Sean Gaffney, Nathan Stephens and Nerys Pearce complete the Welsh powerlifting lineup ©Team Wales

Team Wales have announced the final five athletes to join their Para team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Glasgow 2014 bronze medalist Jack Thomas will join the swimming team, along with Alex Rosser, and compete in the S14 200 metres freestyle.

Nathan Stephens, the former world record holder in the F57 javelin throw, and Sean Gaffney, an indoor rowing PR3 World Champion, will complete the powerlifting lineup with Nerys Pearce, who competed in her first World Para Powerlifting Championships in August.

Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Wales board, Helen Phillips, congratulated the athletes on their selection.

“We’re very excited to have the swimmers and powerlifters join the other para-athletes who have already been announced to compete in athletics, cycling, lawn bowls and table tennis," she said.

“We wish them all the very best with their training and final preparations for the Games.”

“The 2018 Games are just around the corner, and with the rest of Team Wales due to be announced in January, we’re looking forward to seeing our athletes make Wales proud once again next year.”

Jack Thomas, centre, won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Getty Images
Jack Thomas, centre, won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Getty Images

Fiona Reid, Disability Sport Wales chief executive, added: “Disability Sport Wales are delighted to see the inclusion of these para-swimmers and powerlifters within Team Wales.

“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will showcase the highest number of para-sport events ever at a Commonwealth Games, and I’m absolutely thrilled to see such a strong team selected to represent Team Wales.

“With a mix of World Champions and Paralympic Champions as well as newly identified athletes, it shows the strength in the para-athlete development we have in here in Wales.”

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place in Gold Coast, Australia, will take place from April 4 to 15.