Anwen Butten announced as Team Wales Captain for Birmingham 2022
With three weeks to go until the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Anwen Butten (Welsh Bowls) has been announced as Team Captain for Team Wales.
Anwen Butten is one of Wales’ most experienced Commonwealth Games athletes, having represented Wales at every Games since 2002. Birmingham 2022 will be her sixth time competing for her country at the world stage event.
She was inspired to play bowls at the age of 13 after watching her mum on the International circuit, and the sport is an integral part of family life with both her parents and her children playing Lawn Bowls.
To celebrate her captaincy, she visited Ysgol Gynradd Dolbadarn (Gwynedd), where Anwen spoke to pupils about her experience at competing at the Commonwealth Games and representing Wales on the global stage.
The school, set in the picturesque setting close to Snowdonia was chosen to complement the story behind the Team Wales kit, with the topography of the mountain representing the 2022 campaign ‘ The summit of our aspirations’.
Anwen Butten, Team Wales Captain said:
“It’s an honour to be asked to Captain Team Wales at Birmingham this summer. As athletes, you prepare yourself to compete and you concentrate on your performance but the truth is, the environment and the team around you makes such a difference.
I’m hoping I can use my experience to support those athletes who might be coming to their first Games, but also help inspire the full team.”
Chris Jenkins, CEO of Commonwealth Games Wales said:
“Anwen epitomises our values and the vision here for Team Wales, with her experience and aspirations. We’re thrilled to have Anwen Captain Team Wales for Birmingham.”