A Pontarddulais athlete has won a silver medal at the first ever World Championships for judoka with an intellectual disability, which were held in Cologne recently.
Kyle Jones from Pontarddulais Judo Club won the silver medal at the four-day event which was held in Cologne, Germany, from 19 – 22 October. The event was hosted by the German Judo Federation and had the backing of the IJF and INAS (International Association of Sport for Para Athletes with an intellectual disability).
Kyle is a member of the Bristish Judo Association and is now ranked 2nd best in the world for his weight category. Kyle’s win is an historic one as the event is set to continue making Kyle the first ever medal winner from Wales.
Kyle’s family said that they were absolutely delighted with his achievement and wished to thank all who have supported him, including the trainers, and those who responded to the recent appeal to raise funds for his trip to compete in Cologne. They said: “His family and friends are very proud of him. Thanks Kyle for putting Pontarddulais the map.”
Kyle is now looking for a permanent sponsor for his participation in competitions around Europe.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring Kyle you are asked to contact the Pontarddulais Judo Club via their website