Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Welcome to the Team Wales family!

With the Opening Ceremony now just days away, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate every single one of you; athletes, HQ and support staff, on your selection into the Team Wales family.
The Isle of Man is ready and raring to welcome us onto the island for the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games, and this year we’re proud to be taking a full team of athletes.
Everyone who has been selected to compete for, or represent Wales, has been chosen to do so not only because of your recent achievements but also because we believe that you can go on to emulate the success achieved by Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010.
Pune 2008 changed things for us; it was the first year that we used the Youth Games as a development tool, and we’d hope that come Glasgow 2014 or in 2018 the names on those Welsh shirts and the scoreboards will be yours.
Use the Isle of Man as a stepping stone; as an opportunity to get as much experience as you can. And above all enjoy it! The focus is very much on young people and the cultural day on the 12th September is something not to be missed.
Don’t forget to keep checking Zeus for the latest Team Wales updates and information, and make sure you’re signed up to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Throughout the Games we’ll be posting exclusive videos and interviews with athletes as well as some behind the scenes footage.
Thank you to all those supporters and friends who have consistently got behind Team Wales; we’ll be hoping to do you proud out there and look forward to seeing you all at our Welcome Home celebration.
On behalf of all of the Team Wales support team I wish you every success at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Chris Jenkins
Chef de Mission