Welsh rowers Swyn Williams and Alison Morris have won a bronze medal at the British Offshore Rowing Championships at Sandbanks Beach in Dorset.
They will join their Welsh team-mates, who meet at Towy Boat Club in Llanstephan for their squad training, to compete as part of the British team in the world championships in Canada in October.
For Swyn, the success comes at the end of her second year as a BA Physical Education student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She said:
“It’s a great feeling to be going to the World Championships again. Last time I went it was such a blur! But we’ve definitely worked for it, and these next few months of training won’t be any different – if anything they’ll be more intense, as we know what we need to improve on, and we know that the competition will be tougher than before. But it’s all completely worth it – competing at such a level in a sport that I’m so passionate about, and love so much is so indescribably exciting that I can’t wait to do it all over again.”
Dylan Blain, Programme Director for BA Physical Education, said:
“Swyn is an exceptional role model for other students by putting equal effort and commitment to her academic studies and she has the potential to become an excellent teacher.”
This is the latest in a list of achievements by Swyn who competed in the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monte Carlo in 2016 at the age of just 18 against competitors who had recently competed in the Rio Olympics.
The race was a land-to-sea challenge that required competitors to make their way from the beach to the starting line before they completed the 6km course. To finish, crews rowed back onto the shore, with one nominated member of the crew jumping out of the boat to run across the finish line on the beach. The competition was organised by British Rowing, the governing body for the sport of rowing, including indoor rowing and rowing on water.
Swyn has just completed her second year BA Physical Education at UWTSD. Her studies are supported by a scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol as she is completing her course bilingually. The Physical Education degree has a fundamental focus on learning and teaching issues with many of the modules having ‘hands on’ teaching experiences with children. Issues of inclusion, entitlement and differentiation are embedded in many of the modules, and several assessments require students to plan and evaluate their own and other’s teaching
The current health and outdoor adventure activities focus of physical education is strongly represented in the overall content of the degree. This degree is the only one of its kind within the region and is distinctive from sport science or sports studies degrees through a main focus on presenting students with inclusive learning and teaching strategies in order to be able to provide positive experiences for young people in physical education.