The Athletes’ Commission is an important part of preparation, established 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 Commonwealth Games.
The group of athletes, drawn from a broad range of sports, will work with CGW board members to provide feedback on a variety of athlete topics and issues. The group comprises of:
Jacob Edwrads – Gymnastics
‘’I’m extremely delighted to have been selected for this cycles Team Wales Athletes Committee! I really look forward to being a part of this, and cannot wait to get started!
It’s an honour to have been selected, and I will do everything possible, alongside all the other amazing athletes on the committee, to ensure all athletes across all sports can have the best possible build up towards Victoria 2026. Cymru Am Byth.’’
Bethan Davies – Athletics
“I’m thrilled to have been chosen to represent Athletics on the AC for a second Commonwealth Games cycle. I am really looking forward to working alongside such a fantastic group of athletes and acting as the AC’s link to the Sport Wales Athlete’s Panel. Hopefully together we can ensure that as many as possible of Wales’ athletes are represented and have influence in Welsh sports decision making processes.”
Will Roberts – Cycling
‘‘I am extremely humbled to be selected for the Athletes Commission for Team Wales. I have always had a huge sense of pride representing Wales. Competing at Birmingham 2022 was the ultimate expression of that. I gained an immense amount of experience preparing for and participating in those Games and feel confident in my ability to share this experience through the Athletes Commission. I am ready to work hard towards Victoria 2026 being THE most successful Games for Wales.’’
Anna Hursey – Table Tennis
”I’m so happy to be part of the Athlete’s Commission, I have loved being involved in the last two Commonwealth Games, and am thankful for the help received. It’s an honour to represent Team Wales. I will do my best to encourage all the Welsh athletes. The Commonwealth Games, Victoria 2026 will be an amazing experience.’’
Sarah Jones – Hockey
”Having represented Wales in three Commonwealth Games, I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to shape what Victoria 2026 will look like for Team Wales athletes. The feeling of representing Team Wales is unrivalled and I am always so proud of the atmosphere that the Athletes Commission helps cultivate. Looking ahead, I’m looking forward to working alongside a brilliant group of athletes from a variety of sports and using our experience to create a memorable and successful Commonwealth Games for Wales.’’
Rosie Eccles – Boxing
”I’m really honoured to be part of the Athletes Commission as the Commonwealth Games hold such a big place in my heart. Birmingham was my last Commonwealth Games, so to now have a voice in helping the next generation to experience what I got to is surely what sport is all about. Full cycle. Bring on Australia.’’
Lily Rice – Para Swimming
“I’m super excited to be part of the athletes commission. I’m looking forward to meeting other athletes from different sports and being able to contribute towards the future of commonwealth sport.’’
Suzy Drane – Netball
”I am delighted to have been named as part of Team Wales’ Athletes Commission to support this Commonwealth Games cycle. I look forward to working alongside athletes from a variety of sports and use my experiences to contribute to the preparation and success for Team Wales in Victoria 2026. I am excited to get started and see what the next three years brings.’’
Ross Owen – Lawn Bowls
”I am absolutely honoured and delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the AC for Team Wales. I am excited at the opportunity to be promoting voice for athletes leading upto the 2026 Games.’’
Jasmine Joyce – Rugby Sevens
”So grateful once again for this opportunity. Really enjoying working with CWG and everyone who is involved. Looking forward to helping out and getting stuck in.’’
Morgan Jones – Para Athletics
”I’m really proud and honoured to be included on the Athlete’s Commission. I’m excited to be involved over the next cycle and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to represent para sport on the AC.”
Georgia Davies – Swimming
”It’s such a huge honour to become part of the Team Wales Athletes Commission. I proudly represented Wales at three Commonwealth Games, and received unwavering support from Team Wales for the duration of my swimming career, so having now retired, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to remain involved with an organisation I think so highly of, and to support the next generation of Welsh athletes in performing to their absolute best, helping them create some unforgettable memories in the process.’’
David Phelps – Shooting
”I’m overjoyed to have been selected again, for my final term, to be part of Team Wales Athletes Commission. The opportunity to take part in the journey to Victoria 2026, and help shape what that will look like is an absolute privilege, that I treasure.
With being a part of Team Wales Athletes Commission, I look forward to working with fellow athletes from a variety of sports, bringing together all that knowledge and experience to give Team Wales Athletes the very best experience. Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games will be a further evolution of the new games delivery model with groups of sports housed and competing in regional hubs, this bring new challenges to over come, new ideas to bring the team together whilst half way round the world.
I’m excited by the challenge and the hard work this will require, because I always want the best for the team.’’