Day 3 Highlights
Historical day for Para-sport in Trinbago
Day 3 offered plenty of excitement for Team Wales, finishing with four medals across Road Cycling, Swimming and Athletics.
History was made at the Hasely Crawford Athletics Stadium with para-athletes across the Commonwealth competing in the Youth Games for the first time in Games history.
Team Wales certainly made an impact on the track and field which included 3 strong 4th finishes, a PB and an unforgettable golden moment for Tomi Roberts-Jones.
Tomi who finished 2nd in his T38 100m heat, set the crowd alight with his outstanding performance in the final with a time of 13.2, winning Wales’ second Gold medal of the Games. His teammate, Will Bishop who was a late replacement for Ashton Fish after he had to withdraw due to an injury, also came 2nd in his heat. Will, who finished the final in 5th position with a new PB of 14.46 now has his eyes set firmly on his main event, the T38 Long Jump on Thursday.
Team Wales para success continued with Mia Lloyd becoming Wales’ first ever female para-athlete at the Youth Games, finishing in a strong 4th position with a throw of 14.83.
Another 4th finish in the Women’s Long Jump with Jessica Lee jumping 5.87m. Zico Jones finished 5th in the 400m Semi Final and Joe Rees-Gara finished 4th in the 1500m, making it through to today’s final.
Joe Berry and Lewis Stephens completed the athletics line up, both successfully getting through to the 100m Semi Final, finishing 4th and 5th respectively.
Wales’ first medal of the day came from Road Cycling at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Max Bufton and Sam Fisher demonstrated the true definition of teamwork, with Max clinching the bronze medal and Sam in a well-deserved 5th place.
Over at the pool, the swimmers came away with two medals, Holly Marshall in the 400m Individual Medley (bronze) and a solid performance in the mixed 4 x 200m relay, also securing a bronze. Whilst Taylor Melbourne-Smith, Solomon Williams, Sophie Davies and Theodora Taylor crossed the line in the final, Holly Marshall and Joshua O’Brien played their part in securing Wales’ spot in the final of the relay during the heats stage. Theodora Taylor broke the Welsh junior record in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 56.59, and Sophie Brassington came 4th in the 400m Individual Medley, just missing a podium finish.
Over in Tobago, the Women’s Rugby Sevens team faced another tough day against the Bahamas 2017 Gold medallists, Australia, losing 26-7 and a 21-15 defeat against Fiji in their second match of the day. Day 4 will see them face hosts Trinidad and Tobago.
Also on Day 4, Team Wales will be back on the track with Storm Evans in the Women’s Discus and Joseph Rees-Gara in the 1500m Final. The swimmers will return to the National Aquatics Centre for more action and Track Cycling kicks off at the National Cycling Velodrome in Couva, Trinidad.