December 11 - Wales have become the first country to announce its full lawn bowls team for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glagsow.
A total of 15 bowlers have been named in the squad that will compete in six separate events over the nine days of competition, including the singles, pairs, triples, fours visually impaired mixed pairs and Para-sport triples.
Former Welsh and British Isles singles champion and Commonwealth Games coordinating manager for Lawn Bowls, Hazel Wilson, claimed she was delighted with the squad.
"We're really happy to be the first team announcing our full squad," she said.
"The bowlers have been working hard to earn selection and knowing they've secured their place will now allow them to focus on their preparations for the Games.
"There's a great mix of youth and experience amongst the team which will stand us in good stead and I'm confident that we can continue with the medal-winning ways previously shown by bowlers at Commonwealth Games."
Leading the team will be one of Wales' most decorated Commonwealth Games athletes Robert Weale, winner of two gold, three silver and a bronze medal at previous tournaments.
Weale will compete in both the men's singles and pairs events at the Games, with Mark Harding, partnering him in the latter.
The men's fours will be made up of Harding, Paul Taylor, who competes as Wales' youngest bowler, Jonathon Tomlinson, and Marc Wyatt, with the triples involving Taylor, Tomlinson and Wyatt.
Anwen Butten will be travelling to her fourth Commonwealth Game and will hope to build on the performances that won her bronze in both Manchester 2002 and Delhi 2010.
She enters the women's pairs event alongside Caroline Taylor and the fours alongside Lisa Forey, Kelly Packwood and Kathy Pearce.
Forey, Packwood and Pearce will make up the women's triples team whilst Taylor will look to add a Commonwealth Games singles medal to her two from the World Championships in 2004 and 2012.
Fully integrated into the lawn bowls programme will be two Para-sport events for bowlers who are visually impaired or have a physical disability.
The visually impaired mixed pairs team will include Paralympic gold medallist from Atlanta 1996 Rosa Crean, who competes at the remarkable age of 71, and 68-year-old Gilbert Miles.
Competing in the final Para-sport event, the Triples for bowlers with a physical disability will be Chris Gibson, Dave Powell and 2002 silver medallist Kevin Woolmore.
"Lawn bowls has made a fantastic contribution to the final Team Wales medal tally at the last few Commonwealth Games and I'm looking forward to seeing some of those medallists perform again for us in Glasgow," said Chris Jenkins, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales
"The inclusion of Para-sport events for bowlers is great to see and it's meant that we're able to send more bowlers to a Commonwealth Games than ever before.
"We're nearly at the 200 days to go mark and momentum is really building now.
"The team is starting to grow and years of preparations are starting to come together.
"With the whole nation on our side Team Wales is three million strong and we're looking forward to witnessing that support during the Queen's Baton Relay and the Games next year."
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