Two young swimmers from Rhondda Cynon Taf will represent Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games this month. Danielle Stirrat, aged 21, of Llanhari and Chloe Tutton, aged 17, of the Rhondda are members of the Welsh swimming squad competing in Glasgow 2014.
Danielle, a former pupil at Y Pant School, Talbot Green, started swimming at the age of seven with the Llantrisant Sharks swimming club, based at Llantrsant Leisure Centre. At the age of 13, she joined the City of Cardiff Swimming Club.
She is currently studying at the Louisiana State University in the USA, where she is the top backstroke and freestyle competitor. Glasgow 2014 will be her second Commonwealth Games appearance, as she competed in Dehli four years ago.
“My family are so excited about my selection to the Games. My dad is from Scotland, so for him to come and see me compete in Glasgow is great,” said Danielle, who trains at Cardiff International Pool.
Chloe, aged 17, hails from the Rhondda and is a former pupil at Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer. She holds Welsh Junior records for the 50m and 100m freestyle, and both Junior and Senior records for the 200m Individual Medley. Chloe, who has been swimming since the age of four, is coached by former Olympian Dave Haller.
She was named Young Welsh Swimmer of the Year in 2012 in recognition of her talent, success and extraordinary dedication.
“I am very excited and proud to be representing Wales at the Games and am looking forward to the experience,” she said.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Ann Crimmings, said: “I would like to wish Danielle and Chloe well in Glasgow 2014.
“The Council is backing all the athletes from Rhondda Cynon Taf taking part in Glasgow 2014. Our Sport RCT team are on hand to support any residents who are inspired by the Commonwealth Games or the athletes' stories to get involved in the many sport and physical activity opportunities we have on offer in the county borough.”
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