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Welsh celebrities turn out for Golf Live charity event

Rob Brydon will be among the celebrities taking part in a charity golf event Credit: PA

Some of Wales' most famous faces will be taking to the golf course this weekend - all in the name of charity.

Among those taking part in a round-robin tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort will be comedian Rob Brydon and TV presenter Gethin Jones.

Gethin Jones will also be present at the charity event Credit: PA

They will be competing for in the Celebrity Cup, part of Golf Live, which gives the public the chance to watch golf shows starring top players and coaches.

The event aims to raise money for the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, which supports those affected by cancer.

Among the sporting stars at Golf Live will be Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie and fellow European Tour stars Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen, coach Simon Holmes, professional long driving champion Joe Miller and trick shot artist Paul Barrington.

Presenters Ant and Dec will also be making an appearenced on Saturday, competing in skills challenges with Montgomerie.

Plans for 'Ice Arena of Wales' approved

Plans for an "Ice Arena of Wales' which will have two rinks have been approved by Cardiff Council. Credit: Greenbank Partnerships

Plans have been approved for an "Ice Arena of Wales" to be built at the sports village in Cardiff Bay.

The city's planning committee voted for the go-ahead of the project which could bring 90 new jobs to the area.

The arena would have two ice pads, one for the Cardiff Devils hockey team which would seat 3,000, and another for the general public. The rinks could also be used for other sporting events.

The Ice Arena will replace the temporary rink which will be demolished once the new building is up and running. Work is due to begin this year for completion in 2014.

One of the rinks to be built at the arena will be used for Cardiff Devils hockey matches. Credit: Greenbank Partnerships

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Downing St visit "a fabulous reward" for World Winter Games skier

"This is a fabulous reward and opportunity for our seven skiers who represented Great Britain in South Korea at the World Winter Games with such pride, passion and honour.

"It was a record number of medals that our team brought home and each one of our skiers performed at their very own personal best.

"We are so proud of our Special Olympics GB ski team and this Downing Street event is a fitting conclusion."

– Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB CEO

Llanelli skier Elizabeth Allen heads for Downing Street

The black door of 10 Downing Street Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Llanelli's Elizabeth Allen will celebrate her success at the recent World Winter Games with a visit to Downing Street today. The athlete has just returned from competition in South Korea where she won two gold medals and one silver at the games.

Elizabeth is one of seven members of the Special Olympics GB's ski team and will be taken on a tour of Downing Street.

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Technology helping visually impaired hit the mark

As a young boy, Lyndon Powell used to shoot at tin cans with his father.

He's still practising the sport - but today he relies on his ears, not his eyes, to hit the target.

Lyndon, who began to lose his sight at the age of 17, is one of many who attend Tondu shooting club.

There, a new facility is helping blind and visually impaired people enjoy shooting practice.

Nicola Hendy went to meet them.

Visual impairment "no difference" for shooting

"Visually impaired people and shooting sounds a strange combination but it is really happening and we are all very excited.

This is one of the very few facilities available for people with a visual impairment around. I've had a go and for the first time the fact that I am completely blind made no difference. It was a completely level playing field. I managed to score four bulls-eyes out of five!"

– Julie Thomas, chair of visually impaired society Bridgevis

New kit for visually impaired shooting

The old range at Tondu Target Shooting Club has been adapted for the visually impaired Credit: Tondu Target Shooting Club

A brand new shooting range for the visually impaired is being opened today in Bridgend. Specially adapted equipment using lights and sound technology allows shooters to hit their targets.

The new facility at Tondu Target Shooting Club - which has existed under various names since the 19th century - has been launched with the help of Julie Thomas, who lost her sight four years ago.

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Bristol renew Bridgend rivalry

The dawn of rugby's professional era in the 1990s put an end to many long established fixtures in the calendar. But historic cross-border rivalries will be renewed tomorrow when Bristol travel over the Severn bridge to take on Bridgend in the British & Irish Cup.

Our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth has been digging into the past to find out what made this clash so special.

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