Rhondda Cynon Taf athletes Rhys Jones, Carys Parry and Joe Thomas are on their marks to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games this week.
Rhondda-born Rhys, aged 20, competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He began his amazing Paralympic journey with the help of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Sport RCT team.
Having been bitten by the sporting bug at a very young age, Rhys gained his confidence by joining the RCT Tigers Disabled Football Club, founded by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. His outstanding football performances encouraged him to then turn his talent to badminton, where he represented Wales and secured awards before making tracks into athletics
.Rhys competed in 100m and 200m at the 2012 Paralympic Games and was one of the 48-strong team selected to represent Great Britain at the IPC Athletics World Championships in 2013.
“I am over the moon about my Commonwealth Games selection. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said.
Church Village-born hammer thrower Carys - whose 33rd birthday is on July 24 - finished sixth at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with a personal best throw of 61.80metres. She is currently the Welsh record holder. Her greatest sporting achievement to date is winning silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Middle distance runner Joe, aged 26, has competed at Welsh, British, European and World level and reached the 800m final at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Ann Crimmings, said: “I would like to wish Carys, Rhys and Joe all the best in the forthcoming Games.
“The benefits of having a healthy and active lifestyle are well documented and Carys, Rhys and Joe, along with all the other Commonwealth Games competitors from Rhondda Cynon Taf, will hopefully inspire more of our residents to get fit and healthy over the coming weeks and months. The Council offers a range of facilities and activities at each of our leisure centres to suit the needs of everyone regardless of age or ability.”
To find out more please visit our Leisure and Sport RCT pages.