Twin sisters, Angharad and Megan Phillips, and brothers Ryan and Stephen Jenkins are just four of the latest athletes to be selected to compete for Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in July.
Part of the nine-member table tennis squad, it will be the second time that the identical twin sisters and the Jenkins brothers will all play alongside each other for Wales at the multi-sport event, having all travelled to the Delhi Games in 2010.
Former Commonwealth silver medallist and Wales’ national coach Ryan Jenkins will compete at his fourth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and will balance the role of athlete and coach to the eight other members of the team.
“To play in so many major Games for Wales is a dream come true and it never tires. I’m proud to have been selected for my fourth Commonwealth Games,” said Jenkins.
The youngest member of Team Wales in Delhi 2010 at just 14 years-old, Charlotte Carey, now 17, will be looking to add to her double bronze medal win from the European Youth Championships in 2013 and two gold medals from the Maltese TTF Global Junior Circuit 2013 at her second Commonwealth Games.
Conor Edwards, Daniel O’Connell and Chloe Thomas will all be making their Commonwealth Games debuts in Glasgow; all three athletes have previously competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Championships in 2013.
The ninth and final member of the team is nine-times Welsh women’s singles champion Naomi Owen, who was also part of the Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, the organisation responsible for selecting and sending a team to compete for Wales, said:
“There is real strength and depth in this table tennis squad with over half of the athletes having already gained valuable Commonwealth Games experience.
“With the experience of Ryan Jenkins at the helm of the team combined with the enthusiasm of Games debutants Chloe, Conor and Daniel I’m really looking forward to seeing them perform in Glasgow.”
“We’re now less than 100 days away from the Games themselves and within weeks of the Queen’s Baton Relay’s arrival in Wales. The Phillips sisters, and Stephen Jenkins will be coming out to support the relay as it makes its way through their home town of Denbighshire and Aberdare respectively, providing the public with the perfect chance to come out, support and wish them well ahead of the Games.”
• Brothers Ryan and Stephen Jenkins have racked up over 45 years of experience between them.
• Both Conor Edwards and Charlotte Carey will turn 18 between now and the Games.
• Chloe Thomas, Daniel O’Connell and Charlotte Carey are all from Abergavenny.
• Ryan Jenkins, Stephen Jenkins and Conor Edwards are all from Rhondda Cynon Taff