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people collection walesFOLLOWING a summer of triumphs for Welsh sports people, sports fans in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to follow the flames of their heroes through a new online archive that celebrates the triumphs of Welsh sporting heroes old and new. People’s Collection Wales – an online archive celebrating the history of Wales – is calling on sports fans across the country to log on to its ‘Following the Flame’ project to watch and read the trials and tribulations of some of Wales’s most prominent sports stars.

Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones and athlete Aled Sion Davies are the most recent sporting heroes to have their exploits preserved online as part of the project. Discus and shot putter Aled Sion Davies and gymnast Frankie Jones became household names this summer following their sporting successes at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow respectively.

The gold medallists, both 23, have shared their stories for Following the Flame, which celebrates the achievements of Welsh stars from the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Their stories, along with 45 others from the Following the Flame project that have already been uploaded to People’s Collection Wales, have joined hundreds of items from as far back as the early twentieth century.

In their own words, sports people, coaches and administrators and their families have shared stories that highlight the very personal highs and lows of a career competing in the limelight. Stars who have already shared their stories online include household names like Cardiff-born wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson who over her career won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, and held over 30 world records; and long jumper Lynn ‘the Leap’ Davies from Nantymoel in Bridgend who won an Olympic gold medal in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Phil Cope, who is the project coordinator for Following the Flame, said: “It’s absolutely essential that we continue to record and preserve the stories of our champions as part of Following the Flame so that we can inspire a new generation of competitors and coaches. “I am so pleased to be able to unveil Aled and Frankie as our latest contributors and I’d like to thank all of the people who have shared their very personal stories with the online collection.”

Rheinallt Ffoster-Jones of People’s Collection Wales said: “The Welsh public has a strong appetite for sport and having the Following the Flame collection preserved on People’s Collection Wales has made the website even richer. I’d like to encourage others with memories relating to Welsh sporting greats to share their stories, photos and videos with us.” People’s Collection Wales brings together the national collections of the three partner organisations (National Library of Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments), and also items from local and regional museums, archives and libraries, and community groups and individuals.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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