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Team Wales athletes are continuing to inspire young people across Wales to take up sport by touring the nation’s schools.

Since the beginning of the school year in September, top level athletes who have represented Wales in a range of sports have popped into 167 schools to encourage young people to lead an active lifestyle.

One of the latest visits saw weightlifter Catrin Jones and squash player Emily Whitlock take over a PE lesson for six and seven -year-olds at Ysgol San Sior in Llandudno.

Schoolchildren try out some weightlifting techniques with Catrin Jones
Schoolchildren try out some weightlifting techniques with Catrin Jones.
The more opportunities you have to try different sports, the better chance you have of finding something you enjoy
Emily Whitlock

Catrin, who won a gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, said: “I always enjoy talking to children about the benefits of sport and encouraging them to try something new. Sport helps bring a feel good factor to your life, boosts your confidence and has provided me with so many opportunities outside of simply competing.”

Squash star Emily, who represented Team Wales at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, added: “It’s super important to have exposure to different sports at such a young age. The more opportunities you have to try different sports, the better chance you have of finding something you enjoy and also make more friends.” 

Rebecca Edwards-Symmons, Team Wales CEO, said: “We have so much to offer in Wales and there is a sport for everyone. Being an inclusive multi-sport competition with para-sport integrated into the sports programme, the Commonwealth Games and Team Wales are perfectly placed to inspire the next generation and share the benefits of a life in sport.”

Team Wales received funding towards the school visits from Sport Wales.

Team Wales are now taking bookings for school visits from September 2024. Any schools that would like to request a visit from a Team Wales athlete, can do so online.

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