2 Nov 2006

Team Wales opening ceremony smallThe performances of three of the Team Wales contingent that travelled to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and one Welsh sports administrator have caught the eye of the experts elected to the judging panel of the prestigious 26th Annual Commonwealth Sports Awards (29 November 2006).

Gold medal winning and Games record breaking weightlifter Michaela Breeze has been nominated in the Outstanding Female Athlete category. Bronze medal winning swimmer David Roberts MBE has also secured a nomination in the category of Outstanding Male Elite Athlete with a Disability. The man behind the successes of Commonwealth gold and bronze medal winning swimmer David Davies, Dave Haller has been nominated in the Lifetime Achievement Award category and the Welsh Amateur Swimming Associations’ Jenny Shaw has been nominated in the Sports Administrator of the Year category.

The annual awards ceremony which will be held at the Café Royal in London recognises sporting success and diversity throughout the Commonwealth and moreover acknowledges the achievements of athletes and sporting administrators in this Commonwealth Games year. Countries from across the 71 member nations of the Commonwealth have been nominating their athletes and officials for outstanding performances over the last year.

And with four nominations over the eight categories, Wales is punching above its weight coming in just behind Canada which has six nominations but ahead of sporting powerhouse Australia (three) and Scotland and England which has two and one nomination respectively.

Chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales (CGCW) Gareth John is delighted with the announcement.

"I extend my warmest congratulations to the Welsh men and women for their well-deserved nominations in their respective categories. To achieve four nominations in a time where sporting standards in the Commonwealth have improved dramatically is quite remarkable for a country of our size."