Ellena makes a big splash at Sheffield schools Games
SWANSEA swimmer Ellena Jones says she is ready to make a splash this season after climbing the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games podium an impressive four times.
The School Games is a major multi-sport event that saw more than 1,600 young athletes competing across 12 differing sports in Sheffield last week.
But despite the high level of talent on show, Jones still managed to stand out from the crowd as she returned home with an impressive medal tally to show for her efforts.
The Swim Swansea starlet kicked things off by winning the 200m freestyle gold, repeating the feat in the 400m freestyle 24 hours later.
But 16-year-old Jones wasn't done there, helping Wales claim bronze medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle team events to take her medal haul to four for her time in the Steel City.
"I'm really, really pleased with how I did at the School Games and I did better than I ever expected myself to do," said the Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil. "It's the start of the season so it's a really good start and it's given me confidence for the rest of the season now.
"I just enjoy the atmosphere of competing in big events like this, getting to watch other sports and talking to other people in different sports, finding about their training and what drives them on, so it's just really fun.
"It was my first School Games and I really enjoyed it. It has set me up for the national competitions later in the year."
There was plenty more success for Swansea to shout about at the games as Gendros Judo Club duo Will Jones and Jodie Newall claimed bronze medals in the boy's -66kg and girl's -70kg events.
And Llanelli's Bryngwyn comprehensive pupil Joe Holt was also celebrating two bronze medals in the cycling as he finished third in the street sprint before returning to the Steel City streets 24 hours later to help Wales onto the podium in the boys' team time trial.
"I came last year and I didn't do the best last year in my first School Games," said 15-year-old Holt. "With last year's experience I came here to do well. I didn't medal last year so I'm chuffed with the two bronze medals as the School Games for me is a big thing."
The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from 12-15 September 2013. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information