WILLIAMS Rhys < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Wales   
Gender Men
Born 27 Feb 1984 in Bridgend, WAL
Height1.85 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Cardiff, WAL
Occupation Athlete, Medical Professional
Languages Welsh, English
Higher education Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? He started out running cross-country but knew the distance was too far for him.
Club / Team Cardiff AAC: Wales
Name of coach Adrian Thomas
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Championships
Location Helsinki
General Interest
Injuries He missed out on competing at the 2008 Olympic Games due to a stress fracture in his right foot. He suffered the injury during the Welsh Championships in June 2008. (news.bbc.co.uk, 17 Jun 2008)

After the 2006 European Championships he had four stress fractures and had the bone underneath his big toe removed. That kept him from walking normally for about 50 weeks. (runnerslife.co.uk, 27 Jan 2011)
Other sports He was Welsh U16 100m backstroke champion and a member of the Welsh U16 rugby squad before switching to athletics. (melbourne2006.com.au, 26 Mar 2006)
Famous relatives His father JJ Williams represented Wales and the British and Irish Lions in rugby and was also an international sprinter. His older brother ran internationally. (independent.co.uk, 31 May 2009; runnerslife.co.uk, 27 Jan 2011)
Other information OCCUPATION
He works about 20 hours a week for an orthopaedic company in Cardiff, Wales, called Hospital Innovations. (walesonline.co.uk, 10 Jun 2013)