After 11 days of competition and months, if not years, of hard work and preparation Team Wales athletes have made the history books at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by becoming the most 646-562 successful team to ever compete for Wales.
With a medal haul of 36, including five gold, eleven silver and 20 bronze the man at the helm of the team has hailed praise on the athletes, coaches and support staff that played their part in Team Wales’ success.
20th Commonwealth Games - Day 1 - Thursday 24th July 2014 - Netball - SEEC- Glasgow - UKBrian Davies, Chef de Mission of Team Wales, said;
“Glasgow 2014 has been an outstanding Games for Wales. Surpassing the highest medal tally of 31 collected in the Manchester 2002 Games seemed a long way off when the events began on the 24th July but our athletes have performed outstandingly well and each one to the very best of their ability to bring 36 medals back to Wales.”
And the online casino medal tally is not the only thing that will go down in history for Wales from these Games. Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones started the momentum with five silver medal wins and a gold to top off an outstanding career in the sport and to become Wales’ most decorated gymnast and athlete from a single Games. Wales’ first gold medal in judo was won by Natalie Powell on day three and Craig Pilling’s wrestling bronze medal became the first for the sport at the Commonwealth Games. Boxing equalled their highest medal tally with five from Sean McGoldrick, Joe Cordina, Ashley Williams, Nathan Thorley and Lauren Price, who also became the first Welsh woman to win a Commonwealth Games boxing medal and gymnastics go home with a total of 10 medals 646-563 across the rhythmic and artistic disciplines.
Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales Helen Phillips, the organisation responsible for Team Wales in Glasgow stated:
“It is of course the athletes that put in those medal-winning performances but they have had a world-class team of coaches and support staff behind them, both in the build up to the Games and whilst we’ve been in Glasgow. We’ve all been working to create an outstanding performance environment conducive to success. Aside from the medals won we have witnessed athletes achieve some of their personal best performances and we’ve seen a new crop of performers stepping up on the international stage, which of course bodes well for the Gold Coast 2018 Games less than four years away. We are immensely proud of the team and grateful to all the supporters who travelled to Glasgow to share the many magical moments”
Brian Davies further states:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to express how proud I am of every single member of Team Wales and to thank everyone for their dedication to the team and to their country. I would also like to mention how much we’ve all valued the Welsh support both here and back at home, whilst the crowds in all the venues have also been incredible.”