TeamWalessendoff Athletes from across Rhondda Cynon Taf who are competing in the Commonwealth Games attended an official send-off in Pontypridd.
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor, Cllr John Watts, welcomed many of the local athletes from Team Wales taking part in Glasgow 2014 and wished them well.
A total of 19 athletes from Rhondda Cynon Taf will be competing in the Games which officially open on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Cllr Watts said: “On behalf of Rhondda Cynon Taf, I wanted to congratulate you on being chosen to represent your country at the Games and wish you all the very best of luck from everyone in your county borough.
“Our thoughts and good wishes will be with you in Glasgow as you compete in your chosen events. We have a very strong team this year and we all look forward to seeing the Welsh flag being raised many times.
“Sport is a hugely positive force in our society and if young people are more likely to take part themselves as a result of this year’s Games, then that can only be a positive thing.”
Chris Jenkins, Director of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, and Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Sport, were also guests at the civic reception held in the Municipal Buildings.
To view the biographies of all the athletes from Rhondda Cynon Taf who are taking part in Glasgow 2014, please go to the Sport RCT pages.
Wales made its debut in the Commonwealth Games in Canada in 1930 and is one of only six countries to have taken part in every Games since. To date Welsh athletes have won a magnificent haul of 234 medals, 51 of them being gold.