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Olympic Swimmer David Davies Visits Bryngwyn!

On Friday 16th November,  Bryngwyn School were privileged to welcome Triple Olympic Medal Winning Swimmer David Davies for a Visit to the P.E. Department.

Wales and Great Britain distance freestyle swimmer David Davies , Olympic Silver Medallist (2008) and Bronze Medallist  (2004)  has retired a decade after his international senior debut for Wales at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

It was at the Olympic Games in Athens where Davies made his mark on world swimming  when, at the age of 19, he won his first Olympic medal; Bronze in the 1500m Freestyle and continued his success from there.  Davies'  time remains the British Record and best ever by a Brit by 10sec. He went on to win medals over 1500m at every conceivable level, World, European, Short and Long and claimed the Commonwealth title for Wales at Melbourne  in 2006.

In 2008 Davies broke into Open Water Swimming and, in his first World Championships,  won Silver and qualified for the inaugural Marathon Swimming Event at the Beijing Olympics.

The British record holder won his second Olympic medal in Beijing,  taking Silver in the 10km race and earned his place in the Swim Wales Hall of Fame.

Looking to the future, Davies is excited to be taking up a position with Sport Wales to help inspire the next generation of Olympians. “I am going on to work as a Performance Lifestyle Advisory/Athlete Mentor for Sport Wales so I hope to stay involved with young swimmers and hopefully help them to achieve their sporting ambitions as I have" he said.

During his recent visit to Bryngwyn School, Davies delivered an inspirational talk to 70 GCSE PE pupils in the school Drama Hall, sharing his experiences as an international athlete with them.

The pupils then had the opportunity to take part in a Question and Answer Session with David, with the pupils enquiring about all aspects of his life,  training,  travelling and competing on the International stage. The Headteacher and Deputy Head also participated in the Q&A Session, both posing searching questions to the athlete about his time spent in the Olympic Village in London 2012.

The pupils then had the opportunity to have photos taken with David and they also got to hold his Olympic Medals. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational experience for all involved.

David said of his visit, "The pupils at Bryngwyn School were great. It was an honour to take part in such an interactive Q&A Session with the GCSE pupils. They asked some really interesting questions and I hope they left feeling inspired to pursue their dreams and ambitions."