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Aug. 1, 2022

Record number of Swansea University students to compete in Commonwealth Games

Swansea UniversitySeven current Swansea University students and two graduates are competing at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The event will see a total of 54 countries and 18 territories compete in the international multi-sport event between the 28th July and 8th August 2022.

From Swansea University, the swimmers selected to represent Team Wales include:

  • Lewis Fraser
  • Rebecca Sutton
  • Liam White
  • Medi Harris
  • Joseph Small

Psychology graduate and Commonwealth champion, Alys Thomas, will also represent Team Wales in the pool. Alys gained a gold medal and the 200m Butterfly Commonwealth games record in 2018 and later went on to represent Team GB in the 200m butterfly final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Students Panayiotis Panaretos and Sofoklis Mouglis have also been selected to represent Team Cyprus in the swimming events. They will compete in the 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, respectively.

Hockey player and economics graduate Jacob Draper will make his Commonwealth Games debut for Team Wales in Birmingham 2022, a year after competing at Tokyo 2020.

Swansea University’s Performance Sport Manager, Imelda Phillips, comments, “We are delighted to be congratulating and supporting seven of our current swimmers at Swansea University on their recent selection to represent their country at the Commonwealth Games.”

She continues, “This is the highest number of athletes that we have had selected for a major championship from our high-performance swimming program and it is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our student athletes, and the excellent work provided by our coaches, support staff, and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme dual career program. We wish all of them every success at this summer’s Games, at what is an exciting chapter for sport at Swansea University!”

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Students pictured clockwise from top left: Rebecca Sutton, Medi Harris, Joseph Small, Lewis Fraser, Alys Thomas, Jacob Draper, Panayiotis Panaretos, Sofoklis Mouglis and Liam White.

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Content added on 1st August 2022. 

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