Excitement builds ahead of UWTSD Swansea Triathlon in SA1 on May 28

19.05.2017

Excitement is building ahead of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea Triathlon, on May 28, with 30 members of staff and students in training for the event, which gets under way at our SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

Triathlon Team shot

UWTSD is once again the main sponsor of the event, which is organised by Activity Wales Events. University staff and students from the Schools of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education and Tourism and Hospitality will be taking part, volunteering and providing activities at the triathlon, alongside 1,000 competitors.

The Swansea Triathlon has presented a fantastic opportunity for UWTSD students to gain real-life work experience of working with clients striving to achieve a goal. Members of staff who expressed a desire to enter the triathlon were allocated a student Personal Trainer from the Schools of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education, who designed and delivered an eight-week training programme to prepare the client for the triathlon. The students have been so engaged by the challenge that a number have opted to attempt the triathlon alongside their clients, in order to share in the experience.

UWTSD Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Geraint Forster said: “The new portfolio of BSc Sport and Exercise Science courses being offered at the Carmarthen campus have been designed to provide as many opportunities as possible to link theory with practice in order to prepare students for the world of work.’

Jacqui Jones, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer - Leisure, Events Tourism and Travel Management at UWTSD’s Swansea’s School of Tourism and Hospitality added: “Our Events Management and International Hotel Management students will be running the VIP provision at the event. The students will be meeting and greeting invited guests, informing them about the event as well as running the hospitality facilities. Working in partnership with Marriott Hotels, the students already have events and hospitality experience and skills so this is an excellent opportunity for them to further develop their skills set.”

UWTSD Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “We are delighted once again to be the main sponsor of the Swansea Triathlon. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a major new sporting event in the heart of the city centre where we are developing our SA1 Swansea Waterfront development – to create a learning-centred neighbourhood for the University and for our academic, business and cultural partners.

“The University is keen to act as an engine for growth and prosperity across the region aiming to attract through its activities at SA1, both inward investment and collaboration with commercial enterprise and creative industry partners.”

Scott Powell, Activity Wales Events Race Director said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to bring this event to Swansea for the second year running. The partnership creates a vast number of opportunities for students from a range of disciplines to get involved, and gives them first-hand experience in the fields which they're training.

“We have TV coverage confirmed for the event, meaning both the University and Swansea will get global exposure, and help to bring greater numbers to the city across the board.

It's an exciting partnership to be involved with."

The University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.  

The innovative development will include purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social and recreational spaces for use by the University and wider community in the heart of the city centre.  

New enterprise hubs will be created together with high skill accelerator schemes, to grow new businesses linked to the universities portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.

The development will also provide a base for the £6.5million Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC), a unique CITB funded all-Wales training centre with its hub forming part of SA1 Swansea Waterfront.

 

Further Information

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