MORE than 150 people turned up to the first ever Welsh Rubik’s Cube Championships where four world records were broken.

Oakdale primary school Rhiw Syr Dafydd primary hosted the event organised by the World Cube Association this weekend.

The school was just one of many host venues across the world that welcomed around 80 competitors from nine countries as part of the championships. And it was the first Welsh venue to hold the competition.

The event saw competitors solve the mechanical puzzles that first became famous in the 1980s. There were a variety of different competitions including a blindfolded puzzle solve.

There were more than 150 people at the event, including 80 competitors from schools across the UK and other countries – with some competitors flying over to Wales to take part.

Steven Potter, one of the teachers who works with pupils on maths and problem solving at the school, helped bring the event to the area.

He said: "It was absolutely fantastic.

"We had four world records broken during the weekend which was fantastic to see. People came from all over the county and we had people fly over from Dublin and stop overnight to come to both days.

“There were many enthusiasts who came over and they were very keen to share their knowledge.

“It was great to see everyone interacting and sharing tips with each other.

"Our pupils did fantastically as well. They have only been learning about the Rubik's Cube since September.

"One lad, Aaron Coleman from Abertillery Comprehensive in Year 11 got 14 seconds on the 3x3 cube.

“I hope it’s something we can take part in again.”

Mr Potter got into using the Rubik's Cube around a year ago and from there decided to teach pupils on how to use on and the different methods of completing it.

He said: "I started learning how to solve the Rubik's Cube and I didn't realise there was such a thing as the cubing events.

"I looked online and saw that there had never been a championship in Wales before so thought it would be good for us."

The school was the first venue in Wales to hold the event, and Mr Potter hopes that it will be able to take part in it again.

"We had a great time," he said.