Congratulations to Pembrokeshire’s Lily Rice who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham yesterday (Sunday).
Lily a student at Tenby’s Greenhill School, who is from Manorbier, finished behind England’s Alice Tai who took Gold and New Zealand’s Tupou Neiufi with a time on 1:23:060 to secure third place in the Women’s 100m Para Swimming Backstroke S8 final.
The eighteen-year-old secured Team Wales’ first medal in the pool at the Games.
Lily started her aquatic journey on the Pembrokeshire County Swimming pathway as a child when she attended swimming lessons at Tenby Leisure Centre.
She progressed through the Learn to Swim programme and moved on to swim for a local swimming club.
Lily had a break from swimming for a few years and had a successful career competing in wheelchair motocross (WCMX), becoming world champion.
To continue her journey on the swimming pathway, she returned to the pool in January and currently trains six times per week with PCS.
After winning the Bronze, Lily said: “It's absolutely amazing.”
“At the start we thought we were doing heats and finals and initially I was getting a bit stressed about that. But I'm so glad we've done just finals because I haven't been well over the last few weeks. It feels great, I'm top three so I'll take that.”
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