County's Special Olympians honoured
12:02pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A GROUP of young sportsmen and women were invited to attend a special reception at County Hall last week.
The eight young people represented Wales at the Special Olympic Summer Games in Bath, which took place from August 28 to September 1 and involved 1,700 athletes.
The event celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of people with learning disabilities.
To mark their achievements Pembrokeshire County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Arwyn Williams, invited them to a reception on Monday, September 23.
The youngsters included four swimmers, three gymnasts and one athlete.
Between them they came home with a haul of 18 medals, including five gold, seven silver and six bronze.
Congratulating them on their success, Deputy Leader Councillor Huw George, said: “We in Pembrokeshire are very proud of you.”
The four swimmers, who are all members of the Pembrokeshire Puffins Club, were Rhys Eynon from Llandissilio, who won gold in the 100 metre freestyle and bronze in the 4x100 relay.
Andrew Martin, also from Haverfordwest, won gold in the 50 metre front crawl and silver in the 25 metre front crawl.
Joe Andrews from Tenby, won gold in the 50 metre backstoke, gold in the 50 metre front crawl and bronze in the 4x100 relay, while Tenby’s Richard Young claimed bronze in the 50 metre back stroke.
The three gymnasts that were honoured are all members of the Pembrokeshire Special Needs Gymnastics Club.
Jemma Bowie-Hallam from Milford Haven, Emma Martin from Llandeloy and Victoria Walters from Tenby took part in a range of competitive disciplines at the Games.
Jemma won four silver medals, Emma won one gold, one silver and three bronze, while Victoria gained one fourth place and four fifth places.
The lone athlete, James Tyler from Milford Haven who trains with Pembrokeshire Harriers, won a silver medal in soft ball and achieved two personal bests in the 100 and 200 metres.
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