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Rhys Jones

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Clydach Vale, WAL
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2008.
Why this sport?
Already playing football, he attended a trial with Federation Disability Sports Wales [FDSW] and discovered how fast he could run. This led him into athletics.
Club / Team
Rhondda Athletics [WAL] / DSW Para Academy [WAL]:
Name of coach
Kevin Williams [DSW Para Academy]

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Nicknames
Skippy, Twice as Nice (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Photography. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and winning bronze in the T37 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Welsh rugby player Aled Davies, Welsh Paralympic javelin thrower Nathan Stephens. (paralympics.org.uk, 23 Jul 2012)
Injuries
In 2017 he sustained a stress fracture to the third metacarpal in his hand. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)

In late 2014 he returned to training after suffering from a bone stress injury. However, shortly after his return he sustained a hamstring injury and was unable to compete until April 2015. (britishathletics.org.uk, 25 Sep 2015; thepowerof10.info, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can and I will, watch me." (Facebook profile, 28 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
In May 2014 he carried the Queen's Baton through Abardere, Wales, as part of the relay ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (nuneaton-news.co.uk, 29 May 2014)

In May 2012 he carried the Olympic torch through Briton Ferry, Wales. "It was an amazing experience to be part of the relay. I jogged the 300 metre section but it felt a lot longer than 300 metres when I was carrying the flame. People were jumping all over me to get photos. It was mad." (uka.org.uk, 27 May 2012; london2012.com, 22 May 2012)

He won a special award at the 2012 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Sports Awards to recognise his selection for the Great Britain Paralympic squad. (rctcbc.gov.uk, 19 Jul 2012)
Other sports
He won a silver medal in badminton at the 2009 Special Olympics Great Britain National Games in Leicester, England. (walesonline.co.uk, 14 Aug 2009)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games, and to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (teamwales.cymru, 08 Mar 2019; gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He developed encephalitis at age two. The condition caused paralysis on the left side of his body and issues with his sight. (london2012.com, 22 May 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2012-08-31 5
Men's 200 m T37 Final Round 2012-08-31 8
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 5
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-22 7
Men's 200 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 7
Men's 200 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-24 8
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2015-10-30 8
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-31 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2016-09-10 4
Men's 100 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-11 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2017-07-19 3
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-20 5