Kevin Egan won Gold at the Special Olympics GB National Games
Two Rhondda Cynon Taf athletes have returned home from the Special Olympics GB National Games with medals, beating 1,700 other competitors from around the country.
Kevin Egan, of Abercynon, won Gold and Andrew Davies, of Mountain Ash, won Bronze. Both badminton players are employed by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The Special Olympics GB National Games were held in Bath, bringing together athletes with learning disabilities from across the UK to take part a dozen sporting disciplines.
The opening ceremony took place in front of the Royal Crescent, and set the standard for the three amazing days of action which followed.
Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “I am delighted that both Andrew and Kevin have well and truly flown the flag for Rhondda Cynon Taf at the Special Olympics GB National Games.
“Both are great ambassadors for the County Borough and both have gone on to achieve so much in their chosen fields during very successful sporting careers. We are so proud of them both and congratulate them on their amazing success in Bath.”
Andrew, who works at the Michael Sobell Sports Centre in Aberdare, is a multi medal-winning sportsman, is a regular competitor in the Nos Galan Road Races in Mountain Ash every New Year’s Eve. He was also the 1994 support runner with Mystery Runner, boxer Steve Robinson, in 1994.
Kevin, who works at Abercynon Sports Centre, was inaugurated into Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Sports Hall of Fame at the Michael Sobell Sports Centre in Aberdare in 2012.
He has also won countless medals and trophies during his amazing career, but his crowning moment was representing Great Britain at the 2010 European Games, held in Warsaw, Poland.
Kevin won the first Gold medal for Great Britain in his singles category and also a Silver medal in the Men’s doubles with his partner David Adie, from Scotland. He has since represented Wales and Great Britain on many occasions.
The Special Olympics GB National Games, started in 1978 and held every four years, supports 8,000 of the UK’s estimated 1.2 million people with learning disabilities.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Leisure Services has a dedicated Sport RCT Team to help you get involved in all types of sporting activities. Regardless of age, interest or ability, the team can help you find a sport or activity that is perfect for you.
Simply make contact and tell them where you live and what you are interested in - and they can do the rest by making recommendations for clubs and classes, finding your nearest team and supporting you to get involved.
For further details on disability sports opportunities in Rhondda Cynon Taf call Shelly Jones on 01443 490242 or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/sportrct