Ospreys Rugby Chairman, Roger Blyth, has been awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University.
Mr Blyth was presented with the MSc (Master of Science) award today, at Swansea University’s Great Hall, by Professor Iwan Davies, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University during the degree ceremony for the College of Arts and Humanities.
Capped four times by Wales, Roger played for Swansea RFC over an incredible 21 year period and in close to 400 games between 1968 and 1989, becoming the club’s second highest all-time points scorer with 2374 points – a status he still holds today.
After retiring from playing, he was a director of industrial safety wear company W A Blyth Ltd among other international business interests. Having served as a director with Swansea RFC following his retirement from playing, he was influential in the formation of the Ospreys in 2003, serving the region as Joint Chief Executive and Managing Director, before being appointed Chairman in 2013.
He has helped guide the region through a period of change to a more sustainable structure by working on the development of world class youth and development from within of staff and coaches. He was also a driving force in working with the city to build the Liberty Stadium.
On receiving his award, Mr Blyth said:
“I am naturally extremely honoured to be receiving an Honorary Degree from Swansea University. Sport has always played a big part in my life and especially sport in Swansea, which I regard as the capital city for sport in Wales. Over the years Swansea University has contributed greatly to the sporting success of the city and given that enhanced sporting facilities are an integral part of the University's impressive growth plans I would be pleased to assist in any way possible to help them achieve their sporting objectives.”
Professor Iwan Davies said: “Roger Blyth is part of the fabric of Welsh rugby. He has served rugby in this region with distinction for more than four decades.
“There are few that have made such a momentous contribution to sport in the region. Roger Blyth is one of those few, and he is entirely deserving of this award.”