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Wrexham ready to welcome back Lesotho athletes

Published date: 26 February 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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African athletes who used Wrexham as their base during the 2012 Olympics are to return to the town this year.

Glyndwr University will again host Team Lesotho ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 30-strong team will live and train in Wrexham before the competition this summer.

The African nation caused quite a stir when it was based in Wrexham prior to the London Olympics, with the university even flying the Lesotho flag to make the team feel at home.

On that occasion, the athletes – three marathon runners, a 200m sprinter and a swimmer – stayed at the student village and trained at Glyndwr’s campus, Queensway, Bangor-on-Dee racecourse and Waterworld.

The athletes are this year representing Lesotho in sports including athletics, boxing, mountain biking, swimming, squash and table tennis.

Prof Michael Scott, vice-chancellor of Glyndwr University, said he was “thrilled” to welcome back the team.

“We’re really happy Team Lesotho has chosen to return to Wrexham
to train for the Games, everyone is thrilled to have them back,” he said.

“When they were here for the 2012 Olympics they became part of the Glyndwr community and part of the fabric of life here at the university.

“Their enthusiasm and energy rubbed off on everyone and we consider them our friends.”

“This part of Wales in particular has a very special relationship with Lesotho and the team’s stay here strengthened that.

“I wish them good luck in their training and at the Commonwealth Games, where I’m sure they’ll be very successful.”

Last summer, Glyndwr University and the Government of Lesotho signed an agreement which will see Glyndwr and the University of Lesotho share best practice in different fields, including climate change, sport and equality over the next five years.

Glyndwr students will also get the chance to train at the high altitude training centre at Lesotho’s second-largest dam, Mohale.

Welsh Government First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said the “excellent facilities” on offer prove that Wales belongs on the world stage.

“The recruitment of teams for pre-Game camp locations across Wales prior to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games showcased the excellent facilities we have on offer here and put us in the best possible position for consideration for future sporting events.

“Wales’ relationship with Lesotho continues to go from strength to strength.

“We have formed strong links through our Wales for Africa programme and in 2012 committed to help the country develop its own climate change strategy, which not only makes a difference to the lives of those in Lesotho but helps our experts study the impact of climate change.”

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  1. Posted by: Boycs at 13:54 on 26 February 2014 Report

    30 will arrive here ahead of the games. I wonder how many will go bacj to Lesotho. Jokes

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