Flintshire holds a civic event for Laura Deas
Flintshire County Council was delighted to welcome Olympic medallist Laura Deas
to a civic reception at a recent Council meeting
Laura won the bronze medal for women’s skeleton at the recent Winter Olympics
in Pyeongchang, along with her teammate Lizzy Yarnold who successfully defended
her gold medal. Laura, who grew up in Llanfynydd in Flintshire competed in
equestrian eventing professionally before switching to skeleton. She has also
captained Wales in international tetrathlon competitions and represented North
Wales at hockey.
She took up the sport of women’s skeleton through the Girls4Gold talent
identification programme run by UK Sport.
I came from a sporting background, but definitely not a sprinting one. When I
was selected for the skeleton in 2008, I was pursuing eventing as a career, and
my only running experience had been of muddy fields in cross-country races!
Although it doesnt seem particularly obvious, theres a lot of cross-over
between riding and skeleton because a lot of both sports is about feeling
whats going on underneath you, making quick decisions, having good balance,
timing and rhythm. I think my background in riding really helped me take to
skeleton quite quickly.
Chairman of the Council, Councillor Brian Lloyd, said:
“I am delighted that Laura and her guests were able to join us at County Hall
to congratulate her on her wonderful achievement. It is fitting that her home
county of Flintshire where she grew up gives recognition to her achievements
and this has been our opportunity to formally thank and congratulate her. On
behalf of all of us at Flintshire County Council, I wish Laura great success
for the future.”
Note to editors
Pictured in the attached photograph are the chairman of Flintshire County
Council, Cllr. Brian Lloyd and Laura Deas