GOLD FOR KIERAN AT SCHOOLS GAMES FINALS

A Coleg Menai student has won a gold medal at the 2021 School Games Finals this weekend.

Kieran Jones, who studies Sport Coaching Level 3, was representing Wales in the Seated Shot Put event on Saturday (September 4th) where he came 1st place.

The School Games Final 2021 was held at Loughborough University, which saw more than 1,300 young athletes compete across ten different sports.

Kieran is a successful para-athlete who has competed in a wide range of national and regional sports competitions with great triumph.

His journey into disability sport began when Kieran was 13 years old and life began to change.

His condition - hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) – is a rare, inherited neurological disorder that produces progressive weakness in the hip and leg muscles. It runs through certain members of his family, meaning his younger brother Ryan is also in a chair as is their father.

However, he has not let his disability limit his potential and success in sports and athletics. Kieran became British champion at the Activity Alliance National Junior Athletics Championships in 2019, and has also represented Wales many times in Wheelchair Basketball competitions.

Kieran said, “I had a fantastic weekend at the School Games Finals, and I’m so pleased to have won Gold in my competition!”

“This was my first time representing Wales in Athletics as I usually take part in the Seated Basketball competitions. I can’t wait to participate in more competitions to come!”

You can find out more about the School Games Finals 2021 here.

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