Wales’ motto, “Gorau Chwarae, Cyd Chwarae”, transposed into the social media hashtag, #togetherstronger epitomised the dragons’ approach to their Euro 2016 campaign.
The debutants were underdogs from the start, but exceeded all expectations by defeating all odds firstly by toppings their group and then pulling off a miraculous victory against second ranked, Belgium, at the quarter finals, finding themselves just 90 minutes away from a place in the final. But Wales’ dream was cut just short of the line by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and an invigorated Portugal team at the semis. With the final score set at 2-0 it could have been worse, but Wales didn’t manage to find the spark that they had shown in previous games and were unable to write themselves the fairy tale ending we were all hoping for.
Oh how nice the title of “finalists” would have been, but Chris Coleman’s men exit the tournament a unified and proud collective and returned home to an unprecedented heroes welcome.
The unity that this team has brought to our small nation eclipses anything I have ever witnessed or experience before, and not even Wales’ rugby endeavours has ever come anywhere close.
We are all so very proud of them and there is no question that an entirely new generation of sports men and women will be inspired by what this exceptional group of players have achieved on our behalf.
#TogetherStronger #YmaOHyd #CymruAmByth
Highlights of Wales’ Euro2016 campaign through the medium of gingerbread:
Home coming parade, Cardiff