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Olympic medallist and Commonwealth Gold winner Jazz Carlin named as Team Wales flag bearer

Jazz Carlin of the Wales Swimming Commonwealth team. Credit: PA

Double Olympic medallist and Commonwealth Gold winner Jazz Carlin has been chosen as the 2018 Team Wales flag bearer for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening ceremony tomorrow.

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The swimmer will lead 200 Welsh athletes at the ceremony in Carrara Stadium.

It will be Carlin's fourth Commonwealth Games.

In 2010, she won silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 400m freestyle.

Four years ago in Glasgow, she became Wales’ first woman to win a gold in the pool since 1974.

And In 2016 she became a double Olympic medallist, winning two silvers in the 400m and 800m freestyle events in Rio.

This year, Carlin will be competing in the women’s 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle and 4x200m relay.

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I’m honoured and so excited to have the opportunity to lead the 2018 Team Wales for the opening ceremony. I always feel as though it’s an honour to compete for Wales so this has definitely kick-started my experience here in Gold Coast.

Training has been going really well. This will be my fourth Commonwealth Games so I’m starting to feel like one of the older ones now!

I think the older you get, the more you appreciate the experience of being at the games. I have fond memories of Glasgow, which was an incredible event. Obviously like any competition, I’m aiming for a podium.

We did a tough block of training and the last few weeks have been about going easy in the lead up to competition- I’m really excited and can’t wait for it to start.

– Jazz Carlin

Being a flag bearer for Team Wales is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m delighted that Jazz will get that experience here in the Gold Coast.

Our aim as a team is to inspire and Jazz certainly does that! Her determination and hard work is what I’m most proud of- she’s faced challenges and overcome them to perform outstandingly and inspire a nation.

Not only that, but this is an opportunity to celebrate her fantastic achievements and career so far. I hope that when people back home see Jazz and the full team at the opening ceremony, they feel inspired, proud and excited to support us throughout the games.

– Nicola Phillips, Team Wales Chef de Mission

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games begin on 4th April and close on 15th.

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