Paralympian to coach North Wales swimming club

Published date: 18 March 2016 |
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Rhiannon Henry 

RETIRED Paralympian Rhiannon Henry has announced her move to help train The North Wales Trojans.
 
Rhiannon, aged 28, winner of two bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004, has announced her decision to help train the new Swim Wales paralympic club.
 
She has represented Wales in three Commonwealth Games over the years, but decided to retire last year and is junior coach at the City of Chester Swimming Club.
 
This opportunity came up for Rhiannon, who lives in Wrexham, when her old friend Huw Griffiths, the Swim Wales para-swimming manager, mentioned the chance to train The Trojans. 
 
North Wales Trojans is the regional Swim Wales para-swimming academy based across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.
 
It was created to help swimmers with a physical, visual,or intellectual impairment.
Huw Griffiths said: “It’s a massive deal in the world of para-swimming for Rhiannon to join. I’ve been suggesting it to her for a while and it’s always been something we’ve talked about.
 
“It’s going to be great to work together to promote the club and to train, develop and recruit swimmers for national competitions.”
 
Rhiannon said that before the launch of The North Wales Trojans there was no club in North Wales for para-swimmers with impairments to join and that this opportunity would be a huge deal.
 
She said: “When Huw told me about this opportunity, I knew it would be something I would want to do. 
 
“Being from Wales I knew how important it is for a place for para-swimmers to train.
 
“I will use my experience and knowledge to help me with this new team and I’m really looking forward to it.
 
“I’m excited to see the swimmers develop and improve and to enter national competitions together. 
 
“And when we win we can say ‘Yes, we’ve done it!’”

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