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Robert Weale inducted into Welsh Sports Hall of Fame

Robert Weale has been inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Cardiff City Stadium last night (September 20).

The double Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former world indoor singles champion was one of seven new inductees which also included ex-Wales football captain Kevin Ratcliffe, Olympians Georgia Davies (swimming) and Helen Jenkins (triathlon) along with Maurice Richards (rugby) who was also inducted.

Ted Peterson (baseball) and Mike Davies (tennis) were posthumously inducted to the Hall of Fame.

Weale represented Wales at eight successive Commonwealth Games between 1986 and 2014, winning gold in the men’s fours in his maiden Games in Edinburgh and in the men’s singles in Delhi in 2010.

The six-time Commonwealth medallist also secured consecutive silvers in the men’s pairs at the Games in 1994 (Victoria) and 1998 (Kuala Lumpur), as well as a singles silver in Melbourne in 2006. Weale also picked up a bronze medal the singles at the Manchester 2002 Games.

Weale won the world indoor singles championship at Potters Resort in 2000, defeating fellow Welshman John Price in the final.

Upon his induction into the Hall of Fame, Weale said: “I feel so honoured and privileged to be inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

“I am immensely proud to be included on the roll of honour alongside legends of Welsh sport such as Lynn Davies, Sir Gareth Edwards and John Charles.

“I owe so much to my family who have supported me over the years and dedicate this award to the true heroes, my father Bill and my late mother Betty who would have been so thrilled.”

Induction to the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame is reserved for those Welsh women and men, whose exceptional achievements over the course of their careers in any theatre of sport, have enhanced Wales as a Nation and brought honour to themselves and the country. Only sportspeople who have retired are inducted into the WSHOF.

Weale joins Janet Ackland and Mal Evans as the three lawn bowlers that have achieved such recognition.

Photo: Weale pictured alongside regby legend Sir Gareth Edwards at the ceremony at the Cardiff City Stadium

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