Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification encourages team work

Learners from Coleg y Cymoedd’s Ystrad Mynach campus took gold and bronze in a variety of sports at the British College Championships at Bath University.

The teams competed in the UK finals, representing Wales in sports competitions including mixed Tennis, Trampolining and Table Tennis. Learners put their months of practice to the test in the weekend long competition against college teams from across England, Ireland and Scotland.

First year learner Dan Wood who is studying BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport at Coleg y Cymoedd showed his poise and control to become the clear overall individual winner and claim the gold medal in the trampoline competition.

The team Trampolining competition showed what a tight knit team Dan and three learners were as they went on to also claim bronze position for team Wales with less team members than their opponents.

Returning bronze medallist Alexandra Evans faced tough competition in the table tennis against specialist academies. Despite an early knockback she showed her ability to bounce back to win her final game and claim her second bronze medal in two years.

Learners Natasha Lewis, Nathan Jenkins, Kim Williams and Mary-Ann Lewis took part in the mixed and female doubles. Although new to the sport both teams battled against much more experienced opposition in a round robin tournament to finish 10th overall in the UK.

Lecturer Mark Davies Said “This is a fantastic achievement; the learners did a fantastic job in the British College Championships. I would like to thank all staff and learners for their hard work and time throughout the weekend”.

Learner Dan Wood said “It was a fantastic achievement to make it to the British College Championships and to represent Wales in a UK wide competition, but to walk away with medals was unbelievable”.

There was sporting success for college staff too, lecturer Gemma Hallett from the Ystrad Mynach campus also found success with the Welsh College Women Rugby 7’s team who again claimed gold for team Wales.

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