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Powys Paralympian wins gold at Tokyo Games

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21 September 2021

Photo by: Paralympics GBA Powys Paralympian who won gold at the Tokyo Games has been congratulated on their success by the county council.

Welshpool born wheelchair rugby player Jim Roberts, aged 34, played a key role at this year's Paralympic Games, scoring 24 tries to help Team GB secure the gold medal with a 54-49 win over the United States.

Jim took up wheelchair rugby after becoming inspired by the London Paralympic Games in 2012. In 2013, he went on to represent Great Britain, and competed in his first Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 where Team GB finished in fifth place after narrowly missing out a place in the semi-final.

This year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo resulted in 14 medals for Welsh athletes; double the tally of Rio 2016.

Cllr Rachel Powell, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member for Young People, Leisure and Culture, said: "I am delighted to hear about Jim's achievements in Tokyo, and to see him lead his team to a gold medal.

"The Paralympics is such a prestigious event and I think Jim has done himself, and the whole of Powys, proud with what he has achieved. I am sure many people will join with me in congratulating Jim, along with the rest of Team GB, on their success."

Reflecting on his time at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Jim Roberts, said, "Tokyo was an amazing experience, my overriding feeling upon winning was one of relief. Relief the Games had actually happened. Relief that the belief others had placed in us could be rewarded. And relief that all the hard work over the past 10 or so years had been enough."

Jim now follows Paralympians Josie Pearson MBE (Athletics) and Rob Davies MBE (Table Tennis) who also have Powys links.

The Disability Sport Wales scheme in Powys has gained a large increase over the last 20 years. Following the Tokyo Paralympics, it is anticipated that more people will see the benefits of physical activity. The Sport Powys team are already seeing an increase in calls from people wanting to try wheelchair sports, as well as the lesser-known sports such as Boccia, which can be played throughout the community in Powys.

For more information on disability sport in Powys please contact Beverley Tucker, Sport Powys on sportsdevelopment@powys.gov.uk

Photo by: Paralympics GB

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