Commonwealth Games Wales have today revealed the latest tranche of athletes selected to compete at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
93 athletes have been announced across 11 sports, following nomination by the national governing bodies and selection ratification by the Commonwealth Games Wales Board.
They join the 31 athletes already confirmed for weightlifting and para-sports, as announced last year.
This brings the Team Wales athlete total up to 124, with final selections for the remaining sports expected in the coming weeks.
BowlsWales is delighted that 10 of the athletes announced today are bowlers, who will join the 5 para bowlers announced late last year which included Jonathan Hubbard, Raymond Lillycrop, Gilbert Miles, Julie Thomas and Pauline Wilson.
The bowlers joining Team Wales were named today as Anwen Butten, Laura Daniels, Stephen Harris, Ross Owen, Daniel Salmon, Jess Sims, Caroline Taylor, Jonathan Tomlinson, Emma Woodcock and Marc Wyatt.
Helen Phillips, Chair of the Commonwealth Games Wales Board who confirmed the selections, said: “We are very excited about today’s announcement. This marks a major step towards completing the full Team Wales squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“Being selected for Team Wales is a huge honour for these elite athletes, and is a result of all the hard work and dedication that they have already put into training and competing at the highest level of their sport.
“We thank all the coaches and support staff, national governing bodies, Sport Wales – as well as the athletes’ friends and family – who have been instrumental in helping them along the way, and who’ll continue to give their support throughout their journey to, and during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“The Team includes some well-established Welsh sporting champions, as well as highly promising budding talent which reflects the success and progress of sport here in Wales. The standard of athletes across the sports bodes well for a successful games and a continuation of Wales’s presence on the podium for many years to come.”
She added: “We have appointed a fantastic team of experienced officials to support Team Wales athletes heading to the Gold Coast, led by Chef de Mission Prof. Nicola Phillips.
“We, as the Board with the support of the executive team at Commonwealth Games Wales, will continue to work with Nicki’s team to make sure that our athletes have the best possible performance environment to achieve their full potential and win medals for Wales when they get to the Gold Coast.
“We are extremely grateful to our funders, sponsors and partners who are supporting us on the road to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and to all the supporters in Wales and beyond who are getting behind our athletes.”
“As the final preparations continue, we wish all the athletes the very best, and look forward to seeing Team Wales shine in the Gold Coast and inspire those at home to achieve and excel in sport and in other walks of life.”
Congratulations to all representatives from BowlsWales.