Rhondda athlete Carol Bridge will be fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition when she takes part in the Commonwealth Games this month.
Carol, 29, of Llwynypia, who is a member of Rhondda Triathlon Club, will compete in the triathlon – swimming, running and cycling as part of Team Wales in Glasgow 2014.
The recently-qualified nurse was called up for the squad to replace triathlete Non Stanford, who was unfortunately injured.
A former pupil at Porth County School, Carol took part in cross country running at school and went to swimming club. The school encouraged her and she was given opportunities to take part in cross country events.
She studied at Loughborough, where she trained with the British Triathlon Squad and later went to train in France. Carol, who is busy preparing for the Games, said: “I am getting a bit nervous but I have thought about it all my life and have wanted to go somewhere like this.
“I would like to thank Ride Bike Wales of Talbot Green, who have given me a beautiful bike to race on in Glasgow.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Ann Crimmings, said: “Carol, who won the Rhondda Fun Run last summer, is now going on to represent her country in the Commonwealth Games and I would like to wish her well.
“I hope Carol’s story will inspire people to take up sport or increase the amount of physical activity they do.
“Triathlon events demand an incredible amount of commitment and endurance and if this is the sport for you our Sport RCT team can point you in the right direction. If, however, you just want to get fitter and healthier then our leisure centres provide the perfect opportunity for you to do so with a range of facilities and classes to suit the needs of everyone.”
To find out more please visit the Leisure and Sport RCT pages