Welsh Triathlon are excited to announce the Triathletes who will represent Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018
Commonwealth Games Team Wales have today announced the names of the four triathletes who will represent Team Wales at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games:
Iestyn Harrett - Team Relay
Liam Lloyd - Team Relay
Olivia Mathias - Team Relay
Non Stanford - Individual and Team Relay
Iestyn started out in Triathlon at the age of 12 and is now part of the National Triathlon Performance Centre of Wales (NTPCW). Joining Iestyn on the team is Liam Lloyd, who will be competing at his second Commonwealth Games, having also represented Wales in the team relay event at Glasgow 2014.
2016 Olympian and 2013 World Champion Non Stanford joins the team, along with Olivia Mathias, who is the youngest team member at 19 years old and will be looking to build on a strong 2017 season that saw her finish in the top-6 of both the World and European Junior Championships.
Commenting on the selection announcement, Luke Watson, the Welsh Triathlon Coach for the Games said:
“The standard was very high, so we are proud and excited that Commonwealth Games Wales have selected our team for the Games – a massive well done to all the athletes and coaches involved. As a Welsh Triathlon Performance team we are aiming to ensure that ours is the best prepared team at the Games, and we will be doing all that we can to ensure that the athletes are able to deliver their best performances on the Gold Coast.”
The Commonwealth Games kicks off with the male and female individual events on the 5 April at Gold Coast’s Southport Broadwater Parkland. This event will consist of a Sprint Triathlon - 750m open water swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run.
This will be followed by the exciting Mixed Team Relay, which will take place on 7 April. The tag-team event will see two men and two women each swim 250m, cycle 7km and run 1.5km before handing over to a teammate.
Executive Officer of Welsh Triathlon Beverley Lewis is looking forward to the opportunities presented by the Games:
“The Commonwealth Games presents an opportunity to inspire the future generation of triathlete’s and youngsters in Wales, especially through the fast and furious team relay event. At Welsh Triathlon, we are looking forward to engaging with Kurrawa Surf Club, the Team Wales hub, to meet the people of Gold Coast and share in a great and inspiring games.”
Helen Phillips, Chair of the Commonwealth Games Wales Board said:
“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.”
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