Gwent table tennis aces to represent Wales in Glasgow

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THREE Gwent table tennis stars will be representing Wales at this summer’s Commonwealth Games, writes Andrew Penman.

Ebbw Vale teenager Charlotte Carey will compete in the singles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles.

The youngest member of Team Wales in Delhi 2010 at just 14, Carey, now 17, will be looking to add to her double bronze medal win from the European Youth Championships in 2013 and two gold medals from the Maltese TTF Global Junior Circuit 2013.

Abergavenny’s Daniel O’Connell will be making his Commonwealth Games debut for Wales in the singles, mixed doubles and men’s doubles.

The 21 year-old former Glyncoed School pupil has previously represented Wales at the World Team and Singles Championships and the Commonwealth Championships in Delhi.

And 20-year-old Chloe Thomas from Tredegar will also be making her Games debut in the singles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles.

The former Tredegar Comprehensive School pupil followed her brother Patrick’s footsteps when she first got into table tennis.

The siblings competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008.

She went on to win gold in the home nations singles championships and silver in the team and also competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Championships last year.

They will be joined by two sets of siblings in the team with twin sisters Angharad and Megan Phillips from Bodelwyddan and brothers Ryan and Stephen Jenkins from Pontypridd.

The nine-member table tennis squad is completed by Conor Edwards from Tonypandy and Naomi Owen from Llandrindod Wells.

Owen is a nine-time Welsh women’s singles champion and was also part of the Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Former Commonwealth silver medallist and Wales’ national coach Ryan Jenkins will compete at his fourth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and will balance the role of athlete and coach to the eight other members of the team.

“To play in so many major Games for Wales is a dream come true and it never tires. I’m proud to have been selected for my fourth Commonwealth Games,” said Jenkins.

Chris Jenkins, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, said: “There is real strength and depth in this table tennis squad with over half of the athletes having already gained valuable Commonwealth Games experience.

“With the experience of Ryan Jenkins at the helm of the team combined with the enthusiasm of Games debutants Chloe, Conor and Daniel I’m really looking forward to seeing them perform in Glasgow.”

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