Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Sport Wales Advent Calendar!

The Sport Wales Advent Calendar!

This is an advent calendar with a difference; one that will feed the mind rather than the stomach this Christmas!

We'll provide you with lesser known facts about Welsh athletes, one for each day of December (Well, that is until the 23rd as Sport Wales will be on our Xmas holidays!) culminating in a quiz to test how much attention you've been paying!

Day 22

Did you know that between now and the 2012 Paralympic Games, table tennis star Sara Head will hit approximately 663,000 balls?

Day 21

Did you know that hockey star Sarah Thomas recently starred in an advert for Cadbury’s, which also featured lots of her family and friends?

Day 20

Did you know that sprinter Christian Malcolm was encouraged to take up running by his school teacher, whose husband turned out to be Olympic long jumper Lynn Davies?

Day 19

Did you know that wheelchair basketball player, Claire Strange, broke her back in a horse riding accident and a year later was playing for GB at the World Championships in Sydney?

Day 18

Did you know that Commonwealth Games silver medallist and GB number one, Frankie Jones, left home at just 16 to pursue her rhythmic gymnastics dream?

Day 17

Did you know that wheelchair rugby player David Anthony is also a coach to disabled football in Neath Port Talbot?

Day 16

Did you know David Roberts only took up swimming to help with his physiotherapy? He’s gone on to win 11 Paralympic gold medals!

Day 15

Did you know that gymnast and Olympic hopeful Lizzie Beddoe spends 35 hours of her week in training; on top of her school work?!

Day 14

Did you know that just ten days after undergoing major surgery, Paralympic archer Pippa Britton, lifted silver at a European Grand Prix?

Day 13

Did you know that World Champion triathlete Helen Jenkins married her coach Marc at Disney World in Orlando?

Day 12

Did you know that up and coming discus star Brett Morse is joint coach/manager of Penarth Town U11s football team?

Day 11

Did you know that Taekwondo star Jade Jones received the nickname ‘The Headhunter’ for always kicking opponents in the head during training?!

Day 10

Did you know that World Championship silver medallist, Andrew Selby, had to box friend and training partner Khalid Yafai to secure his place at the London 2012 Olympic Games?

Day 9

Did you know that Mark Colbourne is stamping his authority on the world of Para Cycling. It was only in 2009 that he broke his back in a Paragliding accident at Rhossili beach.

Day 8

Did you know that cyclist Nicole Cooke became the first woman to become the road race World Champion and Olympic gold medallist in the same year?

Day 7
Did you know that Olympic gold medal-winning rower, Tom James, only took up the sport after he was forced to give up running due to a knee injury?

Day 6

Did you know that Aled Sion Davies used to be a life saver before becoming a World class discus star?

Day 5


Did you know that World Champion and Commonwealth gold medallist Dai Greene once scored a goal against Real Madrid youth team when playing for Swansea City youth?

Day 4

Did you know that two Welsh sailors have already been selected for London 2012; Hannah Mills is set to make her Olympic debut and Steve Thomas is set to make his third Paralympic appearance.

Day 3

Did you know that Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas has ridden over 20,000 miles already this year; that’s nearly a round-the-world the trip!

 Day 2

Did you know that World Champion javelin thrower Nathan Stephens competed at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games as part of the GB sledge hockey team?

Day 1

Did you know that Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medallist Jazz Carlin, swims 37.2 miles a week; more or less Cardiff to Swansea!