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Michaela's Commonwealth Dream

Michaela Breeze

Michaela Breeze MBE, will not only be taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay on May 25, but she also has her sights set on competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Champion weightlifter Michaela Breeze MBE will not only be carrying the iconic Queen’s Baton during the Rhondda Cynon Taf leg of its relay around the Commonwealth countries - she also looks set to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 34-year-old from Aberdare - already a Commonwealth Games Gold and Silver medallist - is delighted to have been selected to become one of the bearers of the Queen’s Baton Relay during its time in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, May 25.

But the icing on the cake is her performance at the Welsh Senior Weightlifting Championships, held in Cardiff in March, at which she shattered the British record which should now also see her qualify to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

Michaela retired from the sport after her podium performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. With assistance from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, she went on to open her own gym in Aberdare town centre.

However, the ‘call of competition’ proved too much for Michaela and in December 2013 she came out of retirement with the aim of competing in Glasgow.

At the Welsh Senior Weightlifting Championships, Michaela, who captained the Welsh team in Delhi, lifted a 93kg British-record snatch.

Michaela, a former physical education teacher, won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006 and Silver in 2010. She was awarded the MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of her contribution to the world of sport.

Michaela said: “It will be a huge honour to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay in my home town, but it will be an even bigger honour to actually go on and compete at the Commonwealth Games once again.

“I am doing this with full commitment and one aim - to do Rhondda Cynon Taf and the whole of Wales proud and to give it my best in Glasgow.

"I’m not going to say I'm going to come away from Glasgow with Gold, but I am going to go there and do my very best, and what results that produces, we will have to wait and see.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay reaches Rhondda Cynon Taf on Sunday, May 25, arriving at the Aberdare Festival in Aberdare Park, giving the residents of the County Borough the chance to get up close to a piece of sporting history.

Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “By welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Rhondda Cynon Taf, we are showing our public support to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but above all else we are showing our support for our Welsh athletes - in particular those living in our own County Borough.

“We wish Michaela Breeze every success in her dream of competing in her fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games. I am sure she will have a fantastic reception whilst carrying the Queen’s Baton around AberdarePark on May 25.”

For further details of the Aberdare Festival visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson or call the Council’s Events Team on 01443 424123 or email events@rctcbc.gov.uk

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