Welsh Youngsters Put Down Markers at UK School Games

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Welsh Youngsters Put Down Markers at UK School Games


ALL eyes were on the sporting stars of the future over the weekend, when Wales' London 2012 hopefuls battled it out with the best of British in the UK School Games.

The young Welsh talents proved they are truly ones to watch for London, by picking up medals across a broad spectrum of sporting events.

Success in the water began with Sara Lougher of Bridgend securing Wales' first ever UK School Games swimming gold in the women's 200mbreaststroke.

Taking inspiration from Olympic golden girl, Rebecca Adlington, the Bridgend County swimmer has her sights firmly set on London 2012.

"I'm really proud to have won Wales' first swimming gold medal here - it's a real honour. Looking to the future I'd love to go to the Olympics in London. Watching Rebecca Adlington was a real inspiration and it would be a dream to be in her position at the next Olympics."

Swansea's Amy-Claire Davies proved she is definitely one to watch for the Paralympic Games in 2012 by winning three medals at the competition Elsewhere in the pool, Rory Pardoe took home a silver medal in the men's 200mbreaststroke, while Charlotte Bryan came second for Wales in the 200mbutterfly final.

Wales' young female gymnasts brought home a tally of medals finishing in second place overall.

Cardiff's Lizzie Beddoe, British Champion three years in row, added another trophy to her cabinet.

The 13-year-old finished first in the women's all round event, after proving victorious on the beam and asymmetric bars and coming second on the floor.

FellowCardiff girls Venus Romaeo flipped to gold on the vault and bronze on the beam, finishing in sixth place overall, while Jessica Hogg came in fifth after winning the women's floor event.

The Welsh men's team were placed second overall, after Pembrokeshire's Harry Owen scooped a succession of silvers in the rings, vault and parallel bars. …

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