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It wasn't long before he was offered the chance to train with an academy run by the FDSW, which prides itself as a sporting "factory" for medal winners.
They all want to support me as much as they can." The A-level pupil has won a place at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Uwic) to study sports development, and said studying at the university would make it easier for him to get access to his Welsh Athletics performance coach Darrell Maynard and the FDSW.
"As well as the personal achievement, it is the support of organisations such as FDSW and UK athletics that provide the vital support for him to compete."
Sprinter Jenny McCloughlin (Wales FDSW), from Chepstow, is a graduate of Disability Sport Wales' highly successful Academy programme.
These were FDSW Academy players, Jacob Thomas from Pembrokeshire, Tomas Martin from Cardiff, Therese Hunt, from Essex (studying in college) and Karl Parrish from Chepstow.
Funded by the Sports Council for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government, the inception of the FDSW Talent Academy is a progressive stepping-stone towards developing the future of Paralympic sport in Wales.
The initial training has left National Performance Manager at FDSW Anthony Hughes feeling 'elated', with several of the young stars already showing the potential to emerge as the Tanni Grey-Thompsons and David Roberts of 2012.
The star-studded evening, which will be attended by Wales' Sydney Paralympic stars, is being organised by the Federation of Disability Sport Wales (FDSW) in conjunction with the British Paralympic Organisation.
FDSW director Jon Morgan said: 'Disability sport is so strong in Wales.
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