STUDENT Chris Jones showed the strength of his ambition to work with rugby’s elite after achieving a first class degree.
Chris, 21, from Southsea, was elated as he graduated with a sports science degree at Swansea University.
Watching proudly on were his dad Mark and his mum and sister, both called Helen, at a ceremony held in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.
And hard-working Chris has not rested on his laurels after completing his BSc last month.
He has already started his postgraduate master’s degree at the university – taking a step closer to realising his ambition of working in professional rugby union in strength and conditioning.
Chris has been interested in sport since a young age and this progressed during his school life at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville and St John’s College in Southsea.
Chris said: ‘I was initially attracted to study for my first degree at Swansea University as I am from Portsmouth, which is also a coastal city.
‘After attending an open day, I found there was a really good atmosphere on the campus and the sports science academic programme was equally attractive to me.’
Chris’ research, which will take a year to complete, involves investigating the effects of cold water immersion on the recovery of injured elite rugby players.
And after completing his master’s degree, Chris is considering undertaking a further postgraduate PhD degree.
He added: ‘I’ve made friends from all over the world, and enjoyed a good social life.
‘And I’m looking forward to the next phase as a postgraduate student, which I’m sure will be an equally rewarding experience.’