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Sports lecturer inducted to Welsh Sports Hall of Fame

News | 15 September 2023

​​A Cardiff ​Metropolitan University academic has been honoured at the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame Awards (Thursday 14th September).

Suzy Drane, senior lecturer in Sport Development and Performance Sport and former Wales Netball captain, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Suzy Drane and Cara Aitchison
Suzy Drane with President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison

She said: “Thursday evening was an amazing surprise, leaving me a little overwhelmed. I am honoured and privileged to have been inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and named among Wales’ sporting greats. I am forever grateful for my support network and people I have worked with along this journey.”

Two Cardiff Met alumni were also honoured at the event, with John Devereux, former Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby union player and a Great Britain rugby league player, inducted into the Hall of Fame while Sue Butler, BBC Wales’ new Head of Sport, picked up the prestigious Peter Corrigan Media Award. Both John and Sue studied at Cardiff Met in the 1980s.

John Devereux
John Devereux

In its 32nd year, the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of some of Wales’ sporting greats, with over 150 Welsh sporting legends inducted so far. Cardiff Met was headline sponsor of this year’s event.

Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: “At Cardiff Met, we actively support and promote Wales’ sporting success and the provision of education, research, training facilities and resources for many of Wales’ prominent sport stars. It’s fantastic to see former students and current colleagues recognised for their achievements in sport performance and the wider sport industry in Wales.

“We’re proud of our association with the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame, and we would like to congratulate all inductees and winners and thank them for their significant contributions to Welsh sport.”