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Team Wales show their true colours.

ATHLETES in Team Wales competing at this September's Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa gathered to receive their Wales kit at a special Team Day at the University of South Wales' Treforest Campus.

The event marked one year on from the record breaking success of Team Wales at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and just over 50 days to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, when the next generation of Team Wales competes in swimming, weightlifting, tennis and archery.

Team Wales made history in Glasgow last year with a record medal haul of 36 medals, five gold, 11 silver and 20 bronze. Our first gold medallist in Glasgow 2014 was rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones, who won the David Dixon Award as the outstanding athlete of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Jones competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia, in 2004, and went on to three consecutive Commonwealth Games, bowing out in Glasgow where she recorded the highest-ever individual tally for Wales at one Commonwealth Games. She said: "The Youth Games provide such a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to gain experience competing at big events, which hopefully helps them develop into Commonwealth Games champions in the future. The Youth Games in 2004 played an invaluable part in my own development.

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Members of Team Wales' Commonwealth Youth Games squad at Treforest

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 16, 2015
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