Hannah Sloan (Year 12) Team Wales (Youth Commonwealth Games)
Hannah Sloan has been chosen to represent Team Wales in the Youth Commonwealth Games being held in The Bahamas from 17-23 July 2017. She will have a training camp from 1 July followed by the holding camp and competition.
Hannah is one of 39 athletes selected to compete for Team Wales. Nominations were made by the national governing bodies responsible for each of the six sports in which Wales will compete at the Games: swimming, athletics, boxing, judo, tennis and women's rugby 7s. Hannah is the only athlete selected who is based in the Vale of Glamorgan and will represent Wales in swimming.
Commonwealth Games Wales Chair Helen Phillips said: "We are really excited to announce the Team Wales squad for the sixth Youth Games in the Bahamas. It's very encouraging to see the calibre of young Welsh athletes coming through. This is testament to their commitment, passion and dedication and also to the excellent support of their coaches, families and national governing bodies.
"The Youth Games are a great platform for them on their road to future success as senior athletes. Several Welsh stars who have gone on to medal at the Commonwealth Games in the past, and many athletes who are now aiming to qualify for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – such as Jazz Carlin and Elinor Barker – began their careers representing Wales at the Youth Games.
"Team Wales did particularly well in the 2015 Youth Games in Samoa, bringing home 9 medals to Wales and delivering some outstanding performances. I have every confidence that our athletes will do their very best and make us proud once again this summer."
Gerwyn Owen, Chef de Mission leading Team Wales to the Commonwealth Youth Games in July said: "I'd like to extend a big congratulations to all of the selected athletes. Many of them will get to represent Wales in a major multi-sport event for the very first time, which will no doubt give them a great sense of pride.
"It's a massive opportunity for them to showcase Wales at its best both on and off the field, and to celebrate our national culture and heritage through sport."