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Former Paralympian given award by Prime Minister

A former paralympian from Wales who survived breast cancer twice and a motorbike accident that left her paralysed is being honoured by the Prime Minister.

Melanie Davies is working to build a first of its kind rehabilitation centre in Wales.

Melanie Davies will be presented with the Point of Light Award by David Cameron for her work improving the lives of others with disabilities.

The award recognises outstanding contribution and service to the community.

Catch Up Now: Wales this Week, Never say Never

Wales this Week follows the journey of Melanie Davies, author, Paralympic athlete, motivational speaker, cancer survivor, paraplegic and founder of the TREAT Trust.

Melanie has truly a unique story, in fact the film rights to her book have just been bought by Welsh comedian Bennett Arron.

Now Melanie is working to build a unique first of it's kind rehabilitation centre in Wales.

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Aled Davies to receive MBE

Davies celebrates winning gold in the Men's Discus Throw - F42 at the Olympic Stadium, London. Credit: PA Images

Welsh Paralympian Aled Sion Davies will collect his MBE from Buckingham Palace today.

Davies, from Bridgend, won a gold medal in F42 discus and a bronze in the shot-put at the Paralympic Games in London last year.

In July, the F42 category of the discus was dropped from the list of events at the Rio games 2016 which means Davies will be unable to defend his title.

Welsh Paralympian swaps athletics for sledge hockey

This weekend one our leading Paralympians, Nathan Stephens, will swap the athletics field for the cooler climates of the sledge hockey arena, as he tries to help Great Britain qualify for next year's Winter Paralympics in Russia.

Stephens and fellow Welshman Stephen Thomas have been training with the GB squad before flying out to the final qualifying tournament in Turin tomorrow.

GB go into it as underdogs, but it is something they believe can work in their favour.

Funeral of Paralympic athlete Chris Hallam held today

Chris Hallam posted a record time for the 1987 London Marathon wheelchair race Credit: Reuters

The funeral of one of Wales' leading Paralympians, Chris Hallam MBE, will be held later today.

The athlete, from Pontypool, was in his late 40s and had been ill for some time when he died earlier this month.

Chris, a wheelchair racer, won medals in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Games and was also successful in the pool, winning the 50m breaststroke at the World Disabled Games within years of the motorcycle accident that left him paralysed below the chest.

As well as Paralympic success, he also posted record times for the London Marathon in 1985 and 1987.

Many, including Prime Minister David Cameron, have described him as a true pioneer of disability sport.

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Champion's Apprentice - Stephen and Jason

Following in the success of London 2012, four Welsh Paralympians embark on a journey to mentor four aspiring sports stars.

After losing his legs as a result of meningitis, action man Stephen Thomas has become double world champion in sailing and also represented Great Britain at the winter games.

Now he is helping motorbike accident survivor Jason Solmon get to grips with sledge hockey. As Jason come to terms with losing his leg in the accident he embraces his new sport and attempts to get in the GB training squad.

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