Wales at the Commonwealth Games
Wales has a proud history in sport and we have performed well at past games. In fact, Wales is currently tenth out of the 71 competing nations on the all-time medal winners table, with 270 medals overall.
Welsh athletes competed at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The 200+ strong team was led by the triathlete Non Stanford, pictured above and you can find more information about our squad, medal hopefuls and medallists on our related paged below.
Wales is one of only six nations to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since 1930!
At Glasgow 2014 Wales returned with a record breaking 36 medals - including 5 Gold medals. Gymnast Frankie Jones became the first ever Welsh athlete to claim 6 medals in one Commonwealth Games, winning Gold and 5 Silvers. Jazz Carlin became the first Welsh female swimmer in 40 years to win swimming Gold. Then her team mate Georgia Davies won Gold less than 24 hours later! Lauren Price won Wales’ first ever women’s Commonwealth Games boxing medal. Wales' Natalie Powell won the -78kg Judo event. The men were among the medals too - cyclist Geraint Thomas won Gold in the men's road race just days after competing in the Tour de France. There were so many highlights!
[Gymnast Clinton Purnell in action at the Glasgow 2014 games - cited Sporting Wales photography]
1990 Auckland Games
At the 1990 Auckland games, New Zealand, Wales racked up 10 gold medals, their largest ever haul of golds. The winners included Wales sporting legend Colin Jackson in the 110m hurdle, Kay Morley in the women's 100m hurdle, Louise Jones (cycling) Robert Morgan (Diving) and six more were won in weightlifting, 3 each from Andrew Davies and David Morgan (Morgan went on to win 9 Gold medals in total, including two in Manchester in 2012).
The British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Wales in 1958, with the opening ceremony at the Cardiff Arms Park Stadium, but did you know:
The Queen’s Baton Relay originated in Wales - Ken Jones carried the first Baton at the games in Cardiff.