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Sprinter Olivia Breen became the first female to win a track and field gold for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 32 years after triumphing in the final of the T37/38 100 metres in Birmingham. Breen ran a personal best to get the better of GB Paralympic teammate Sophie Hahn.
Having always had a passion for sport, Livvy’s International track and field career took off when she was classified as a T38 athlete in 2012. She made a name for herself at the London 2012 Paralympic games where she raced in the 100m and 200m sprint and helped the Team bring home a bronze medal. Since, she has represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games, competed at European and World Championships and the Paralympics.
Olivia contracted a Meningitis type illness at birth which left her in the Special Care Baby Unit at Guildford Hospital for a month. She left the hospital with her twin brother Daniel but didn’t thrive and was late reaching all her milestones. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at aged 2. She is also hearing impaired and has some learning difficulties.
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