Wales welcomes Team from Games

Supporters congratulated the success of Team Wales. Credits: CNP

36 medals, including 10 Golds, is the best ever achievement for Wales.Yesterday evening, members of Team Wales were welcomed with a homecoming at the Senedd to celebrate their success. Families, friends and supporters came to share the joyfulness with the team.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said at the event: “Thanks very much for all you have done for Wales, and not for just what you have done for our country, but what you’ve done for so many people out there, who look at you as an example. There is somebody in Wales this evening who says I am inspired, I want to take part and I want to be somebody who could beat to the highest level. I just want to say we are so proud of what you achieved.”

Carwyn Jones celebrated the homecoming with Team Wales. Credits: CNP

By breaking the game’s record in the long jump with her new personal best of 4.86 meters, Olivia Breen won a gold medal in Women’s T38 Long Jump and a bronze medal in Women’s T38 100m at the Gold Coast games in 2018.

Olivia Breen with her gold medal. Credits: CNP

James Ledger expressed his feeling being an athlete at Gold Coast 2018: “To experience that atmosphere at Carrara stadium was phenomenal. To have 35 thousands of people shouting your name was quite an experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better first game really and it just made me more motivated to do it all again now. Hopefully I can do it again in Birmingham and Tokyo in 2020.”

Richard Ledger, the athlete’s father, shared his view as well: “It’s years of dedication that got these lads to this position. It’s not that they turned up and went to the games. The last eight to ten years have been solid training and effort. And it’s nice to see them being repaid with something on such a world stage to see them achieve something they’ve worked really hard for.”

(left) James Ball with his mother & (right) James Ledger with his father. CNP

Cathy Williams, Games Manager for Team Wales finds out that the mixture of athletes in the team is quite remarkable. The team has the youngest athlete at the games, 11-year-old table tennis player Anna Hursey, who does immensely well and experienced athlete like David Phelps, who came back with one gold on his 41st birthday. “It just shows that you are never too young or too old to compete,” said Cathy Williams.

The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham in 2022.

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