Osian Pryce tested the Escort Mk2 he’ll drive on tomorrow’s North Wales Rally Services-sponsored Rally North Wales at the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex near Llangurig today – 11 years since he last drove one on his 14th birthday! The Machynlleth-born driver has always wanted to compete in one of the iconic historic Escorts, but the Sport Wales-supported driver’s career took him up a more modern route – climbing the ranks in cars like a Renault Clio, Fiesta R2, Citroën DS3 R3 and most recently a Ford Fiesta R5 in the British and World Rally Championships. The 25-year old did the opening round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship, the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally, as part of his test and development duties with Spencer Sport, scoring maximum points in a Mitsubishi Mirage R5. And despite starting as number one seed on Rally North Wales, his re-appearance in the series is purely for fun – and to fulfil a dream of rallying an Escort Mk2 that he’s had parked for all of his adult life!
Dan Salmon already has golden memories of the Gold Coast after winning the World Youth Championships at Broadreach Bowls Club last year. Now, the 23-year-old painter and decorator from Cardiff wants to add to his title success down under by adding a Commonwealth Games gong to his mounting collection when he competes in the Singles and pairs next month. Groomed for stardom from the age of 15, when he became the youngest player to represent Wales indoors, he also picked up a silver medal at the open Pairs competition at the World Indoor Bowls Championship with Damian Doubler last year.
Wales are on their way home from China, having handed out a few lessons to the country considered to be the birthplace of an ancient form of football. This summer VAR technology will be used at the World Cup – a technological progress for the grand old game that Spencer Buchan believes will only continue. Brits have long been celebrated as the inventors of modern day football, although some would argue that its origins can be traced as far back as ancient China. Regardless, it’s fair to say that football has travelled bounds ever since the early days of a ball and a group of players on a field. All these changes will be showcased in full force at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. At this year’s World Cup, we will be able to record games from all angles with high-powered cameras, use goal-line technology to make key decisions, notice the peak of footballer’s athletic development and focus and introduce VAR for the first time ever on an international stage.
Glamorgan’s Andrew Salter says that spending the winter in New Zealand, as part of the ECB’s overseas placement programme, has allowed him to better understand his bowling ahead of the start of the new domestic season. Based in Wellington, the Pembrokeshire-born off-spinner was one of two domestic spinners, along with Hampshire’s Brad Taylor, who were selected to hone their skills under the watchful eye of former New Zealand and current Warwickshire off-spinner, Jeetan Patel. Salter says he was “delighted” after being approached by the ECB’s lead spin-bowling coach, Peter Such, offering him the chance to be based at the Wellington Firebirds over the winter, playing club cricket for Johnsonville alongside “legendary” club cricketer and Kiwi international Luke Woodcock.
The last time Laura Daniels competed Down Under she was crowned world champion, so the Skewen bowler is hoping it will be very much a happy return trip for next month’s Commonwealth Games. The 32-year-old accountant is making a habit of winning major titles and she wants to crown her Team Wales debut by bringing home the first Welsh women’s bowls gold medal since the fours triumphed in Edinburgh in 1986. Given her pedigree she certainly won’t be looking to make up the numbers on the Gold Coast having won the prestigious women’s World Singles Champion of Champions title in Sydney in November. She also won the 2016 World Pairs gold medal with Jess Sims in New Zealand and was also crowned the 2015 World Indoor Bowls singles champion.
Gareth Bale has always been adored by Wales fans but his global appeal was once again in evidence as the Real Madrid superstar became his country’s record goalscorer in a 6-0 thrashing of China. Bale’s first international hat-trick saw him move past Ian Rush and on to 29 goals as he got Ryan Giggs’ tenure as Chris Coleman’s successor off to the perfect start in Nanning. It meant there was only one man on the lips of the 36,533-strong Guangxi Sports Centre crowd. At the full-time whistle, Bale cradled the match ball and walked along the touchline with Wales’ hardy travelling support and thousands of fervent Chinese supporters standing in appreciation to applaud the 28-year-old’s spectacular individual display.
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