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Jake Heyward . . . Olympian And Fastest Kid In The Playground At Llanishen Fach Primary

Wales has already contributed to Great Britain’s early medal collection at the Olympic Games in Tokyo when Lauren Williams won a silver medal in taekwondo on Monday. For Williams, an Olympic medal was the realisation of a dream that began in her local club in Caerphilly, Devils Martial Arts Club. Graham Thomas looks at the Olympic roots of the Welsh competitors in Japan. All Olympic dreams start with a more local idea and for Jake Hayward it was wanting to be the fastest kid at Llanishen Fach Primary School. Twelve years on and Jake still wants to cross the line first.

British & Irish Lions Left Sweating On The Fitness Of Dan Biggar As Warren Gatland Names Team For Second Test

By Paul Jones British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, will be keeping his fingers crossed that the in-form Dan Biggar will pass the return-to-play protocols so he can retain his place in the starting line-up for the second test against South Africa on Saturday. The Wales fly-half suffered a knock to the head in the first test last week and will now be assessed by an independent concussion consultant in the coming days in order to be given the green light to return to action. In other Welsh news, Taulupe Faletau is added to the bench and will win his fifth Lions Test cap should he enter the fray.

Alys Thomas . . . From The Quirky School Kid With Wet Hair To First Time Welsh Olympian

The proverb that good things come to those who wait could have been written for Alys Thomas. On Tuesday lunchtime at the age of 30 – once considered veteran territory in the world of top class swimming – the Swansea-based swimmer will make her Olympic debut. When she steps into the arena in Tokyo, a lot of memories will float through the mind of the current Commonwealth Games 200m butterfly champion.

Wales' Silver Star Lauren Williams Admits: I Had A Mental Block . . . And It Cost Me Olympic Gold

Wales’ Lauren Williams added her name to Team GB’s Olympic taekwondo medal roll of honour in Tokyo on Monday but fell fractionally short in her attempt to strike gold. Twenty-four hours after team mate Bradly Sinden finished runner-up in the -68kg weight division, Welsh wonder Williams captured her own silver medal at -67kg. Like Sinden, too, the 22-year-old was within touching distance of becoming Olympic champion in a dramatic contest with Croatia’s number one seed, Matea Jelic.

From Cardiff Met To The Welsh Fire...Mark O'Leary Is Hoping For Success In The Hundred

By Tom Prosser “To be a Welshman working in Wales makes me the proudest man in the country,” those are the words of the Welsh Fire women’s head coach Mark O’Leary who is aiming for success in the new Hundred competition. O’Leary took the brave decision to leave Cardiff Met last year after a 20-year association with the university, he has since gone on to be the head coach of both Western Storm and the Welsh Fire women’s team.

Two Teenagers, Two Journeys To The Top . . . Adam Beard And Harrison Walsh Have Climbed The Mountain This Summer

As the song says, the road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where. Two former Ospreys teammates are at the peak of their respective sports this summer, but no-one could have predicted the road that took them there, as Owen Morgan reports. In May 2014 two promising rugby players from Swansea were amongst seven young hopefuls handed development contracts with the Ospreys. The two 18-year-olds were making their first steps towards their dreams of becoming professional sportsmen and representing their country at the highest international level in their sport. However, just a year later Adam Beard and Harrison Walsh - who had also played together for Swansea schoolboys - were to take very different paths towards their sporting dreams.

Swansea City Draw Up New Managerial Hit List . . . As John Terry Says Farewell To Aston Villa

Swansea City have turned their attention to new managerial targets – including former Chelsea assistant Jody Morris – after reportedly being snubbed by QPR’s John Eustace. The Swans are in a mess of their own making after parting company with former head coach Steve Cooper last week and revisiting links with Eustace, who was on their shortlist when Cooper was appointed two years ago. But despite interviewing the 41-year-old, Eustace has informed Swansea he is staying in west London.

Golfer Stephen Dodd Delighted To Win The Senior Open And Now Targets America

By Paul Jones Life really could begin at 55 for Welsh golfer Stephen Dodd who is eyeing a lucrative new career in the USA after winning his first senior major title. Cardiff-born Dodd - who lifted the Senior Open trophy at Sunningdale on Sunday - is considering cashing in on the highly profitable American seniors circuit after his breakthrough victory.  He had to hold off the challenge from several golfing greats to secure his maiden senior major title at the Senior Open presented by Rolex.

Devastated Jade Jones Admits Olympics Without Fans Proved One Fight She Failed To Overcome

Jade Jones has admitted she failed to adapt to an arena without fans after her dreams of a third successive Olympic gold medal were shattered at the first hurdle in Tokyo. The Welsh fighter had travelled to the Japanese capital seeking an unprecedented third gold medal in the sport following triumphs at London 2012 and Rio in 2016. But Jones’ nine-year unbeaten Olympic record ended with a 16-12 defeat to Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorian in the last 16 of the -57kg weight division.

Olympic Place Was So Near And Now It's Here For Wales' Joe Brier

Joe Brier will become an Olympic athlete after he replaced Matthew Hudson-Smith in the 4 x 400m relay squad in Tokyo. Welsh athlete and Swansea Harrier Brier – who had gone with the Great Britain squad as a travelling reserve – will now get to compete at the Games after European 400m champion Huson-Smith has pulled out of the Olympics on medical grounds. Team GB confirmed the 26-year-old had withdrawn, although it is not Covid-19 related.

Cardiff Blues

Dwayne Peel Reveals: I'm Sorry About Cardiff . . . It Wasn't Ideal, But There's Something About The Scarlets

Dwayne Peel has revealed how the opportunity to coach the Scarlets was too good to turn down and insists he is confident he can get the west Walians firing again. The former Wales scrum-half was recently appointed head coach of the Scarlets, having originally signed a contract to become backs... Read More

The Cardiff Blues Bow Out . . . With A Messy Farewell But Hope For A Tidy Future

Cardiff Blues ended their era as regional originals with Dai Young admitting to the same feeling their fans have often suffered in the past 18 years - frustration. Their last match of the season was also their final one under the identifiable banner as the Blues, a name they have... Read More

Cardiff Blues Go For Show Of Strength And Provide Good News For Wales On Josh Navidi

Cardiff Blues head coach Dai Young has named a strong team for their final match of the season against Zebre on Saturday – with a hint at the wealth of options he has at his disposal for the future. The Blues’ final match in the Rainbow Cup sees Tomos Williams... Read More

Josh Turnbull Hopes For Wales Recall . . . Three Years After His Last Cap And Seven Since His Big Call With Cardiff Blues

Josh Turnbull has revealed he turned down what would have been a lucrative deal to move to English club rugby in favour of trying to win more caps with Wales. The offer to join a side Turnbull refuses to name came when the 33-year-old forward swapped home region Scarlets for... Read More

Cardiff Blues' 'Rags' Plan Could Be Left In Tatters As Arms Park Row Rumbles On

Cardiff Blues have become embroiled in a row over their ambition to retain a strong link with Welsh Premiership side, Cardiff RFC. The Blues are turning back the clock this summer by ditching their appendage and re-branding themselves as simply, Cardiff Rugby. In a further attempt to emphasise their historical... Read More

Willis Halaholo Target For Pontypridd Attack Over "Strange Name"

Wales centre Willis Halaholo has found himself at the centre of yet another racism storm. Halaholo, who helped Wayne Pivac’s side win the 2021 Six Nations, qualified for Wales on residency after three years with Cardiff Blues. When he was first selected by his adopted country in November 2019, the... Read More
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