sports Conditioning, Massage and Rehabilitation, rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones won one gold and five silvers to become the most successful individual Welsh athlete at the Commonwealth Games.

After opening the Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow last year as Welsh flag bearer Frankie was also honoured with the David Dixon award for outstanding athlete of the Games based on performance, fair play and overall team contribution.