INTERNATIONAL sporting success runs deep in one family.
Most families would be delighted to have one Wales international in their ranks, but a household in Hawarden has three.
Danielle Oates has been capped at women’s football for Wales under 19s, while younger brothers Scott and Andrew have both turned out for Wales at badminton.
The Hawarden High School pupils have been rewarded for years of dedication by establishing themselves on the international circuit.
Mum Alyson said: “We are extremely proud of all of them.
“They have all been very dedicated to it.
“There has been a lot of sacrificies we have had to make and most evenings we have had to take them training. Danielle goes off to Blackburn three nights a week.
“But it has been worth it.”
Danielle, 18, is on the fringes of making the full Wales side after establishing herself in the youth ranks, while playing for Blackburn Rovers Ladies.
She was recognised for her endeavours by winning a category in last year’s Flintshire Sports Personality of the Year awards.
Scott, 14, also looked like he could make it in football after being scouted by Liverpool and Manchester United as a boy.
Although still playing football for Hawarden Rangers, much of his focus is now on badminton.
Scott and brother Andrew, 13, both turn out for Wales in the sport.
Both boys also play cricket for Northop Cricket Club and North-East Wales, with Andrew representing North Wales.
Their achievements are perhaps not surprising as they may have sporting talent in their genes.
Alyson coaches badminton while husband Steve is a cricket coach.
Steve’s son from a previous marriage, Gareth, has also represented Wales at badminton.
It is perhaps unsurprising there is friendly sporting rivalry in the family.
“Our children do get very competitive with each other,” added Alyson.
“We’ve always encouraged them at sport and they have always been talented.”
With Scott and Andrew facing trips abroad to play badminton for Wales in the coming weeks, Alyson is now appealing for sponsors to help cover the costs.
Anyone interested should call Mrs Oates on 07707 069403.