Welsh Olympians Lead World Book Day

1 Feb 2013

Double Paralympics medal winner Aled Sion Davies and Olympian swimmer Georgia Davies are the new faces of  World Book Day 2013.

Following their wonderful sporting achievements of 2012, they are putting their faces to the annual reading campaign in Wales. Over 10,000 World Book Day campaign posters featuring the athletes will be distributed throughout Wales in the run-up to World Book Day on 7 March.

Aled, the 21-year-old from Bridgend who claimed two medals at the London 2012 Paralympics  –  winning a bronze in the shot-put before claiming gold in the discus  –  and who is studying at UWIC in Cardiff said, "Playing a part in the World Book Day campaign is a privilege, as reading is a really important skill to have in order to get on in life. I usually read to relax and unwind after training, but as I am studying for my degree it is an essential skill to have. Growing up, I loved Roald Dahl and the  Horrible Histories  series, but nowadays I read a lot of autobiographies of my heroes and enjoy the daily newspapers with my morning coffee."

Georgia, the 22-year old from Swansea, who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women’s 100 metre backstroke  –  qualifying for the semi-finals  –  and who is studying Law at Swansea University, said, "Reading is an important skill whichever job you choose, but it is also a great way to relax after a hard day’s training. I very much enjoy fiction and love books with humour in them too. At school I read  To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee and since then I’ve read it twice because I enjoyed it so much!"

Angharad Tomos, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council, who coordinate World Book Day in Wales, said, "We are thrilled that these talented athletes are supporting the World Book Day campaign, and hopefully we can inspire young people in Wales to read more. Aled and Georgia have achieved so much, not only in their sporting careers but also in the educational field. It shows that you can do anything if you put your mind to it!"

"World Book Day celebrates the importance of reading  –  from books and magazines to newspapers and the internet, reading is a vital life-skill that affects our lives every day. It is important that youngsters are inspired to start reading and we are grateful that Aled and Georgia are leading the way."

World Book Day 2013 will be held on Thursday 7 March with many interesting events and activities taking place across Wales.


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