Lauren Williams: Taekwondo, -67kg – Devils Kickboxing Club, Caerphilly
“My coach was Rob Taylor and I was there with Lauren Price before she went into boxing and I moved into taekwondo.
““Lauren and I grew up together and she was essentially my role model. We trained together a lot and she took care of me at competitions.
“The Devils club was like a family to us and we won world titles together in Cyprus. But it was the Olympics that appealed and that’s why I went on to make the transition to taekwondo.
“It’s amazing think we have both ended up at the Olympics in Tokyo together. It is an amazing way to carry on the journey and hopefully show other girls what it’s possible to achieve.
“When I went on holiday with my parents in a caravan, we sat and watched the London Olympics in 2012 on TV. Jade Jones was winning in the final at the time with about ten seconds left – the points were getting higher and higher and it was getting really exciting.
“My dad turned to me and said: ‘is this something you’d want to do?’ I’d never seen the sport before – I was a kickboxer and didn’t really know what taekwondo was.
“I actually said no at the time, but taekwondo did a Fighting Chance scheme back in 2013 that encouraged athletes for different sports and backgrounds to come and try taekwondo.
“I tried it, gave it a go, my dad let me do my thing and I managed to beat the girls in front of me. My performance director saw talent and here I am today – I got selected and never looked back.”
Welsh athletes in Tokyo and their first clubs
Jake Heyward - Track Rats section at Cardiff Athletics Club
Lauren Williams - Devils Martial Arts
Jade Jones - Flint TAGB
Lauren Price - Pontypool ABC
Geraint Thomas - Maindy Flyers
Elinor Barker - Maindy Flyers
Ethan Vernon - Corley Cycles
Sophie Ingle - Vale Wanderers
Leah Wilkinson - Belper Hockey Club
Sarah Jones - Howells School in Cardiff
Rupert Shipperley - Whitchurch
Jacob Draper - Gwent Hockey Club
Natalie Powell - Irfon Judo Club
Victoria Thornley - Sporting Giants
Oliver Wynne-Griffith - Radley College
Joshua Bugajski - Cardiff University
Tom Barras - Burway Rowing Club
Jasmine Joyce - St.Davids RFC
Hannah Mills - Llanishen Sailing Centre
Chris Grube - Bala Sailing Club
Alys Thomas - Kingston Royals Swimming Club
Daniel Jervis - Plymouth Leander Swimming Club
Harriet Jones - City of Cardiff Swimming Club
Matt Richards - Droitwich Dolphins
Kieran Bird - Blue Fins
Calum Jarvis - Plymouth Leander Swimming Club
James Jones (BMX freestyle)
Matthew Tarrant (Rowing)
Joe Brier (Athletics)