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WEST WALES media consultant

Robert Lloyd is spending time in Rio de Janeiro volunteering at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. He will be reporting exclusively for The Herald newspaper series on his adventures.

This is Week seven of my Rio

Olympic and Paralympic adventure, so you will have to excuse any blunders if I get my days mixed up in this week’s column. It’s been a hectic time – juggling

my duties as an Olympic and Paralympic ‘Rio Soul’ volunteer, trying to catch as much of the sporting action as possible ‘live’ in massive Rio city and attempting to do the ‘tourist thing’ and see the sights. My tick list on the Rio sights is very nearly complete. My duties as a volunteer will

continue up to the day I travel home – the final day of the Paralympics on Sunday. For the Paralympics, I have been

based at the Barra Olympic and Paralympic Village, as part of a big international team helping to make sure everything goes OK for the athletes, their coaches, the different Mission teams and supporters, helpers, family and friends who call in to the village to say ‘Hello’. I’ve been the only Welshman

on the team, working across every language you can think of to try and make sure it all runs smoothly. The Village is the place where you

really get a sense of the international scale of the Olympics and Paralympics and it has been greet seeing the athletes mixing with each other and sharing their Games stories.

In the

Paralympic Games, Great Britain are hoping to surpass their London 2012 medal haul, when they won 120. So far, it all seems to be going to

plan. And there have been some

fine contributions from the Welsh contingent on Team GB.

Here’s a daily guide to who’s done what...

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Phil Pratt and the men’s wheelchair

basketball team made a good start on Day One of the Paralympics. They triumphed 93-31 against first time Paralympians Algeria. Clare Griffiths and the women’s

wheelchair basketball team weren’t as fortunate. It was a tight start against a strong Canadian team, but the North Americans eventually ran out winners by 43-36. In the Men’s S14 100m

Backstroke, Swansea swimmer Aaron Moores missed out on a place in the final after finishing fifth in his heat. He’ll be back in the breaststroke event later in the Games – an event in which he broke the world record earlier this year.

Owen Burke did not qualify out of

the first round of the R1 Mens 10m Air Rifle Standing. In the table tennis, World Number

One Rob Davies had a tough 3-2 victory over his Swiss opponent Silvio Keller, taking a while to find his range in his

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 A marvellous rowing performance

from Rachel Morris meant she beat off China’s Lili Wang and Israel’s Moran Samuel to take gold in the women’s single sculls. It was the third Paralympic medal

for Morris, across two sports, after she won gold in the hand cycling time trials in Beijing and bronze in London. The 37-year-old only took up

rowing in 2013 when looking for a new sporting challenge, after winning road race bronze at London 2012. Morris had both legs amputated

because of complex regional pain syndrome. She switched to rowing in 2013

and now has three Paralympic medals across two sports, adding to the hand- cycling time trial gold she won in Beijing in 2008 and bronze at London 2012.

“That was the hardest thing I’ve

ever done,” she said. “It just goes to show if you have stuff drilled into you every day by the coaches and you do it, you can win.” Morris revealed rower Katherine Grainger, who became Britain’s most decorated female Olympian after

first match in Group A. Sara Head lost 3-0 to Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlquist in her first Group A match. In the F41 shot putt final, Kyron

Duke finished fifth, matching his result from London 2012. Olivia Breen, in the T38 women’s

100m, qualified for the final as one of the fastest runners up.

winning her fifth Olympic medal at her fifth Games in Rio, had been an inspiration and played a part in her decision to take up rowing. “Katherine Grainger has been

fantastic. She has been really friendly and really good at passing on her knowledge,” Morris said. “She’s been absolutely brilliant, as

have the whole squad. Both the Para and the Olympic teams work well alongside each other.” Rob Davies guaranteed himself a

medal after winning his table tennis Class 1 semi-final match 3-1 against his Hungarian rival. Phil Pratt and the men’s wheelchair

basketball team remained undefeated after a 66-52 win against Germany. They are guaranteed progression from the group stages with a game to spare and will play 2012 bronze medallists the USA in their final game to decide the Group B winners. The women’s team won 63 to 32 against hosts Brazil. Jordan Howe left his disappointing disqualification from the 100m well and truly behind as he raced through the heats of the 200m to finish third and bag his place in the final. Kyron Duke missed out on a medal

in the javelin but gained a PB of 39.30, which got him sixth place. Sprinter Rhys Jones finished sixth

in T37 100m final, while Olivia Breen finished 12th in the women’s T38 long jump final. James Ball and partner Craig

Maclean came away with fifth in the cycling time trials after an impressive performance put them top spot with four rides to go.

Dave Phillips sailed through the

elimination rounds of the archery, making it into the quarter finals. But he missed out on a semi-final place after a tight shoot-out finished 5-4 in favour of the strong Iranian pair. Sara Head put in a valiant effort in

the women’s single table tennis Class 3, going out to World Champion Li Qian in the quarter finals.


Wales’ most well-known Paralympian, Aled Sion Davies, secured gold with a dominant performance, throwing three consecutive Paralympic records to comfortably secure top spot in the Mens F42 shot putt final. Davies secured the medal with a record 15.97m throw. Aled praised the contribution of

his coach, Ryan Spencer-Jones, after winning the Paralympic F42 shot putt gold medal. The 25-year-old Welshman won

discus gold in London 2012 but has concentrated on the shot after his preferred event was dropped from Rio. “I just wanted to do justice to

where I’m at and the hard work that Ryan has put into me,” he said. “I’m so happy to have come here

and be able to go home to Wales with a gold.”

Davies teamed up with Spencer-

Jones in 2014 after parting company with Anthony Hughes, who had coached him since he was 15. His coach is part of a large team who support Davies. He credits Spencer-Jones

with helping improve his fitness - a process that Davies says has seen him trim down more than five stones in weight. “It gets really emotional

out there after all the hard work that’s gone into this having to switch the event,” he added. “[But] I was able to come out

here and be the best shot-putter I can be.

“After learning that there would

be no discus event at Rio, I had to change to be a shot-putter. “It was difficult because I love

throwing the discus but I had to concentrate completely on the shot putt.

Aled Sion

Davies: Celebrates winning gold

“I’ve had a fantastic team

around me and I can go home now with a gold medal and show that the hard work has paid off.” Davies improved on the bronze

he won in the shot at the 2012 London Paralympics, breaking the Paralympic record three times, with his winning throw of 15.97 metres well clear of his nearest rival.

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