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Croft strikes Gold in Bulgaria

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CRYMYCH’S Garan Croft extended his winning streak to 19 contests en route to striking gold in the 64kg division at the Emil Jechev tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the weekend.

The rangy 17-year-old – whose ring exploits tended to be overshadowed by those of his twin brother Ioan earlier in his career – was at his brilliant best as an inspired Wales team also captured three bronze medals and a silver.

Southpaw Ioan had to settle for bronze at 60kg having seemed unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a split decision against Meccado, of the USA, in the semi-finals.

There was no stopping Garan, however. Having outpointed Sabadash, of Ukraine, 5-0 in the quarter-finals, he overcame Almesticu, of the USA, 4-1 in the semis.

The finals saw the Cardigan ABC star pitted against Bromau, of Sweden, in what proved a very busy contest.

The Swedish boy was very mobile but Croft kept to his boxing and put together some classy combinations as Bromau came at him from all angles on the way to a well-merited points victory.

Ioan, meanwhile, outclassed Santini, of Italy, 5-0 in the quarter-finals prior to his disappointing loss against Meccado – a defeat which dismayed the boxer’s dad, Cardigan ABC head coach Guy Croft, following the action from home on live stream.

“Ioan was so unfortunate – I’ve watched the fight twice and still think he should have had the decision,” he said. “He boxed beautifully in a very closely matched fight against the American number one.

“The American was perhaps a bit busier, but Ioan was throwing the cleaner shots and holding the centre of the ring – the Bulgarian judge gave all three rounds to America when in anybody’s eyes Ioan had the third without a doubt.”

The twins are again in action at the Welsh championships in Cardiff this weekend.

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Pembroke: Sports festival for children and adults with disabilities

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A FESTIVAL showcasing the range of sports available in Pembrokeshire for children and adults with disabilities will take place at Pembroke Leisure Centre on Thursday, 20th June.

The insport festival will take place from 11am to 4pm and is suitable for people with all impairments. Their friends and family are also welcome.

Angela Miles, disability sport officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, said if any parents or guardians of disabled children wanted to find out what sort of provision is available for their children, they were very welcome to come along.

“If your child’s school are unable to attend please come and find out what is available,” she said.

Angela added: “Previous events have been really successful and we are hoping that lots of the visitors will be inspired to try one of the activities and taster sessions on offer.”

The event is being organised by Pembrokeshire County Council, Snowdrop Independent Living and Disability Sport Wales (DSW). It is being sponsored by Snowdrop Independent Living.

Local and regional sports clubs are supporting the festival and there will be plenty of experts on hand to advise people on what sports would be most suited to them.

“We are extremely grateful to Snowdrop Independent Living for sponsoring the event,” said Angela.

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Disability Sports Festival at Pembroke

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A FESTIVAL showcasing the range of sports available in Pembrokeshire for children and adults with disabilities will take place at Pembroke Leisure Centre on Thursday, June 20.

The insport festival will take place from 11am to 4pm and is suitable for people with all impairments. Their friends and family are also welcome.

Angela Miles, disability sport officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, said if any parents or guardians of disabled children wanted to find out what sort of provision is available for their children, they were very welcome to come along.

If your child’s school are unable to attend please come and find out what is available,” she said.

Angela added: “Previous events have been really successful and we are hoping that lots of the visitors will be inspired to try one of the activities and taster sessions on offer.”

The event is being organised by Pembrokeshire County Council, Snowdrop Independent Living and Disability Sport Wales (DSW). It is being sponsored by Snowdrop Independent Living.

Local and regional sports clubs are supporting the festival and there will be plenty of experts on hand to advise people on what sports would be most suited to them.

We are extremely grateful to Snowdrop Independent Living for sponsoring the event,” said Angela.

· For more information, please contact Angela Miles, Disability Sport Officer for Pembrokeshire, on 07920 213 651.

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Gold medal for Fishguard’s Ffion

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FISHGUARD’s Ffion Wilmott won a gold medal at the GB Schools Three Nations Finals at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday (Jun 9).

13-year-old Ffion was selected to fight in the Three Nations finals, representing Wales in the 42kg category.

Her first opponent from Scotland did not make the weight so she moved on to fight an opponent from England in the final.

Ffion, who trains at The Yard Boxing Club in Letterston, put on an excellent display and came away with a unanimous points victory over England’s Kayla Holdsworth.

Trainer Ken Owen said: “She boxed brilliant, it was only her fourth actual fight so it is a big accomplishment. Her opponent would have had to fight a lot more so it is a big achievement for her.”

Highlights of the event were filmed and are available on YouTube and after winning her medal Ffion said: “It’s amazing, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Ken added: “I’m ecstatic, for a little girl from Fishguard to win the British Championships is amazing and hopefully it can influence other young girls to take up boxing as well.”

Ffion is still awaiting confirmation for her next fight but trainer Ken said it’s ‘onwards and upwards’ for the talented boxer.

On Wednesday (Jun 12), Ffion showed off her gold medal to fellow members at The Yard.

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