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Posted by Laura Cairns at 02:06 on 6 June 2014

 Glasgow 2014

Major tournament winners Carissa Turner and Sarah Thomas are just two of a six-member badminton team selected to compete for Team Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer.

Having recently been crowned champions at the Portuguese and Icelandic international events, Turner and Thomas will pair up again to vie for a medal in the ladies doubles, whilst also competing in the singles event and the mixed doubles.

Carissa said;

“I’m so proud to be representing Wales at my second Commonwealth Games. The games being held in Glasgow was extra motivation to qualify because my family & hopefully the Welsh public will be there supporting Team Wales. With 47 days to go Sarah & I are training hard to give ourselves the best chance of getting on the podium. I can’t wait.”

35 year-old Joe Morgan is the most experienced member of the squad, having competed in the sport for over 20 years. Training alongside Turner and Thomas at the Sport Wales National Centre, Morgan is set to compete at his third Commonwealth Games after representing Wales in Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010.

The remaining male members of the team are all set to make their Commonwealth debuts. 27 year-old Nic Strange, originally from Bangor but now lives in Cardiff, will compete in the men’s doubles event and was crowned Welsh National Doubles Champion in both 2011 and 2012.

21 year-old Daniel Font and 20 year-old Oliver Gwilt have both had a taste of competing for Wales a multi-sport event after travelling to the Isle of Man for the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011. The duo also won the gold medal at the 2009 UK School Games.

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, the organisation responsible for selecting and sending a team to compete for Wales, said:

“Our badminton team for Glasgow 2014 contains a mixture of youth and experience with over half of the players set to make their senior Commonwealth debuts.

The recent successes of players such as Carissa Turner and Sarah Thomas will act as a real inspiration for the whole team and from all at Commonwealth Games Wales we wish them the best of luck.”

CEO Eddie O'Neill added,

“I am really thrilled for the players selected and I know they will do well for Wales. Qualification for the Commonwealth games is really tough in badminton. The players have had to be very dedicated over a lengthy period and I take my hat off to them; I really am proud of all of them. Now we need to make sure we are 100% prepared so we can give top performances in Glasgow. These players can deliver and I’m confident that they will. Like them, I can’t wait to go and to support them."