THE story of a Powys woman who turned to coaching following injury and helped launch the careers of some of Wales’ most successful athletes is to be told this week.

The new series of Legends of Welsh Sport looks back on some more of the greatest and most inspiring sportsmen and women in Welsh history.

And, with International Women’s Day being celebrated last week, the show, airing on BBC One Wales at 8pm on Wednesday, March 15, looks at the life of Delyth Prothero, from Brecon.


Born on a farm in the Brecon Beacons, Delyth grew up passionate about athletics. After a serious injury ended her competitive career at the discus, Delyth turned her attention to coaching.

By the 1990s, as Wales team manager, she was responsible for some of the biggest names in British athletics – including Colin Jackson, Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch and Matt Elias.

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The programme celebrates Delyth’s understated success with warmth and humour as some of the superstars of Welsh athletics come together to pay tribute to the woman they all fondly called ‘Mam’.

The programme also looks at the role she played in their lives both on and off track, as the athletes tell previously unheard anecdotes describing the highs and the lows of winning medals.

Culminating with a reunion of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay team, the programme discusses the most controversial race in Welsh athletics history.

Modern day computer technology is used to try and finally settle who should have won gold that day: England or Wales?