Tonypandy’s Rhys Jones, 17, will carry the Olympic Flame in Briton Ferry and is already an Ambassador for The Games.
The St John’s RC School, Aberdare, pupil always loved sport but lacked confidence until he joined RCT Tigers FC, founded by the Council’s Disability Sport Wales Development Officer, Shelley Jones.
His outstanding football performances encouraged him to then take a shot at badminton, where he represented Wales and secured awards, before making tracks into athletics, where he continues to excel.
As well as winning armfuls of medals for Wales, Rhys is striving for European championships in the coming months and is on track for a place in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
He is also hoping to secure a space in the Federation of Disability Sport Wales’ Academy for sporting excellence and is looking forward to the opportunities being presented by London 2012.
What is most important about Rhys is the fact that his incredible success has acted as motivation and inspiration for others and he continues to take the time to ensure others – able-bodied and disabled – follow their sporting dreams.
He said: “Being an ambassador has had an immense impact on me, I’m more independent and have made some amazing friends. Previously my sight meant I could not leave the house alone.
“I have been given opportunities to develop my confidence and learn skills that will stand me in good stead for the future, including when I look for a job.
“Most importantly, I’m able to celebrate my love of sport, pursue my ambitions and also encourage others to follow their dreams and let nothing hold them back.