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Commonwealth stars to boost Wales

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WALES’ Commonwealth Games stars will get the chance to shine on home soil when they go for glory at the World Bowls Atlantic Championships this week.

A total of 26 nations are gearing up for the global lawn bowls event, which gets underway at four South Wales locations on Friday.

The action Men’s and Women’s singles, doubles triples and fours actions begins at Penylan, Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys and Penarth Windsor Bowling clubs from 8.15am.

Wales’ bid for the title has been boosted by a host of Commonwealth medallists. Dan Salmon of Penylan claimed gold in dramatic fashion on the Gold Coast last year and will attempt to claim even more silverware in the singles at his local club.

Salmon will also compete in the Pairs event alongside Harlequins Aberdare bowler and Welsh Indoor champion Ross Owen.

Glasgow games bronze medallist Jon Tomlinson and his RTB Ebbw Vale colleague Steve Harris will go for gold in the men’s triples with Wales international Ben Thomas of Pontrhydyfen completing the lineup.

Owen will join the triples team for the fours as part of a strong Welsh contingent overseen by manager David Harding of Penylan.

Lampeter’s Anwen Butten will be hoping to more silverware to a glittering lawn bowls career. She has twice claimed the bronze medal in the Commonwealth pairs at Manchester in 2002 and Delhi in 2010. The 46-year-old’s most recent success came in the triples when she won silver in the World Outdoor Bowls Championships in New Zealand.

She will go for glory in the triples and the fours with her Lampeter clubmate Mel Thomas and European mixed fours champion Bethan Russ of Port Talbot.

Sara Marie Nicholls of Llandeilo is tasked with the singles responsibility before she joins former Wales Youth star Ysie White in the doubles. Hazel Wilson of Berriew will manage the team as they get set to impress in-front of their home fans.

A competition schedule with full timings and locations can be found at welshbowls.co.uk/atlantic-rim-2019/tournament-schedule, while tickets can be purchased on the day at any of the four clubs.

Teams:
Men
Singles – Dan Salmon
Pairs – Ross Owen / Dan Salmon
Triples – Ben Thomas / Steve Harris / John Tomlinson
Fours – Ben Thomas / Ross Owen / Steve Harris / John Tomlinson

Ladies
Singles – Sara Marie Nicholls
Pairs – Sara Marie Nicholls / Ysie White
Triples – Melanie Thomas / Bethan Russ / Anwen Butten
Fours – Melanie Thomas / Bethan Russ / Ysie White / Anwen Butten

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Static Bike Challenge

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Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.

Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.

On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.

Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:

“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”

Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.

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