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Ceredigion pistol shooter picked for Commonwealth Games

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TWO Cardiff University students have been selected for the Wales team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Medical student Lewis Oliva, 25, has been selected in the cycling sprint while Coral Kennerley, 23, who is studying mechanical engineering, will compete in pistol shooting.

Their selection follows a previous announcement that Cardiff University student Dean Bale will represent England in rifle shooting at the Games.

Cardiff University student Coral, from Aberystwyth, has a sense of unfinished business after illness affected her performance at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games four years ago.

Coral said: “I’m really excited to be competing for Wales in my second Commonwealth Games.

“Having been hit by glandular fever two months before the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, I’m determined to improve on my performance in the Gold Coast in April.

“It’s an honour to be able to represent Wales at such a big competition. It’s going to be great to see our small nation come together as a team on the other side of the world.”

Coral, who has been selected for Great Britain at the World University Shooting Championships in Malaysia in March, is the current Welsh and British women’s champion.

Lewis, from Devauden in Monmouthshire, has enjoyed a highly successful year, becoming British national Keirin champion and competing against some of the world’s top cyclists in the Tissiot UCI World Cup series, where he claimed a silver in Milton, Canada in the Keirin.

He also secured a spot in the Great Britain team for the World Track Cycling Championships, making his world championship debut in April in Hong Kong.

Lewis made headlines earlier this month when his specialist cycling shoes were stolen from his partner’s car outside the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Fortunately, following a public appeal, the shoes were found discarded in an alleyway and returned to him.

Lewis said: “This is my third Commonwealth Games and obviously it’s really exciting to be named in the team travelling to Australia.

“It has been a big focus for both the cycling team and me, and what has made this time around extra special is the great support I’ve received from Cardiff University – in particular, the high performance programme and the medical school. Training has been going really well and I look forward to mixing it up in a few months.

“Since enrolling at Cardiff University I’ve been fortunate enough to become British champion and perform consistently on the world stage, winning a number of World Cup medals. The Commonwealth Games presents a huge opportunity to top this season off. It’s always extra special to pull on the Welsh jersey, a proud moment for any Welshman.”

 

University Head of Sport Stuart Vanstone said: “It’s brilliant news to hear of Lewis and Coral’s qualification for the Gold Coast.

“Both have had previous experience of competing in the Commonwealth Games, with Lewis competing previously in Delhi in 2010 and both Lewis and Coral being part of Team Wales for the Glasgow games in 2014.”

The selection of Coral and Lewis for Wales followed news in December that Dean Bale, another Cardiff University student, had been selected to represent England in rifle shooting at Gold Coast 2018.

Computer science student Dean, 20, from Barnstaple in Devon, said: “When I found out that I was selected to represent England at my first Commonwealth Games, I was thrilled that all the hard work I put into training and competing had paid off.

“I competed at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championship, which is the test event for the Commonwealth Games, in November and made the final, finishing in fifth. So I’m feeling pretty confident that I will hopefully make the final and, with the training plan I have laid out, I’m hoping to go out there and improve on my fifth place finish.”

Head of Sport Stuart added: “All of the students have been able to balance their studies and the demanding training session schedules leading to selection.

“I have no doubt that given the dedication and commitment shown by Lewis, Coral and Dean, they will do themselves and the University proud with their performances. Good luck and we will all be watching, cheering you on.”

All three athletes are part of the University’s high performance programme, which helps students excel at in both their sporting and academic careers during their time at Cardiff.

The programme offers a range of support including strength and conditioning training, fitness testing and assessments, access to sports psychologists, free membership of all University sports facilities, free branded kit and potential financial awards.

The Commonwealth Games take place at the Gold Coast from April 4-15 this year.

The commitment of Coral and Lewis to their chosen sports has been beautifully captured in new films, commissioned by Cardiff University, which highlight their commitment to their sport. You can view the films here:

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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