GWENT will be represented in at least nine sports during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this April, as cycling leads the way with seven of the region’s stars picked for Team Wales, writes David Williams.

Newport endurance rider Jon Mould (below) is set to take part in his third Games following appearances in Delhi and Glasgow.

South Wales Argus: SELECTED: Newport's Jon Mould will represent Team USN at the Track Cycling World Cup series in Los Angeles

Mould, who won scratch race silver at November’s World Cup in Manchester, turns 27 on the day of the opening ceremony.

Sam Harrison, (below) another to ride in Delhi and Glasgow, helped Geraint Thomas win road race gold four years ago, having finished fourth in the 2010 points race.

South Wales Argus: Risca cyclist Sam Harrison eyes Commonwealth glory

The Cross Keys ace has won track medals at world and national level after starting out with Cwmcarn Paragon.

A sister of double Olympic silver medallist Becky James, Rachel James (below) is now going it alone after a successful spell as a tandem pilot to Paralympic riders.

South Wales Argus: DISAPPOINTED: Rachel James, Becky's older sister, missed out on a medal in Glasgow

She takes up her place in the team following two podium finishes in the keirin in 2017.

Former youth and junior star Ellie Coster, double para-cycling world champion James Ball, ex-Bassaleg High School pupil Zachery May and Monmouthshire’s British kierin champion Lewis Oliva also feature.

Bargoed boxer Lauren Price will go for gold in Australia after claiming bronze in Glasgow.

The multi-talented 23-year-old, a part of GB Boxing’s Podium squad, is also targeting the Tokyo Olympics.

South Wales Argus:

Price (above) is joined in the ring by Chepstow’s former British and European silver medallist Rosie Eccles and Gelligaer ABC’s Kyran Jones.

She is only 21 but the Gold Coast will be table tennis star Charlotte Carey’s third Commonwealth Games.

Ebbw Vale’s decorated Welsh number one hasn’t managed to medal at the Games but is hoping this could be her year.

Tredegar’s Chloe Thomas also travels to Australia having previously competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games, Commonwealth Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Husband and wife shooters Mike and Sarah Wixey have represented Wales at no fewer than six Commonwealth Games between them.

Sarah is also a former Olympian while Mike won Commonwealth bronze 16 years ago in Manchester.

In lawn bowls, Stephen Harris, who plays for RTB Ebbw Vale outdoors and Blaenau Gwent indoors, goes in the triples and fours.

While Newport resident Jonathan Tomlinson and Marc Wyatt hope to better the triples bronze they claimed in Glasgow.

Seven-time Welsh squash champion Peter Creed won world doubles bronze last year, para swimmer Alex Rosser will look to do Torfaen Dolphins proud and Aidan Heslop, whose mother hails from Blaina, is the first diver from Wales to compete at the Games in two decades.

Rugby sevens, hockey, netball and gymnastics are still to confirm their teams for the Gold Coast event.