Lord Wigley cheers on Welsh Paralympians


Long term champion of disability rights watches Welsh athletes go for gold

As the London 2012 Paralympic Games get underway, Lord Wigley has wished Welsh Paralympians well as they go for gold in their sports. Lord Wigley, who is a long-term disability campaigner who works closely with Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson on disability issues in the House of Lords, is at the games today (Thursday 30th of August 2012), and will be cheering on Welsh competitors.

Lord Wigley has a long record of campaigning on disability issues, having been the vice chair of the all-Party Parliamentary Disability Group for ten years, and having taken an active part delivering the Disabled Persons Bill.

Speaking before he watched the Gower-based cyclist Mark Colbourne compete in the Velodrome, Lord Dafydd Wigley said:

“There are thirty eight Welsh paralympians taking part in these games and I wish them all the best of luck. Each one has overcome individual struggles to make it to these games, and I know that everyone in Wales will be willing them to do their best.

“While we continue to fight on a political level for those with disabilities to be given the support they need and deserve, these athletes are proving that their physical ailments do not stop them from achieving anything. I hope that the dedication and ambition shown by these athletes will inspire people of all abilities to pursue their goals and push the boundaries. Good luck all.”

Bethan Jenkins AM, Plaid Cymru spokesperson for Sport, added:

“Wales can be justly proud of its Paralympic record, particularly in Beijing four years ago, where Welsh athletes won an unprecedented 10 golds. I know that the team is looking to go better than that in London and, given the support of the Sports Council for Wales and others, I sincerely believe they can do that.

“This is the biggest ever Parallel Games, and it promises to be the most exciting, too. Welsh athletes will be there, doing their part. I hope that if they succeed, we can persuade the Welsh Government to find a way of allowing the Welsh public to salute their achievements.”