Welsh swimming’s latest golden girl, Alys Thomas, is among eight Commonwealth champions included in a 43-strong British squad selected for the European Championships in Glasgow in August. The 27-year-old Thomas stunned the swimming world with her magnificent Games record swim in the 200 metres butterfly on the Gold Coast as she notched the 10th fastest time ever in her event at 2 min, 05.45 sec. Now she will have the chance to swim for more gold and glory in a home pool in four months’ time. Thomas is joined in the British team by Duncan Scott, fresh from becoming the first Scottish swimmer to win six medals at one Games, triple medallist James Wilby and fellow Loughborough breaststroke champions Adam Peaty and Sarah Vasey.
Eight months ago he struck gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and now teenager Sammy Lee is one fight away from another shot at gold on the Gold Coast. To do that, Lee has to beat cocky Australian and local favourite Clay Waterman in the semi-final. The 19-year-old Lee, from the Premier ABC in Swansea, stepped into the senior international ring against Uganda’s Regarn Simbwa and came up with a 3-1 decision to set up a semi-final fight with Waterman in the 81kg class.
Cardiff Met will shoot for the biggest title in their history when they take on reigning champions Hartpury in the final of the BUCS Super Rugby Championship at Twickenham on Wednesday. Now in its second season, the BUCS Super Rugby competition features the top nine universities in England and Wales. Next season the number will grow to 10 with Cardiff University joining the elite tier. The Archers have won the BUCS Championship in the past, along with Welsh and British Colleges crowns, but the game at Twickenham is a step up. They finished third in the league and then beat Loughborough and Bath University in the play-offs to go all the way to Twickenham.
Rosie Eccles is relishing a good old-fashioned Wales v England dust-up with a gold medal at stake at the Commonwealth Games. Welsh boxer Eccles is through to the final of the women’s 69kg boxing, where she will face familiar foe Sandy Ryan of England. The two fighters met three years ago, when Ryan emerged as the winner. Eccles, 21, who fits out of the Pontypool boxing club, won her semi-final against Kaye Scott of Australia and can now become Commonwealth champion if she beats Ryan on Saturday.
Daniel Jervis and Georgia Davies are both targeting more success this year after finishing their Commonwealth Games efforts with hard earned medals for Wales. Part-time painter and decorator Jervis brushed up on his bronze medal in Glasgow four years ago, by taking silver in the men’s 1500m freestyle. Davies claimed a bronze in the women’s 50m backstroke – her third successive Commonwealth medal in three Games for a competitor who always delivers for Wales.
The eyes of the world will be on the Welsh capital again Sunday October 7 when the 2018 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon plays host to the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships. Elite athletes from across the globe will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cardiff Empire Games when they battle it out ahead of 25,000 runners of all ages and abilities on the iconic 13.1 mile course.
Wales Wheelchair have released their squad that will compete in the Celtic Cup on Saturday April 28 at Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry (10.30am) There are two debutants for the three-game day-long tournament with North Wales Crusaders duo Lucie Roberts and Stephen Halsey in line for their first international caps.
Chaz Davies is ready to take his World Superbikes title bid up a notch in this weekend’s first European round in Spain. The Knighton-born rider is full of confidence after winning the last race in Thailand last month.