Rhys Jones, aged 18 from Tonypandy in Wales. Diana Courageous Citizen
“I received the Diana Courageous Citizen Award for overcoming my disability and representing Wales in athletics while inspiring other young people to get involved in sport. I have overcome many obstacles in my life and it hasn’t been easy but I always give more than a hundred percent to everything I do.
I am Young Gold Ambassador for South Wales and I help promote sporting activities to schools in my local community. I am a keen footballer and coach the disability football team that I used to play for.
In October 2010 I was selected for the GB Paralympic Talent Squad. This year I made my debut at the London Paralympics Games and competed in the 100 and 200m races. Taking part in the Paralympics was an amazing experience, it is hard really to put it into words, but it was just incredible meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. It was a great feeling knowing that once I was on the track it was a rivalry with the other competitors but then when we were off the track we could be best friends, that was one of the best experiences.
I will not quit at any obstacle that life throws at me that is also why I believe Mrs Rogers nominated me for this special award. I couldn’t believe that I received the award I wasn’t expecting it at all. I hope I show young people that they can achieve their dreams and inspire more people to take part in sport.”
Alison Rogers at St John Baptist High School, nominated Rhys for the Diana Award, she said: “The Headteacher Dr S.M. Mitchell and the whole school community are extremely proud of Rhys and what he has overcome to achieve such excellence in his chosen sport. Congratulations Rhys!”