Commonwealth Games Wales


Queen's Baton visits legendary locations on last leg of Welsh tour

Date: 7th Sep 2017

The final day of the Queen's Baton Relay in Wales on Friday (8th of September) features some of North West Wales' legendary places, people and attractions.

Coinciding with Visit Wales' Year of Legends campaign, the Baton is spending 4 days in Wales as part of a 388 day tour of all Commonwealth nations. The last day of the Relay's Welsh leg will start at the iconic 13th century castle at Dolwyddelan. It will then go on to the world's largest zip zone in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where it will be taken down Zip World Titan's three zip lines, covering over 8,000 metres in…

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Full day of festivities as Queen's Baton reaches Powys

Date: 6th Sep 2017

A full day of festivities is planned as the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton reaches Powys on the third of its 4 day tour of Wales. 

The day kicks off at Christ College in Brecon where the Baton will be greeted at the full school assembly with special guest Kirsty Williams AM before a relay with local primary schools.

The route will then travel north to Rhayader where local people can come along to enjoy a spectacular carnival parade involving community groups, 300 school children, themed costumes, circus performances, an elevated dragon sculpture and even giant sheep…

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Queen's Baton Relay comes full circle on second day in Wales

Date: 5th Sep 2017

On Day 2 (Wednesday September 6th) of the Queen’s Baton Relay around Wales, the Baton for the Gold Coast Commonweath Games 2018 will come face to face with the very first Queen’s Baton which started life in Wales as the prelude to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958, and continues to be a symbol of peace and harmony through participation in sport.

The Queen’s Baton arrived in Wales on Tuesday, and carried by Batonbearers from Swansea to Cardiff via Bridgend and Barry. First thing on Wednesday it makes its way from Coronation Park, Newport…

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First Minister Greets Queen's Baton Relay arrival in Wales

Date: 4th Sep 2017

First Minister Carwyn Jones will greet the arrival of the Queen’s Baton in Wales on Tuesday September 5th, Day 1 of its Relay throughout the country.

The Queen’s Baton, the familiar prelude to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games enters Wales by boat into the Mumbles, Swansea at 7.30 on Tuesday morning, before being carried by a variety of Batonbearers via the National Waterfront Museum to Bridgend, where it will be welcomed by the First Minister at the offices of CGI, one of the largest ICT employers in Wales, and partner to Team Wales.

The First Minister said: “I’m…

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Welsh Batonbearers revealed ahead of next week's Baton Relay

Date: 31st Aug 2017

Past and present sporting greats, community ambassadors and Welsh celebrities are among the 130+ outstanding individuals who will carry the Queen's Baton when it comes to Wales next week.

Selected for their community contribution and achievement in the world of sport, education, arts & culture, the Welsh batonbearers will be taking part in a four day tour of Wales.

Batonbearers were nominated locally, and the final selection was made by Commonwealth Games Wales.

Commonwealth Games Wales Chair, Helen Phillips said: "It's a great honour to be chosen as a batonbearer, and…

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Welsh Netball and Men's Rugby 7s selected for 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Date: 25th Jul 2017

Commonwealth Games Wales have today confirmed that the Wales netball team and men's Rugby 7s will be competing at next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Netball and men's rugby 7s are the first team sport to be selected for a place in the Team Wales squad at next year's Games, having met the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) qualification requirements.

The Wales netball team retained their 8th position in the International Netball Federation's World Rankings, making them eligible for a place at the 2018 Games alongside 11 other teams.

The Welsh men's rugby 7s…

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13 medals for Team Wales at Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games

Date: 24th Jul 2017

The Welsh women's rugby sevens squad won the first medal ever for Team Wales in a team event at a Commonwealth Games or Youth Games. They lost their first game against Canada, but went on…

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Bridgend swimmer selected as flagbearer for Team Wales at Commonwealth Youth Games opening ceremony

Date: 18th Jul 2017

Swimmer Rebecca Sutton from Bridgend has been selected by Team Wales to fly the Welsh flag at the opening ceremony of this week's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Chef de Mission, Gerwyn Owen, made the announcement this morning (Tuesday 18th July) ahead of tonight's spectacular ceremony. 

The selection was made following nominations from the National Governing Bodies of the six Welsh sports attending the Games.

Gerwyn said: "Rebecca has already shown her pedigree by being a multi-medallist at the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa 2015.

"Her double silver in…

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Team Wales works with fashion students on Commonwealth Games kit

Date: 21st Jun 2017

Commonwealth Games Wales has teamed up with the University of South Wales to design elements of the kit for Team Wales athletes travelling to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast. Wales will send a team of around 200 athletes to the games, kitted out in leggings that have been designed by winning student Meghan Bentley, and produced in Wales. 

A fashion design competition was launched offering USW students a chance to represent the nation and stand in the global spotlight by designing Team Wales’ leggings. On choosing to join forces with the Unive…

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39 athletes selected to compete for Team Wales at 2017 Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games

Date: 16th May 2017

Commonwealth Games Wales have today announced that 39 young athletes will represent Team Wales in this year's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Nominations were made by the national governing bodies responsible for each of the six sports in which Wales will compete at the Games held betwewn 18-23 July – namely swimming, athletics, boxing, judo, tennis and women's rugby 7s.

The Chair of the Commonwealth Games Wales Board today officially confirmed the team of athletes who have been selected, subject to an appeals process.

A squad of 12 will travel to the Bahamas…

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One year to go to Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Date: 4th Apr 2017

In exactly one year to today (Tuesday 4 April), around 300 Welsh athletes along with coaches, managers and Team Wales officials will be attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony – the start of 11 days of competing in Gold Coast, Australia. All athletes and teams are now trying to qualify for selection to represent Wales in Gold Coast. 

