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28 July 2014
Biomedical Science student Natalie Powell has won Wales’ first gold medal in Judo at the Commonwealth Games.
Natalie, an undergraduate student at the Cardiff School of Biosciences, beat Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons in the final on Saturday (26th July) in the under 78kg category.
Natalie is a member of the University’s ‘High Performance Programme’ (HPP) which aims to provide structured support to students enabling them to excel in both their academic and sporting careers whilst raising the profile and standard of sport at the University.
Paul Jones, Performance Sport Officer for Cardiff University Sport, said: "All of us in the team would like to congratulate Natalie on what is a fantastic and well deserved achievement.
"Natalie has been part of our High Performance Programme throughout her time here and it is no surprise for us to see her perform so well and win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She has made many sacrifices to balance the life of a full-time world class athlete and that of an academic student and should be credited for the way she has handled herself and performed throughout.
"Hopefully this is now the start of a two year cycle to the Rio 2016 Olympics and we’ll continue to support her as best we can to achieve the next goal. We also hope that Natalie and the seven other Cardiff University students who are competing in the Commonwealth Games will help to inspire and motivate other students to achieve within their sport as well as putting the University up there with the best performance sport Higher Education institutions in the UK."
Dr Helen Jones, Natalie’s personal tutor at the School of Biosciences, said: "I am delighted at Natalie's success. She has worked hard to balance her studies with her Judo training and competitions, and her fantastic achievement is well deserved."
This year a record 75 students competing across 30 sports were supported by the University’s HPP. The programme provides a strong network of support services and access to newly developed facilities for its members which together deliver an excellent training environment for those involved.
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Image caption: Natalie Powell celebrates winning her gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Credit: Press Association Images
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