By Tom Prosser Welsh football star Jess Fishlock says “It’s Heart-breaking to see the abuse aimed at female footballers who are playing purely for their love of the game”- this has led to The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government joining forces to tackling online hate towards girls and women. “Trying to put someone down because of something they love, is not big, smart or funny,” explains Fishlock, who is Wales’ most capped footballer. “I always say that people should think about how the person receiving the abuse could be affected before sharing and I’m glad to have worked with my Cymru teammates and the FAW to further educate others on what is and isn’t acceptable online."
Meirion Evans had to admit that you can’t win them all, although it speaks volumes for his driving ability and competitive nature that he feels slightly disappointed to have finished second on a rally in Ireland – beaten only by a former Irish Tarmac rally champion.
By Carl Field Seven artistic gymnasts have been selected to represent Wales at the Northern Europeans in Cardiff next month. Men’s National Coach Peter Haysham has named a full team of six – up from five when the event was last held in 2019 – and includes four of the team who won a silver medal in Iceland two years ago. Emil Barber (Swansea Gymnastics Centre), Brinn Bevan (South Essex), Joe Cemlyn-Jones (City of Birmingham) and Jacob Edwards (Olympus) return as they bid to go one better by grabbing team gold on home soil.
Olympic 1500m finalist Jake Heyward has been speaking about his Tokyo Games experience whilst on a visit back to his home city of Cardiff. Now based in Oregon, Hayward was an interested spectator at the Cardiff Cross Challenge held at Llandaff Fields, where he has twice won the under-20 title.
By Owen Morgan The Cardiff Cross Challenge lived up to its new status as a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold standard event with thrilling finishes in top quality senior men's and women's races. Charlotte Arter retained her title ahead of Cardiff team-mate Jenny Nesbitt, while Derby's Hugo Milner produced a blistering time to win the men's race. The sun came out to celebrate the event's elevation to global standard and training partners Arter and Nesbitt rose to the occasion in the most un-cross country-like warm conditions.
By Steffan Thomas Wayne Pivac believes more exiles will follow Thomas Young’s lead and return to Welsh rugby. Despite having only three test caps to his name Wasps back-row star Young was named in the Wales squad for this autumn's tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji, and Australia after signing a contract to join Cardiff Rugby next season. And Pivac is confident the likes of Leicester’s Tommy Reffell, Bristol’s Callum Sheedy, Bath’s Taulupe Faletau, and Gloucester’s Louis Rees-Zammit will eventually join a Welsh region in the near future.
Lorcan Williams, who hails from West Wales, had four rides for legendary trainer Paul Nicholls at Fontwell and won on three of them (writes Brian Lee). After finishing a length runner-up on the top weighted Tomorrow Mystery to Magical Thomas in the opening Handicap Hurdle, the former point-to-point rider won the... Read More
Wales' David Prichard, aged 27, came in for plenty of praise at Taunton. He landed the PontisPool Equine Sports Centre Maiden Hunters' Chase on Claire Hitch's 10-year-old Im All Set, denying favourite Harriet Waight's CoCo Live of a five-timer. David, assistant trainer to South Molton's Kayley Woolacott and a 3lb claiming rider,... Read More
Welsh trainers Peter Bowen and Evan Williams both saddled winners (writes Brian Lee). Bowen's eight-year-old Cougar's Gold won the Sky Bet Extra Places Handicap Chase at Doncaster when coming home one-and-a-half lengths from the top weighted Mahlermade. And at Uttoxeter, Williams' bottom-weighted Skewiff had three lengths to spare over the top-weighted Graceful Legend... Read More
Ffos Las racecourse in West Wales have their annual Countryside jump racing day this Sunday (November 11). The going for Sunday is soft (heavy in places) following 30mm rain on Wednesday, 6mm Thursday. Friday is cloudy with 10-15mm rain forecast. Heavy showers on Saturday, while Sunday is brighter. There are seven races, the... Read More
dai-sport’s horse racing column - by Brian Lee Garo De Juilley won the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow for jockey Paddy Brennan and trainer Sophie Leech, who is based only 20 miles away in Gloucestershire. The winner had been bought out of Paul Nicholls’s stable for just £8,000 in May. Ireland’s Point of... Read More
dai-sport’s horse racing column - by Brian Lee Welshman Simon Rowlands has been appointed general manager at the Ffos Las racecourse near Llanelli. Rowlands, from Bargoed, moves from the Chepstow course to Ffos Las and will take up the reins for his new role in November. Both Welsh courses are owned by the... Read More