Former Olympian is made a druid
4:57pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Penarth sport
ST CYRES School old boy and Olympic swimmer David Davies has been made an honorary druid at the National Eisteddfod.
The 2004 Athens 1500m bronze and Beijing 10k silver medallist was honoured by the Gorsedd of the Bards in Denbigh on Friday, August 9.
People who are seen to have made a contribution to Welsh culture or society are chosen as new members for the Eisteddfod Druidic Order every year.
The Gorsedd was created in 1792 by scholar Iolo Morganwg.
Honorary druids wear blue for succeeding in the fields of sports, science, law, journalism, media, and local or national activities.
Born in Barry, Davies swam for Wales at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and represented Great Britain at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics.
He held the British Records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles by the end of 2010.
He retired from the sport, aged 27, last year.