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New archive celebrates sporting heroes

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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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Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup

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GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time

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CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber

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NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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