International Cardiff Met student Sofia Papadopoulou had cause for celebration by making two individual finals representing Team Cyprus.
With the majority of Cardiff Met students finishing off exams and thinking about leaving university for the summer, it’s not normally the time to start picking up training. However, this was the case for Sofia who was selected to represent Cyprus at the Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino.
The games, running from 29th May to 3rd June involves nine European countries competing in over 14 sports in an olympic style competition. Luxembourg were the most successful team with a total of 98 medals (Gold 38/ Silver 36/ Bronze 24) with Sofias’ Cyprus team finishing second with a total of 84 medals (Gold 30/ Silver 35/ Bronze 19). With olympic finalists competing in most disciplines, competition in each sport was tough.
Sofias’ target before the competition began was to make individual finals for the 100m and 200m Backstroke. Sofia managed this coming 7th in the 100m Backstroke final (1:08.34) and a fantastic 5th place in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:28.23.
Sofia has also had success competing in the Cardiff Met swim team this academic year making a B final in the individual 50m Backstroke at BUCS short course, various A and B finals in relays as well as helping the team finish 5th at BUCS team championships.
Dave Tonge Cardiff Met Swimming Performance Director: “Sofia has done a fantastic job representing Cyprus and Cardiff Met at San Marino. Being able to fit in hard training whilst studying for third years exams show how much hard work she has put it”.
Sofia: “It was extremely hard fitting in training with my studies but well worth it. I was happy with my times especially coming 5th in the 200 backstroke”.
With Sofia starting an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science in September there is hope for more success of the next few years.