A father of two from Miskin will represent Wales in Lawn Bowls at the Commonwealth Games in July.
Mark Harding, aged 42, will be one of the five-man Lawn Bowls team taking part in the Games, to be held in Glasgow. He will be leading in the pairs and fours with current Commonwealth singles champion Robert Weale from Hereford.
Mark began playing Lawn Bowls around 20 years ago. He decided to take up the sport after breaking his leg while playing football.
Mark, who works in the Finance department at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, plays competitively for Penylan Lawn Bowls Club.
He is an active member of Llantrisant Lawn Bowls Club and has won three Welsh indoor tournaments and a number of open tournaments.
Father to Lucy, aged eight and Jack, aged 11, Mark said: “Being selected for the Games is the pinnacle of my career.
“It is with great pride and honour that I will go to play in Glasgow representing Wales, and I will hopefully come home with some medals for my country, my family and friends.”
As well as dedicating time to playing Lawn Bowls, Mark is a keen football fan – he and his son are Swansea City season ticket holders.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Ann Crimmings, said: “Mark’s selection just goes to show the diverse range of sporting talent there is in Rhondda Cynon Taf. My congratulations go to him and all the other Rhondda Cynon Taf residents on their selection for the Commonwealth Games.
“I am hopeful that many other residents will be inspired by Mark’s story to take up a new sport and if so our dedicated Sport RCT team are there to help.”
Whether you want to take up lawn bowls like Mark; get into football or try any other sport, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Leisure Services Sport RCT Team can help.
The team can help you find a sport or activity that is perfect for you all year round, by making recommendations for clubs and classes, finding your nearest team and supporting you to get involved.
Sport RCT is dedicated to getting the whole population of the county borough more healthy and active and organises local sporting opportunities for individuals, families and clubs.
To find out more please visit the Sport RCT web pages.