THE Welsh athletics team have flown to Portugal to continue their preparations for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Leading stars including Newport's four-time Olympian Christian Malcolm and reigning European champion Rhys Williams will spend the next two weeks at the Alfamar Sports Complex.
The 27-strong Welsh athletics squad is: Adele Nicoll, Aiden Reynolds, Hannah Thomas, Caryl Jones, Bryony Raine, Elliot Slade, David Guest, Christian Malcolm, Hannah Brier, Brett Morse, Carys Parry, Gareth Warburton, Caryl Granville, Gary White, Dewi Hammond, Ieuan Thomas, Joe Maynard, Joe Thomas, Lee Doran, Matt Richards, Melissa Courtney, Paul Walker, Rachel Johncock, Rhys Williams, Ryan Spencer-Jones, Sally Peake and Tom Marshall.
Wales national performance coach Scott Simpson says the camp will ensure Welsh athletes are given the best possible chance to perform well in Glasgow.
“This training camp will really start to focus the athletes’ minds ahead of Glasgow and it’s a key part of their preparations," said Simpson.
“For athletes who already have the qualification standards it is about building various physical and technical abilities that will allow them to peak at the Games.
“Other athletes will be using the camp to get some more specific training in before making a push to get the qualification standards when the outdoor track and field season gets underway.
“The facility offers athletes the chance to do some high-quality technical work in excellent conditions, in a focused performance environment.
“Athletes and their personal coaches will have 24/7 access to performance staff, performance medical support and specific sports science inputs.
“It is the first time I have led training camp on this scale and I am really looking forward to it."
Welsh Athletics will return to the same complex in July for their final preparations before flying into Glasgow for the Games.