THREE Valleys teenagers have been making their mark as members of Disability Sport Wales Academy squads.
Laura Swetman from Pontypridd and Rhys Jones from Tonypandy made their debut for Wales at the DSE Junior Athletics Championship in Blackpool.
Rhys, 15, took the gold in the under 15s 100m, setting a new national record, and the 200m track event.
He also won gold in the long jump and the boys' 4x60m relay.
Rhys also represented Wales in badminton at the Great Britain Special Olympics National Summer Games in July, taking a silver medal. In 2008, he won silver in the Category 3 Men's Doubles at a Great Britain Special Olympics event in Leicester.
Laura Swetman joined the academy, based at UWIC in Cardiff, in March. She competed in Blackpool on her 16th birthday, winning gold in the shot, with a national record and silver in discus.
She competed at Crystal Palace this month and will be competing at the UK School Games in September.
Laura is also a wheelchair tennis player with an international ranking of 13 and fifth in Britain.
Shaun Swetman, 18, who started playing wheelchair tennis two years ago recently won the Junior Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Nottingham and is now ranked 10th internationally and third in Britain.
He has now joined younger sister Laura at the athletics academy.
Wales Online, 14th August 2009