Team Wales Gets Together for Commonwealth Youth Games

Athletes in Team Wales competing at this September’s Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa will gather together to receive their Wales kit on July 11 with an opportunity to meet the media at a special Team Day at the University of South Wales’ Trefforest Campus HUB.

The event marks one year on from the record breaking success of Team Wales at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with 1,000 days to go before the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and just over 50 days to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, when the next generation of Team Wales competes for us in Swimming, Weightlifting, Tennis and Archery.

Chef de Mission Prof. Nicola Phillips was deputy in Glasgow, and says: “This is a significant step for the athletes to receive their national colours before they set out for Samoa in a couple of months. For some it will mark the start of their Team Wales journey to Gold Coast.”

Team Wales made history in Glasgow last year with a record medal haul of 36 medals, 5 Gold, 11 Silver and 20 Bronze. Our first Gold Medalist in Glasgow 2014 was rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones who will address the athletes on the 11th. Frankie competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia in 2004, and went on to three consecutive Commonwealth Games, bowing out in Glasgow where she recorded the highest ever individual tally for Wales at one Commonwealth Games. Frankie said: “The best online casino Youth Games provide such a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to gain experience competing at big events, which hopefully helps them develop into Commonwealth Games champions in the future. I took part in the Youth Games in 2004, and it played an invaluable part in my own development.”

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Wales said: “It’s amazing that only a year ago we were looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and then went on to celebrate Team Wales’ best ever performance on this stage. For many of those athletes, the road to success started out at the Commonwealth Youth Games, so we look forward to sending the latest crop of youngsters to represent Team Wales in Samoa in September as we count down to the next Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.”

The athletes have been chosen by Commonwealth Games Wales in collaboration with their sports’ national governing bodies. Team Wales for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa is as follows:

2015 Commonwealth Youth Games – confirmed selections to date:

Rebecca Sutton, Bridgend
Kathryn Greenslade, Preston
Sophie Evans, Swansea
Mari Davies, Caernarfon
Emelia Stevenson, Bridgend

Joe Clark, Guildford
Dan Davies, Pembrokeshire

Team Staff:
Stuart McNarry, Head Coach
Claire Rosser, Lead Team Manager
Gill Jacob, Assistant Team Manager

Catrin Jones, Ellie Pryor, Jordan Sakkas

Team Staff:
Ray Williams, Coach
Barry Eaton, Team Manager

Matthew Story, Joely Lomas, Rebekah O Loughlin

Team Staff:
Chris Lewis, Coach

Ryan Pinder

Dr Rhodri Martin – Chief Medical Officer
Emma Fox – Physiotherapist