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29 Aug 2007

Newport’s James Ball began the gold rush with a strong display in the male 100 metres ambulant sprint, winning in a personal best time of 12.54 seconds.

Meanwhile Chepstow’s 16 year-old Jenny McLoughlin clinched gold in the female 100 metres ambulant sprint crossing home in 12.54 seconds, just 0.1 seconds outside of her personal best time.

Welsh debutant Rebecca Chin, of Deganwy, Llandudno, powered her way to gold in the shot putt, with a personal best of 8.80 metres. The 15 year-old discovered she was to compete under the T43 classification only 24 hours before competition.

Seasoned thrower, Sam Scott, who lives in Newport, Shropshire, continued the Welsh dominance in the male seated discus, throwing 29.12 metres, only 0.9 metres shy of the U17 World Record.

His female counterpart, 16 year-old Tyler Thomson of Caerphilly, finished with an impressive personal best of 11.16 metres on her last throw, to snatch gold.

It was down to Bridgend’s Aled-Sion Davies to maintain the tempo into Sunday’s competition, where he snatched gold in the ambulant shot putt to break the U20 World Record.

Abergavenny’s 16 year-old Daniel Lucker also did not fail to impress GB officials, with a personal best in the male 200 metres wheelchair sprint heat which saw him through to a gold medal in the afternoon final.

12 year-old Amy-Claire Davies from Llansamlet, Swansea, was the only Welsh disabled contender in the pool at the showcase event. As one of the youngest competitors of the entire event, she completed her ambitious target of three personal best swims from three events, finishing 4th in the 50 metres freestyle and 5th in the 100 metres backstroke and 100m freestyle.

The Disability Sport Wales Young Talent Academy, supported by Ace Feet in Motion, is designed to ensure that young Welsh disability athletes showing medal potential are provided with the essential starting blocks to progress in their sport from a young age.

The UK School Games – which made its debut in Glasgow only last year - featured eight different sports at five venues in the West Midlands city.

They gave been introduced to help prepare Great Britain’s young athletes for the London 2012 Games and aims to duplicate the experience of major competition by following an Olympic-style format.

For the first time in the event’s history, Channel 4 will broadcast two, one-hour UK School Games programmes from 8.00am to 9.00am on Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd September.