Welsh Sports Association For People With Learning Disabilities (WSAPLD)
  • WSAPLD was founded in 1981 and is closely associated with the Federation of Disability Sport Wales.
  • Competitors from the North and South Wales Regions, who number almost 700, take part in a wide range of sporting and fitness events.
  • Competition in Athletics and Swimming is based on a banding system which ensures equally matched events.
  • This provides sports and social opportunities for more severely disabled athletes.
  • There are also many fun based, fitness activities which cater for less able competitors.
  • Higher abilities and Elite athletes have opportunities for extra squad training and selection for National and International events.

Most importantly - it is all about participation and enjoyment.


Well, 2020 certainly was a year to remember but not for any good reasons. 
We hope that you are all slowly getting back to some form of 'normality' and we look forward to a time when we can all meet up again at one of our events.

In the background WSAPLD has been undergoing some major changes. 
After many years of dedicated service to the Association and our athletes, Mrs Jane Coia has decided to step down as Chairman. She will be greatly missed by all and we hope she will not be a stranger at our events. 

We are pleased to welcome Mr David Jenkins as our new Chairman. 
David is the Head at Ty Coch School and is keen to move the Association forward.


Over the past year I have received information from 'Disabled Living' . An Association who have been holding 'Virtual' events over the country. As this particular edition mentions Wales, I thought some of you may be interested in finding out more. 
I haven't been involved personally, so cannot recommend  but think it may be of value at this time .

Thank you for joining us!

A massive thank you to all those who joined us for our second
Venue to Virtual this week. The feedback from those who attended has been overwhelming...

What our visitors had to say...

Missed the live show? Don't worry...

Don’t worry if you missed any of the presentations, they will all remain on the site until 31st March, and although the Q&A chat facility will no longer be live, you can still contact all the exhibitors directly through the ‘Click & Connect.’
Simply register to access the site – its FREE!

Register Here!
View the Showguide Here!

Dates for your diary

We are planning to hold more virtual events in the future. Watch this space for updates!


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It is with deep sadness that we say good bye to a true friend of our Association,

Dilys Price OBE.

I had the great privilege of working with Dilys in the late 70’s and early 80’s when she would bring her students along to Ty Gwyn Special School where I taught. We became great friends and she was very instrumental in developing the drive and determination I was to have for developing Sport for People with Learning Disabilities.

I have very fond memories of seeing her young students, some soon to be Welsh International Rugby Players, quietly holding a pupil with severe special needs and gently moving them in time to the music.

Dilys became an intrinsic part of WSAPLD in its former years, organising training courses in adapted physical education including dance & movement, athletics, gymnastics and her first love – Touch Therapy. She included the organisation of an athletics event into her curriculum and her students hosted many a South Glamorgan Special Schools Sports Day and WSAPLD Regional event at Cyncoed College in Cardiff.

Dilys taught me to play squash, though I never could beat her, tried to coax me into sky diving, a non-starter but always stood behind me with a wealth of experience in the early days of the Association’s growth. 

Dilys taught us to believe in the ability of our pupils and not focus on the disability.

Her impact on the lives of Special Children was immense and her achievements, personality and essence will be remembered by many always.

Sue Robinson    Chair WSAPLD South Wales Region

Due to the ongoing pandemic that we are all going through at this time, 
all WSAPLD events in the South Wales Region have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Discussions and plans for the development of the Association are still ongoing and we are looking to a brighter future ahead.
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well and look forward to getting together again in happier times.  

WJA Adaptive Training and Come and try JUDO day

Sunday 16th February. WJA Adaptive Training and VI.

1200 TO 1500hrs.

Sport Wales Dojo, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Come and train with our special guest coaches.

Mr David Starbrook MBE, 9th Dan, Olympic Medalist.

Miss Stephanie Allen, 2020 Miss Wales Finalist.

Plus many other experienced coaches.

This session is also a come and try judo day, all welcome.

See you all there, beginners welcome, fun/confidence/skill/ healthy.

come along and watch or go on the mat and enjoy.




Janice Eaglesham MBE.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Janice Eaglesham MBE.
Janice was one of the leading members of UKSA & SDS and for many years was involved in all levels 
of coaching and competition for people with a disability.
Whenever we held a National Games in Wales, Janice would bring her 'Red Star' Team along to compete as an 'Invitation' entry. 
She will be sadly missed by all who had known her and a great loss to Disability Sport. 

In 2016, she and her husband Ian both received MBEs for services to disability sport. 
They were recognised as Unsung Heroes by the BBC at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards in 2011. 
They carried the Olympic/Paralympic Torch in 2012 and received countless other accolades. 

CEO of Scottish athletics, Mark Munro, said: “Janice has had a massive impact on athletics in Scotland, 

Scottish athletics, and disability sport across Scotland and the UK. A phenomenal inspiration to hundreds of athletes and volunteers.”

Double paralympic gold medalist Richard Whitehead also paid tribute, writing: “Janice was a great advocate for empowering young people through sport. Those that were touched by her enthusiasm and drive will be her legacy for generations to come.”



On behalf of Hockey Wales, I am letting you know about our launch of Flyerz Hockey, an inclusive hockey pathway for individuals 

with a learning disability.


We believe that Hockey is for all, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to have a quality experience of Hockey.


We are launching Flyerz Hockey with Penarth Ladies Hockey Club, who are welcoming both males and females, who would like to give Hockey a go.


All details are attached, and we would appreciate it if you’d be able to share it with your audience at Welsh Sports Association For People With Learning Disabilities.


Please also read more details here:


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Kind regards

                        Hannah Bevan

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If you are interested in Taekwondo - please contact 


for more information.


Jon Morgan

CEO of Disability Sport Wales

June 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the ‘stepping down’ of Jon Morgan following many years of working together for disability sport.

We, in the Association, have seen Jon grow and develop throughout his career and have been privileged to be a part

of the huge difference that he has made to sport for the disabled.

We shall miss him greatly, not only for the support which he has given to this Association

through his role as CEO of DSW but for the personal support and advice he has given specifically to our committee and membership.

We hope that he will still be a welcome attender at our events and wish him every success for the future.


Our Association and First Choice Housing Association

First Choice Housing Association is raising money for Welsh Sports Association For People With Learning Disabilities (WSAPLD) 
by participating in the Survival Of The Fittest Challenge in Cardiff Bay on 27th September 2015.

Participants will endure a 10km / 6.2 mile run, where they will have to conquer 10m walls, ice bathes, cargo nets, travelators
and many more. See a full list of obstacles here:

You can sponsor the team here:

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