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Para-Swimming Academy to open in West Wales

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Para swimmer: Liz Johnson.

Para swimmer: Liz Johnson.

SWIM WALES are set to launch a number of Regional Para- Swimming academies across the country, to develop future Welsh Para-Swimming hopefuls. Over the next two years, 5 Regional Para-swimming academies will be established across Wales, providing coaching and training for those wishing to compete within the Para- Swimming Pathway. As with all sports within the Paralympic movement, in order to compete within the pathway, competitors must be eligible for classifi cation within the sport. Because of this, the regional academies are specifi cally designed for swimmers with a physical or visual impairment.

Swim Wales National Para- Swimming Manager, Huw Griffi ths said: “Ensuring that all swimmers have the opportunity to partake in competitive training is essential if we are to develop success at the highest level. The demands and commitment required to reach the top for any athlete is extremely high, regardless of their sport or the level of their impairment. The academies are there so that swimmers with more severe physical and visual impairments have access to the same level of training that is available to those within mainstream clubs. Once swimmers have come through the Learn to Swim programme or if they have acquired their disability and want to pursue competition within Para-Swimming, then we now have the opportunities for them to do so.” There are currently 3 regional academies that have already been put into place, North Wales Trojans, South Wales Titans and Gwent Spartans. The aim is to have a further 2 in place by the end of 2016. Huw Griffi ths adds: “The names and the branding we have assigned to each of the academies have been deliberate, to create an identity for the swimmers.

We want the academies to create a sense of strength, hard work and honour. We also want them to go into training and competition with the same commitment as those fi gures with which the academies are named after. We see that as an important aspect of creating a performance led culture not just within the academies but within Para-Swimming in Wales.” No location for the west Wales academy has been confi rmed as yet but it is hoped that swimmers from Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire will have access to an academy. A west Wales academy is certain to be opened in the coming months as the program is putting particular emphasis on the regional aspect to ensure swimmers do not have to travel long distance to attend a club. Huw Griffi ths went on to say: “This could be a signifi cant game changer for Para-Swimming in Wales and I am really excited about the prospect of what it could produce.

There will be a step towards producing a cultural change within these programmes as the aim is to develop swimmers into competitive, performance athletes, so will involve a great amount of commitment and hard work, just the same as would be expected from any athlete targeting reaching the top of their sport.” Swimmers wishing to join one of the academies will need to meet entry criteria, alongside having a condition eligible for classifi cation. This criteria includes: Having completed stage 5 of ASA National Learn to Swim Framework or Wave 5 of Swim Wales Aqua Passport. •Able to Swim 25m in at least 2 recognised strokes. • Commitment to attending training sessions. • Commitment to training for competition.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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