Press Releases 2016

UWTSD students compete in World Sea Rowing Championships in Monte Carlo

21.12.2016

Two students currently studying with the UWTSD group recently competed in the World Sea Rowing Championships in Monte Carlo. 

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Over 750 competitors from thirty one countries took part in three days of competition that were held in the presence of Prince Albert of Monaco in October.

The Great Britain team fielded a thirty strong squad which included five Welsh representatives who all received their training at the Wales Sea Yoles Training headquarters at the Towy Boat Club in Llansteffan.

Two of the five Welsh representatives are studying with the UWTSD Group - Swyn Williams is a BA Physical Education student with the School of Sport, Health & Outdoor Education at UWTSD in Carmarthen and Charlotte Heath is a student at Coleg Sir Gar.  Both competed in the ladies double event and succeeded in reaching the Group A final.

Swyn and Charlotte were racing against teams who had competed in this year’s Rio Olympics and and others with many years’ experience at international level.

With both being just eighteen years old, UWTSD is incredibly proud of their achievement.

“The School of Sport, Health & Outdoor Education is delighted with Swyn and Charlotte’s achievements, and in particular their representation as female role models in non-traditional sporting activities. Their success reinforces west Wales as a great venue for a diverse range of health promoting outdoor activities,” says Ceredig Emanuel, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education at UWTSD.

“Over the last 6 months Swyn and Charlotte received intensive training and guidance from Dr Alun Stedman at Towy Boat Club which enabled them to achieve national and international standard in a short period of time – a true testament to their dedication and ambition. Their success also strengthens the ties between the University and Towy Boat club,” he adds.

"We were in complete shock when we found out that we had been chosen to represent both Wales and Great Britain in the World Championships, especially since we had only been training together for four months,” says Swyn.

“It was an incredible experience which we never dreamed of happening to us, and we hope to take our success and hard work into next year's World Championships in Geneva."

Swyn and Charlotte have shown significant dedication and achieved success early on in their rowing careers.  They are both now training to compete on Lake Geneva next year.

Further Information

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476