Huge congratulations to Get Kids Going! Ambassador Aled Davies for his first Commonwealth Games Gold medal. Aled won a gold medal for shot in the Tokyo Paralympics last year. However in the Commonwealth Games he switched to discus when he knew there was an opportunity to add the missing gold from his collection. Aled was supported by Get Kids Going! when he was younger which helped to kick start his amazing sporting career.
Davies won the F42-44/61-64 men’s discus final with a throw of 51.39m.
He said: “It’s a special one. It really is. I’m very proud of being Welsh, it’s very close to my heart,”. He won a silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“After Glasgow 2014 and the disappointment, I didn’t think I’d get another opportunity to do this. After just focusing on shot put solely for the last seven years, we saw this opportunity on the horizon. We knew it was going to be a short turnaround. I’ve only been doing it since September of last year, it’s been incredible.
“I picked up a little niggle in my pelvis so it was hit and miss whether I was going to be at 100 percent. I’m in a lot of pain, we’ll find out how serious it is after my scans but at the end of the day, no one is going to remember what I threw, they are going to remember the colour of the medal, and that’s a gold for Wales.”
You can watch an interview with Aled Davies with BBC Sport for his reaction to the Gold medal.
Aled’s was a fantastic result for Get Kids Going! athletes at the Commonwealth Games as Eden Rainbow-Cooper won a silver medal in the women’s marathon and Fabienne Andre won a bronze medal in 100m.
We are incredibly proud of Aled, Fabienne and Eden for their medals and to our President David Weir for all of the coaching and training he provides Fabienne and Eden through the Weir Archer Academy.