BOXERS Lauren Price and Rosie Eccles, table tennis ace Charlotte Carey and shooter Elena Allen will all be flying the flag for Gwent when they represent Great Britain at next month’s European Games.

The quartet are part of a strong Team GB squad taking part in the second edition of the continental competition, which is held in Minsk, Belarus and runs from June 21-30.

And there is more than just a medal on offer to Ebbw Vale’s Carey and Blackwood-based Allen, with 2020 Olympic Games qualification available in their sports, as well as archery.

More than 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete across 10 days in 200 different medal events with the opening and closing ceremonies held at the Dinamo National Olympic Stadium.

In Minsk, Team GB athletes will also go for gold in badminton, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, judo, karate and wrestling.

At present, 24 athletes from three sports – equestrian, sailing and shooting – have secured quota places for Team GB at Tokyo 2020.

For badminton, boxing (men) and judo, the European Games double up as their usual European Championships.

The first European Games, in Baku, Azerbaijan four years ago, resulted in 47 medals for Great Britain.

Some 18 of them were gold, with the likes of boxers Nicola Adams and Joe Joyce, swimmer Duncan Scott and taekwondo star Jade Jones among those to top the podium.

Joining the Gwent four in the squad is six-time Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny and fellow Olympic medallists Katy Marchant (cycling) and Sally Conway (judo).

Team GB chef de mission Paul Ford said: “Minsk 2019 provides an important pathway towards Tokyo 2020 for sports.

“With automatic qualification of quota places for some, ranking points for others, and three continental championships for sports, you can see why Team GB has such a strong delegation going to the Games.

“It is an exciting mix of athletes and I look forward to the second European Games and the performances that I’m sure will impress and excite in equal measure.”

Ystrad Mynach-based Commonwealth Games champion Price is selected in the -75kg weight division, while Caerleon’s Eccles, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, fights at -69kg.

For 22-year-old Carey, a five-time Welsh singles champion, it is a first GB call-up.

While 93 athletes have been selected, eight archers are expected to be named in the squad to take the overall party to 101.