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Swansea City's Michu

The Premier League and the Championship have both crashed into our summer of sporting action and the seasonal cross-over is at its most prominent.

International cricket returns to Cardiff, the rugby season prepares to launch and the Paralympics continue where the Olympics left off.

The Red shirted Cardiff City won their first game before the, also red-shirted, Swansea City did the same. This week on Sport Wales we hook up with the man who started the 5 goal rout at Loftus Road, Spanish midfielder Michu.

Signed for £2m from Rayo Vallecano over the summer by the new Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, Miguel Pérez Cuesta - to give him his full title - took just 90 minutes to prove he could fill the void left by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Michu, aided by able translator Fedde Bessone, tells us about his time in La Liga and how he's settling into life in South Wales.

If Michu had big shoes to fill in the Swans midfield, then the Paralympics have a tough act to follow after the Olympic Games.

11 days of sporting action again descend on the British capital next week as the Welsh competitors in Paralympic GB look to continue a tradition of excellence at these games.

Nathan Stephens
Paralympian Nathan Stephens is featured on this week's Sport Wales

On Sport Wales we look back on the Paralympic successes of the past and speak to the Welsh medal contenders at these games to find out why Wales does so well in Paralympic Sport. Cyclist Mark Colbourne, Javelin thrower Nathan Stephens and Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson all have their say.

We're also hitting the road, or to be more precise presenter Dot Davies is hitting the road, to meet up with all four coaches of the Welsh regional rugby sides ahead of next Friday's start to the Rabo Direct Pro 12 season.

Dot will be chatting with Darren Edwards at the Dragons, Phil Davies of the Blues, Steve Tandy from the defending champions The Ospreys and the new man at the Scarlets, Simon Easterby. Hopefully Dot will have time for a coffee break at Sarn Park Services on the way through!

A more poignant road-trip has been undertaken by 20 cyclists this week in memory of the late Glamorgan and Surrey batsman Tom Maynard.

Tom's two club sides met on Tuesday for the first time since his death; memories and tributes merged on an emotional evening in central London.

Tom's father Matthew was joined by former Glamorgan captain Steve James and former England skipper Andrew Flintoff among others as they raised money for the Tom Maynard Trust by riding from Cardiff to the Oval.

Maynard was one of two promising Welsh cricketers who broke into the Glamorgan 2nd XI in 2005. James Harris was the other. Both had progressed to England Lions level before Tom's untimely death.

This week we meet up with Harris to talk through his successes on the field this year and to chat about his memories of his friend.

Sport Wales, BBC Two Wales, Friday, 24 August 19:00 BST.

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