Mark Andrew Jones has stepped down from his role as the team manager of Wales Wheelchair Rugby League, a post he’s held since late 2013.
Jones, commonly known to all as MAJ, was also involved in the North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair side from its inception and has team managed Wales through two World Cups and all six Celtic Cup campaigns. His dedication and commitment to this role, helped to win him the Volunteer of the Year award at the 2018 Wrexham Sports Awards.
Jones said: “It’s an end of an era for me as I’m stepping down as Team Manager for Wales Wheelchair Rugby League Team after taking over the role in 2013.
When I arrived, we had seven Welsh players and were being soundly beaten by everyone. Over the years we’ve developed players and taken Wales to a ranking of third in the World.
“I’ve been with the team through their Celtic Cup victories and the two World Cups in Toulouse and Sheffield – I’m really proud of all of the players and staff that I’ve worked with, and everything they have achieved and wish Wales all the very best for the future.”
Wales head coach Stephen Jones said: “Many thanks to MAJ for all he’s done for Wales Wheelchair Rugby League. We couldn’t have done our job the way we did, and definitely wouldn’t have been able to progress as much without his hard work. You will be missed mate. Diolch yn fawr.”
A new team manager for the Wales Wheelchair Rugby League side will be announced in due course.