South West Wales

Swansea coach helps cheerleaders win top international prize

Welsh Paracheer Unified Freestyle Pom team Image copyright Swansea council
Image caption Gemma Whyley (front left) said winning was a "dream come true"

A Swansea coach has helped lead a Welsh team to glory at an international cheerleading competition.

Gemma Whyley, 28, was one of two coaches involved with the Welsh Paracheer Unified Freestyle Pom team that won gold at the ICU Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.

A quarter of the team has physical disabilities.

Ms Whyley said: "Winning Wales' ever first gold in cheerleading was a dream come true."

"The build-up from January this year was pretty intense but all the hard work paid off in the end.

"It's something we'll all remember for the rest of our lives."