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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.

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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.

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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Gold post box for Paralympic champion Josie Pearson

Discus champion Josie Pearson is the latest athlete to be commemorated with a gold post box Credit: ITV News Wales

A Royal Mail post box in Hay-on-Wye has been painted gold to commemorate Welsh Paralympic athlete Josie Pearson.

The 26-year-old took gold in the discus, setting three world records on her way to claiming the title.

Individual first class stamps bearing her image are also being produced.

Josie is the latest athlete to be commemorated by the Royal Mail, which has painted some of its iconic red post boxes to celebrate every gold medal won during London 2012.

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