Our sportsmen and sportswomen love the Commonwealth Games because it means competing under the Welsh flag.
Wales is one of only six nations to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since 1930!
At Glasgow 2014 Wales returned with a record breaking 36 medals - including 5 Gold medals. Gymnast Frankie Jones became the first ever Welsh athlete to claim 6 medals in one Commonwealth Games, winning Gold and 5 Silvers and Jazz Carlin became the first Welsh female swimmer in 40 years to win swimming Gold. Then her team mate Georgia Davies won Gold less than 24 hours later! Lauren Price won Wales’ first ever women’s Commonwealth Games boxing medal. The men were among the medals too - cyclist Geraint Thomas won Gold in the men's road race just days after competing in the Tour de France. There were so many highlights!
In Wales we know that it takes a whole team of people to help an athlete reach their full potential. Professor Nicola Phillips is a prime example of just one position that supports our athletes. She has been appointed as the next Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games Wales, a very prestigious title. Professor Phillips, Cardiff University academic, will be tasked with leading the Welsh team of athletes, coaches and support staff to the 21st Games in Gold Coast 2018.
During her highly successful career, she has worked with the Welsh and British Weightlifting teams, professional rugby union, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. Undoubtedly as an international specialist in the field of sports injury management, Professor Phillips brings a wealth of experience of supporting athletes at national and international events.
Did you know?
The Queen’s Baton Relay originated in Wales - Ken Jones carried the first Baton in Cardiff in 1958!