Pembrokeshire Born Jasmine Joyce At The Olympics – Bluestone Blog

By Eirian Price Jasmine Team GB

Jasmine Joyce, born and bred in St. Davids, the smallest City in the UK and a real jewel in Pembrokeshire crown, is currently in Brazil, preparing to be part of Team GB for the women’s 7’s rugby team!

Jasmine, 20 is the only Welsh woman in the 12-strong squad that’s out in Brazil, she lines up with 11 English players.

She started playing rugby as a junior for St. Davids RFC and as she grew older, started playing school rugby at Ysgol Dewi Sant in St. Davids as well as playing for Haverfordwest RFC.

Rugby wasn’t her only forte; she was also Pembrokeshire Schools 200 metre champion and loved all sports including netball and hockey.

Jasmine Team GB 

Check out Jasmine scoring trys in a warm up tournament.

Speaking to Jasmine, before she flew out, she said:

"I can’t wait to get on that plane and actually be going to Rio, it doesn’t feel real! I have grown so much as a player in the last 12 months. I’m not even capped for Wales at 15-a-side level and have only three or four caps for Sevens and look where I am now.

At the start of my journey for Wales about four years ago I almost thought I couldn’t do it. I was studying for my A-Levels and I had to travel two and a half hours, twice a week, from Pembrokeshire to train in the Vale of Glamorgan for an hour. It was such hard work and there was a part of me at that stage of my life wondering whether I could do it or not. As well as being a Welsh rugby player, you need to study and get your grades as well. I carried on, gave it my all and it paid off and it really does prove that anything can happen if you want it enough! I have loved every part of the journey and just going to the Olympics is amazing. I can’t believe it.”

Jasmine in Rio 

The women’s sevens tournament in Brazil will be held over three days between the 6th and the 8th of August, Team GB’s first game is the day after the official Olympics opening ceremony in Rio, so Jasmine and team mates will miss the opening ceremony as they’ll be focussed of the upcoming games!

Fixtures:

Saturday, August 6:

Brazil (12pm local/ 4pm BST)

Japan (5pm local / 9pm BST)

Sunday, August 7:

Canada (12.30pm/4.30pm BST),

Quarter Final and placing (4-6.30pm / 8-10.30pm BST)

Monday, August 8:

Semi Final and placing (12.30-3pm/4.30-4pm BST)

Finals and placing (5.30pm-7pm/9.30pm-11pm).

Jasmine after being selected.

“I am looking forward to experiencing the Olympics Games atmosphere and just being in the Village, I can’t wait to be just walking past people like Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt, it’s going to be amazing. I’ll also be supporting all of the other Team GB members and can’t wait to see as many other events as I can and take as much of it in.

Jasmine has been in Brazil for a few days at Team GB’s training camp and in the last few days has arrived in the Olympic Village in Rio. We were lucky enough to catch up with Jasmine briefly and we asked her how she was getting on. Jasmine said:

“We’ve done a fair bit of travelling, it was nice to get acclimatised, lace up our boots and get out on that pitch to do what we love doing best! We’re in a great place mentally and as a team, we’re confident in our ability, not only for each other but for Team GB and everyone who’s supporting us back home. My Mum, Dad and Granddad are on route to Brazil and it will be nice to see them but the most important thing is that first game on Saturday!”

Jasmine Team GB 

We asked Jasmine if she could give one piece of advice to young sports people, what would it be:

“Play sport because you love it, give it all you have and practice, practice, practice but most importantly you need to enjoy what you’re doing. There are so many different types of sports, if you don’t like one, try another, it’s a great way to make friends, keep fit and as I said enjoy yourself.”

We 100% agree Jasmine! Your hard work and determination is a real credit to you and your family. From everyone here at Bluestone we would like to wish Jasmine, and the whole of TEAM GB all of the best in the upcoming Olympics!

We’ll keep you all updated on how Jasmine and the women’s rugby 7’s get on!

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