Five Gwents shooting stars picked for Glasgow 2014

FIVE Gwent athletes are included in the latest team selected to compete for Wales at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Welsh shooting squad that will head to Glasgow in July features two Olympians, two Commonwealth medallists, two married couples and a set of twins.

Among them are Newport's Elena Allen and husband Malcolm from Abercarn, Mike and Sarah Wixey from Abdergavenny and Rhys Price from Usk.

Husband and wife pair Elena and Malcolm Allen have a number of international competitions under their belts, including five Commonwealth Games, the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics and the World Championships where Elena won bronze in 2002, and Commonwealth Shooting Championships that saw the duo crowned champions in 2010.

Twin sisters Jenny and Sian Corish are no strangers to the Commonwealth Game having competed in Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010.

Other Games’ veterans in the team are Melbourne Commonwealth Champion, Gold medallist David Phelps from Cardiff, 38 year-old Gareth Morris and Price, along with married couple Mike and Sarah Wixey who have previously competed at four and one Commonwealth Games respectively, and Sarah at the Athens Olympics.

First timers in the team are 20 year-old Mike Bamsey, who recently won three medals for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013, Katie Cowell from Wrexham and Chris Watson from Tetbury, Jonathan Davies from Neath Port Talbot and 19-year-old Coral Kennerley from Aberystwyth , another medallist from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Shooting Team Manager and CEO of the WTSF, John Dallimore, said: “We’re sending a really strong team to the Games next year; a team that work hard and are all striving to fulfil their potential. The balance of age, experience and youth in the team is just right, the first timers have some great role models to learn from and we’re hopeful of having a successful games.

Chris Jenkins, CEO of CGCW, said: “It’s great to see a mixture of experienced and new faces in the shooting team. The last few games have seen shooters contribute to the overall medal tally and with the talent selected in this squad we’re hopeful they’ll be continue that run of success.

“We’re fast approaching 200 days to go until the Games now and it’s fantastic to see the team gradually starting to build.”

During the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, shooters will be competing in clay target, full bore, pistol and small bore events all at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, a dedicated satellite venue.

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