24 Aug 2006

Welsh Junior Athletes with a Disability showed why 2012 is fast becoming Britain’s most promising number when they took to the IWAS World Junior Athletics Championships, amassing an impressive twelve out of eighteen GB medals.

Of the five Welsh athletes who formed part of the GB team in Dublin, all came home clutching medals, with four gold, two silver, six bronze and a new world record to enrich Welsh Disability Sport’s burgeoning portfolio.

Such outstanding performances are testimony to the excitement currently spreading among the ranks of Welsh disability sport, from junior to elite level, as Britain looks towards the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Gareth John, chairman of Disability Sport Wales (DSW) expressed the importance of the Championships as a benchmark for developing athletes:

"I am particularly delighted with the success of our junior athletes. These results are a culmination of an incredible amount of hard work from both athletes and coaches."

"Their performances demonstrate the commitment of the athletes and the progress that has been made over recent years in the development of our junior squad.

"It is especially pleasing to chart the progress of these athletes as they head towards London 2012 which has to be their major goal."

Credit was also paid to the professionalism and organisation of Welsh Disability Sport. The Federation for Disability Sport Wales (FSDW) was invited by the British Wheelchair Sports Federation to manage the GB squad.

DSW Chairman, Gareth John, added:

"Disability Sport Wales was please to make a positive contribution to the overall management and leadership of the British athletes and I pay tribute to the staff who led the trip."