Team Wales won a record 36 medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and preparations are now well underway to make sure that each athlete realises their highest potential and that Team Wales achieves its best perfor…

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UKAD news release: New Clean Games Policy Launched

Date: 3rd Apr 2017

A new “Clean Games Policy”, facilitated by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has resulted in anti-doping education now becoming a mandatory requirement for all athletes and athlete support personnel who will be part of any Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games team.

The British Olympic Association (BOA), British Paralympic Association (BPA), Commonwealth Games England (CGE), Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), Commonwealth Games Wales (CGW) and Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) have all showed their firm commitment to protecting clean sport by formally sig…

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New appointments to Team Wales ahead of Gold Coast

Date: 17th Mar 2017

With just over a year to to until the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Team Wales has made several appointments to join the HQ staff who will be supporting our athletes. 

Joining General Team Manager and Media Lead Ashleigh Crowter, will be Elliw Williams (currently Commonwealth Games Wales PR consultant) who'll be responsible for media liaison and content, as well as Jess Magness who will be responsible for the 'medal run' (Team Wales athlete/media liaison) and Murry Toms who will be in charge of social media production.

Cath Shearer has been appointed to the HQ…

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Team Wales announces Welsh route of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

Date: 13th Mar 2017

As part of today’s Commonwealth Day celebrations, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sets the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in motion during a star-studded commencement ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 

Here at home, Team Wales has announced that the Queen’s Baton will visit several communities in Wales in September 2017 during its 388-day journey through the entire Commonwealth. In total, the Baton will cover 230,000 kilometres en route to its final destination, the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth…

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CGW reacts to news that Durban will no longer host 2022 Games

Date: 13th Mar 2017

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today (Monday, 13 March 2017) announced that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer be held in the South African city of Durban, stating that the required criteria to host the Games had not been met. 

The search for a new host city has already begun, and the CGF are confident that an alternative will be found. An announcement is expected by the end of the year. 

Reacting to the news, Helen Phillips, Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales said: 

"We are disappointed that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer be held in Durban…

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Borobi the blue koala visits Rhondda, Cardiff and Barry Island ahead of 2018 Gold Coast Games

Date: 10th Mar 2017

School children and local people in Rhondda, Cardiff and Barry had a rare chance to meet a blue koala today, when Borobi - the 2018 Commonwealth Games mascot – visited Wales.

With just over 12 months to go until the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the friendly mascot enjoyed a warm Welsh welcome. He also got to experience the excitement that's already building up in Wales ahead of the 2018 Games.

Guided by hosts from Team Wales, Borobi's visit kicked off with a song and dance extravaganza at Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda, Porth where he was greeted by Welsh…

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Team Wales announces Kurrawa Surf Club as Welsh Centre during 2018 Games

Date: 26th Jan 2017

Team Wales have today announced the location of a supporters' hub when they attend the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year. 

It has been confirmed that Kurrawa Surf Club will be home to the Welsh Centre during the 2018 Games. This is where Team Wales supporters from all over the globe can gather to socialise and watch events.

Kurrawa Surf Club is located in the heart of Broadbeach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment, which will see a brand new state of the art facility completed by the end of 2017. 

The new…

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Gerwyn gets top job for Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games

Date: 3rd Jan 2017

Commonwealth Games Wales (CGW) have announced the appointment of Gerwyn Owen as Chef de Mission for the 2017 Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games.

Gerwyn will carry out the voluntary role in addition to his full time employment as Academy Manager for Disability Sport Wales based at Plas Menai near Caernarfon. He brings with him 14 years' experience of working in the field of sport and developing young talented athletes in Wales.   

It will be a busy 2017 for Gerwyn, who has also been appointed to the senior management team for the next main Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast…

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Wales Makes History at the World Bowls Championships

Date: 21st Dec 2016

Laura Daniels and Jess Sims made history for Wales at the championships by winning Gold in the women’s pairs final against New Zealand. Along with this fantastic result, Emma Woodcock, Anwen Butten and Kathy Pearce won the Silver medal for the women’s triples against Australia…

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Date: 21st Nov 2016

Team Wales preparations are now well underway for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in 500 days, with the establishment of an Athletes’ Commission to directly connect the athletes with Commonwealth Games Wales (CGW), the national body responsible for selecting and sending elite athletes to compete for Wales at the Games.

The group of athletes, drawn from a broad range of sports, will work with CGW board member Frankie Jones, Wales’ most decorated athlete and gymnast from a single Games in Glasgow, to provide feedback on a variety of athlete issues…

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Team Wales strengthens leadership ahead of 2018 Games

Date: 9th Nov 2016

Ashleigh Crowter has been appointed General Team Manager responsible for media and communications, whilst Gerwyn Owen will be the General Team Manager with overall responsibility for performance. Gerwyn will also take the additional role of Deputy Chef de Mission. Both will be working closely with Team Wales Chef de Mission, Prof. Nicola Phillips, as well as the Board and staff of Commonwealth Games…

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Team Wales appointments build towards Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Date: 25th Oct 2016

Team Wales preparations are now well underway for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, with two latest additions to the Team.

Commonwealth Games Wales (CGW) has announced the appointment of Dr. Gareth Jones as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Sian Knott as Head Physiotherapist in the run up, during and after Gold Coast. Gareth will provide overall leadership and management of the Medical Services Team at the Games in an expanded role that will now involve working closely with Sian on the development of a succession plan for Team Wales medical staff…

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