Gearing Up for Glasgow...

The last week has been a total whirlwind after finding out we have been selected to represent Wales in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. We found out last Monday evening which was during my exams so it had been a stressful few weeks for me. I wasn't expecting to find out till the Tuesday morning but I had a text from Carissa with lots of smiley emojis so it was a nice surprise. It's always such a honour to be selected to represent your country but in huge multi-sport event like this it is even more special. It will be really nice to mix with athletes from other sports.

It's been a long and tough season but being selected makes everything worth it. I'm so excited to be travelling up to Glasgow in 5 weeks time. When I was selected for Delhi we knew 4 months in advance so had a lot more time to prepare so it's all quite busy at the moment. We have been training for the last 6 weeks really hard preparing for Glasgow but not definitely knowing made it tougher. Last week we were given all our casual kit and opening ceremony outfit which was all lovely and made it all feel a bit more real. We also had interviews with BBC Wales on the Friday morning. On Wednesday there was a athletes send off party which I was gutted to miss but I had work and training commitments which I couldn't get out of, but it looked like a great event and everyone looked really smart in their track suits. 

It's so exciting that 6 of us have been selected and we can play the team event, it's always nice to play as a team as normally it's always as an individual or pair. We have all trained and travelled together this year so it's nice that everyone got selected and we can all share it together. Carissa and I have been playing together now over 3 years and our goal was always to go to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games so it's been great to do it together. We have had our highs and lows but always stuck together as a pair, so on the Friday night after we got selected we went for a nice meal together.

I'm also really happy that all my family are able to come up and watch me as they have all been part of the journey and it's great I can share my experience with them. My parents were unable to come to Delhi so I know they are really excited to be there this time not watching it on the TV. I also couldn't have got there without the support from Badminton Wales over the last few years.The next few weeks before we go we will carry on our intense summer training which involves lots of running but also lots of match practice and sharpening ready to compete in 5 weeks time.