Nothing quite stirs the national pride in Wales like sport. We love our rugby and football but we enjoy all sports, including some of the more unusual.
Wales is a renowned location for world class sport. Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, capacity 74,500, is the largest stadium in Europe to feature a fully retractable roof. This enables Wales’ National Stadium to host not only Rugby and football internationals but a range of other sports. With the roof closed the stadium has been used for World Championship boxing, cricket, speedway and the final the FIA World Rally Championship. The city of Cardiff was chosen as the 2014 European Capital of Sport.
The World’s third largest sporting event, the Ryder Cup, was held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, south Wales in 2010. The Celtic Manor is one of Europe’s leading golf resorts and a perennial stop on golf’s European Tour. Our other 200 golf courses aren’t bad either.
Wales also plays host to international cricket. A number of international games including the 2009 Ashes Test opener have been played in south east Wales at the SWALEC Stadium. More international cricket is due to come to Wales including an Ashes Test match in July.
Elite sportsmen and women
For a small country Wales has produced more than its share of internationally known sports stars. From the World’s most expensive footballer Gareth Bale, to Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medallist Jade Jones, we are proud of the achievements of Welsh sports men and women.
Wales was very much involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games, with a record breaking 30 Welsh Olympic competitors and 38 Welsh Paralympic competitors taking part. Hundreds of athletes from across the world chose Wales for as their Pre Games Training Camp and Cardiff was selected as a host city for the London 2012 Olympic Games Football competition.
Team Wales have also been very successful at competing in the Commonwealth Games, winning a record breaking 36 medals at the Glasgow 2014. Commonwealth Games, including 5 gold medals. Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones won six medals at the games and won the David Dixon Award, which recognises an outstanding athlete of the Commonwealth Games.