Weightlifter Catrin Jones from Bangor, has secured a place representing Team Wales at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The news caps off an amazing week for Catrin, after she was named as BBC Wales young sportswoman of the year on Monday night.

The team also includes Harry Misangyi from Bangor University and former Bangor University student Hannah Powell, Seth Casidsid from Bangor and Gareth Evans from Valley, who works at Canolfan Brailsford.

The team 12 Welsh weightlifters will compete the games held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018.

Competing in the men’s categories will be: Seth Casidsid (56kg), Gareth Evans (69kg), Harry Misangyi (85kg), Joshua Parry (94kg), Jordan Sakkas (105kg) and Rhodri West (+105kg).

The women weightlifters heading to the Gold Coast are: Hannah Powell (48kg), Catrin Jones (53kg), Christie Williams (58kg), Faye Pittman (69kg), Laura Hughes (75kg) and Tayla Howe (90kg).

Catrin Tweeted this evening: “Cannot wait to perform in the Commonwealth Games next year alongside this amazing team!”

Helen Phillips, Chair of the Commonwealth Games Wales Board said: “Congratulations to all of the weightlifters who have qualified and been selected to represent Team Wales at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“Being chosen for Team Wales is testament to the athletes’ commitment, passion and dedication also to the excellent support of their coaches, families and national governing bodies. We wish them all the very best with their training for the Gold Coast.”

Simon Roach, Sports Manager of Weightlifting Wales said “I am delighted to see such a strong team selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The athletes have worked exceptionally hard to achieve selection. They are extremely proud to have the opportunity to represent their country in this forthcoming Games. I wish them every success in their final preparation and at Gold Coast.”