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From a young age, Beth wished to represent Wales in sport and despite trying her hand at a handful of sports, she couldn’t settle on the sport that was for her. It wasn’t until she received a visit from Paralympic Gold Medallist, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and her PE Teachers selection for the Commonwealth Games in 1998 that she realised her love for Hockey.
Beth admits that she has never been the most talented of players but her sheer determination and will to succeed and reach the highest level in Wales has seen her move through the junior teams to make her senior debut in 2002. But with this honour, Beth has unfortunately seen a career plagued with injuries which has resulted in Beth missing out on several major tournaments. However, through sheer determination to succeed, she is fighting back to stake her claim in the Wales team and to get to the elusive 50th cap.
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Christian is a former professional footballer. Having made his debut for Cardiff City at 17-years-old he went on to make over 300 appearances for Cardiff City, Exeter City, Bristol City and Swindon Town. Christian also played for his country at U18 and U21 level before getting into the full squad. However, he is mostly known for scoring an injury time winner which put Bristol City in the playoff final. In a successful career that lasted 12 years, Christian scored goals whatever club he was at and was also named in squads for the Wales senior team. However, his success did not come easily as he experienced a turbulent career with both highs and lows which came to an end in 2008 following a long standing knee injury at the age of 28.
Christian went into the education system to find an opportunity to give back, offering his support to the Show Racism the Red Card charity, he spent five years with the charity and enjoyed the experiences he was able to gain from his involvement.
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Liz was introduced to swimming at 3 after it was recommended that it could help with her cerebral palsy. As the years went by it became clear Liz was a natural in the water and she has gone on to enjoy a decorated career. Her sheer talent and commitment to the sport has been recognised away from the pool, too. She laid the final tile in the Aquatic Centre ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was given the honour of reading the athlete’s oath at the opening ceremony of her home Paralympics, where she also went on to claim another medal. At 14, Liz was already competing at a national level and made the Great Britain team shortly after.
In 2006, she claimed 3 gold medals at the IPC World Championships, building on her success at the Athens Paralympics, where she had won a silver medal 2 years previously. In 2008, Liz fulfilled a lifetime ambition by winning gold at the Beijing Paralympics, dedicating it to her mother who sadly passed away during the games. Liz went on to win a plethora of World Championship medals and added to her Paralympic medal collection at London 2012, setting a new Paralympic record on the way to her success.
- Paralympic Gold, Silver & Bronze Medallist
- Triple World Championships Gold Medallist
Ruth is as an elite female Cross Country Mountain Bike racer, who also competes in the age group field in Cross Triathlon. Her first race wasn’t until she was 21. Despite the late start, she made steady progress through the ranks. This saw Ruth climb the ranks to Expert level racing whilst studying at university. After a few years of competing, Ruth achieved a victory in the 12-hour female category at the TwentyFour12 endurance event. After this Ruth chose to focus on shorter cross-country racing. In the Expert category in 2011, after a winter of working hard on her training, Ruth achieved second place twice and first place during the British Mountain Bike Series. At the end of the 2011 season Ruth was selected for an international team, Moda Bike Magic Racing Team. In 2012, Ruth’s first season in the Elite Female category took her to international races where she experienced her first Mountain Bike World Cup. Another highlight of Ruth’s 2012 season was a top five placing in the Elite Female category at the last round of the British Mountain Bike Series.
Early in 2013 Ruth raced as part of a female pair at the Tour of Andalucia international Mountain Bike six-day stage race and came seventh, which placed them as the top amateur British pair. This earned Ruth enough UCI (International Cycling Union) points to represent GB at the Czech Republic and Norwegian rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series 2013 where Ruth raced against full-time athletes including World, Olympic and Commonwealth champions. In 2014 Ruth started to diversify into the world of Cross Triathlon and came fourth in her age group at the Xterra England Championships after barely any swim training to speak of. Ruth plans to continue racing in Cross Triathlon events and will still compete at the British Mountain Bike Series and chase UCI points for the possibility of racing at World Cup events.
- Double Welsh National Cross Country Mountain Bike Champion
- England & European Champion
- Qualified for Cross Triathlon World Championship 2015 & 2016
Tom started swimming when he was around 5-years-old and from there progressed through local clubs. At age 13, he made the decision alongside his parents that if he wanted to be successful, he would have to move to The City of Cardiff Swimming Club. This was huge commitment that Thomas made to achieve his goals. He trained twice which required his father to drive 180 miles a day. This travel made school life very challenging but through his determination he still passed all his GCSEs, his hard work began to pay off at aged 15, when Thomas won his first British Youth Championship title.
He began to be selected for competitions all around the world, picking up medals along the way. He was very successful as a junior swimmer but struggled for a while trying to break into senior waters. His big break came at 20 when he qualified for the Olympic Games in Beijing. He took 4 seconds off the British record. From there he went on to compete at various other World and European Championships. In his best year, Thomas was proud to finish ranked seventh in the world.
- Commonwealth & British Record Holder