The Wales Deaf team were crowned double world champions after winning the World Deaf Rugby Sevens title for the second-time. In their first major tournament since 2002, Wales defeated England Deaf 21-15 in the final in Sydney, Australia.
18-year-old Ryan Foot from Fishguard studies Marine Engineering at Pembrokeshire College, and is the youngest player amongst the Welsh team. He was overwhelmed with emotion when his team claimed the win.
The accomplishments of the players, the staff and the team are memories that Ryan will cherish for life, “No words can describe how it felt when we won – it was an unbelievably happy and emotional moment for the whole team”.
According to Ryan, the tournament is proof that disabilities do not have to define you, and that despite the challenges, anyone has the potential to achieve their dreams, “Having a hearing impairment has not stopped me from doing what I love – I know I can achieve any goal that I set myself”.
Ryan is incredibly proud to represent the College and Pembrokeshire on an international scale, and has received an overwhelming amount of support from everyone across the county.
He hopes that their win will continue the efforts to raise awareness of deaf rugby across the globe.