A TALENTED Vale of Clwyd athlete has been making his mark on the international stage.

William Bishop, a para-athleter from Llanrhaeadr, headed out to South Africa to represent Wales at a major event - and he grabbed a gold medal in competition!

The 18-year-old Myddelton College student was selected by Welsh Athletics and Disability Sport Wales to represent Wales in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

This was as part of the GAPS training programme for young athletes under consideration for this year's Youth Commonwealth Games.

These will be held on Trinidad and Tobago between August 4 and 11.

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William was involved in two sports while he was in South Africa.

One of these was wheelchair basketball, a sport William was selected as part of the Wales men’s 3x3 team for Birmingham 2022. 

He also took part in athletics as a T38 sprinter and in the F38 long jump.

During his visit to South Africa, William met fellow athletes from across the continent and he was also able to compete in the African National Para Championships, in Cape Town.

He sprinted his way to fourth place in the 100-metred and on day two of the competition, he was proud to come away with a new personal best in the long jump - and a gold medal!

This places him number one in the UK rankings at present.