Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Welsh border, the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games will be taking place in Birmingham 2022. It couldn’t be much closer to being a home games without it being in our country.
Wales at the Commonwealth Games | Birmingham 2022
When does the Commonwealth Games start?
Thursday 28th July – Monday 8th August
The Commonwealth Games begins with the opening ceremony on Thursday 28th July before finishing on Monday 8th August when the closing ceremony will take place.
The opportunity to represent Wales in international competition is rare but every four years, the Commonwealth Games presents a unique opportunity for elite athletes to don the red of Cymru.
Total medals – 306 - 67 golds, 98 silvers and 141 bronze
Most decorated Commonwealth athlete – David Morgan (Weightlifting)
Highest medal haul – Gold Coast 2018 (10 Gold medals, 12 Silver medals, 14 bronze medals)
Journey to Birmingham 2022
People aren’t born Commonwealth athletes; they are made by the communities, people and clubs they meet along the way.
Every athlete has been on their own journey to get to Birmingham 2022 - whether they've taken up their sport late, come from a rural area, or juggled jobs and family with training.
Here are their stories.
The lives of Hockey Wales
Did you know how jam-packed a top hockey player's life is?
We caught up with the Hockey Wales teams to find out how they rise to the challenge.
Lily Rice - Multi-Sport Athlete
From wheelchair motocross to the Commonwealth Games swimming pool, Lily Rice has reaped the rewards of both sports on her way to Birmingham 2022.
Gregg Varey - Judo
Proving it's never too late, Gregg Varey competes at his first Commonwealth Games at the age of 34. A coach, a father and a husband - the judoka juggles his training with his work and family life.
Has Wales hosted a Commonwealth Games?
Yes, Cardiff was the host city for the 6th edition of the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
How many Commonwealth Games have Wales featured in?
All 21. Wales are one of just six countries to have featured in every Commonwealth Games since it begun in 1930.
Who is Wales’ most successful athlete at the Commonwealth Games?
Weightlifter David Morgan is Wales’ most decorated athlete at the Commonwealth Games with a total of 12 medals, including 9 gold and 3 silver.
Not only this, but he is also the only competitor to medal at six different games, from 1982 to 2002. His first medal came at just 17 years old in Brisbane 1982 when he became the youngest ever Commonwealth Games weightlifting champion.
Did you know?
Non Evans became the first woman to compete in three different Commonwealth Sports. First, she won silver in Judo at both the 1992 and 1996 games. Then, in 2002, she competed in weightlifting, as well as judo, making her the first woman to compete in two different sports at the same games. Her third sport at the Commonwealth Games was freestyle wrestling in Delhi 2010.
Not only this, but Non also earned 87 caps for Wales in international rugby union.