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Disability sport

2012 Homecoming Reception at the Senedd

Wales is a leader in disability sport.  We are immensely proud of our athletes and committed to providing sporting opportunities for disabled people.

We have an excellent grassroots system with accessible facilities encouraging inclusive participation from people with different backgrounds and abilities - this translates to results.

Disability Sport Wales is the lead organisation for promoting and developing disability sport in Wales. Disability Sport Wales has established a national pan-disability sport community programme. It is regarded as one of the most successful of its kind in the world. The programme aims to provide high-quality community-based sporting opportunities for disabled people, available to all impairment groups. The organisation’s Insport programme which, with the support of national governing bodies of sport, local authorities and clubs, aims to raise quality levels of participation, accessibility and coaching in is also looked upon as a model of international standard. Welsh Football Trust was the first sports organisation to achieve the Silver Award for the Disability Sport Cymru Insport Programme.

This kind of success is not rare for Wales. Team Wales built on this success at the 2014 Commonwealth games and 2016 Paralympics. In 2018 alpine skier Menna Fitzpatrick MBE alongside her guide Jen Kehoe won a Gold medal, 2 Silver and 1 bronze at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It was the UK's 2nd ever Gold medal and our para-sport athletes continue to inspire the nation.

Of course, you cannot mention disability sport within Wales without thinking of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. Baroness Grey-Thompson was also a member of the team that brought the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to London, a games widely recognised for changing attitudes to disability sport across the world. We’ve more on Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer David Roberts in our Sporting heroes and legends page.

Paralympics

Wales forms a strong and successful contingent of the Paralympic Team GB Squad.