Cwmbran Stadium suite renamed in paralympic star's honour

South Wales Argus: Cwmbran Stadium suite renamed in paralympic star's honour Cwmbran Stadium suite renamed in paralympic star's honour

CWMBRAN Stadium bosses yesterday paid tribute to Paralympic hero Chris Hallam by renaming a suite in his honour.

The wheelchair athlete competed in four Paralympic Games and won gold in the 50m breaststroke event at the 1984 games in Stoke Mandeville.

He trained at Cwmbran Stadium in Henllys Way with his dad John after a road crash left him in a wheelchair aged 17. The cancer-hit athlete died in August aged 50.

His father John Hallam, 79, said: “He used to do sprints to start with and he then graduated to marathons.

“When he won his first marathon he said to me ‘Look dad, I’m running again.’”

His friend, former Paralympian John Harris, 68, said: “Chris was just the absolute ultimate as an athlete.

“Every disabled kid wants to be Chris Hallam. He was a hero.

“In this country he held every record from 100m to marathons. It was amazing.”

Torfaen Leisure Trust, which runs the stadium, said they had renamed the suite in recognition of Chris’ dedication to the world of sport.

His sister, Julie Martin, 48, added: “Everything started here for him with the swimming and then obviously with the track and the weights. He would be proud they honoured him in this way.”

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4:46am Fri 13 Dec 13

RobJ says...

Nice one.
Nice one. RobJ

7:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Fionacross says...

This was a lovely and fitting idea. I know the family were very touch. It would be appreciated if some credit were given to Mr Rob Pike from Coed Eva who put this suggestion to the board and helped the trust discuss the suggestion with his family. Mr Pike also attended the event with his family and was pleased the trust agreed with honouring Chris Hallam, his former friend and neighbour.
This was a lovely and fitting idea. I know the family were very touch. It would be appreciated if some credit were given to Mr Rob Pike from Coed Eva who put this suggestion to the board and helped the trust discuss the suggestion with his family. Mr Pike also attended the event with his family and was pleased the trust agreed with honouring Chris Hallam, his former friend and neighbour. Fionacross

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