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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 December 2005, 14:31 GMT
Breeze leads Wales weightlifters
Michaela Breeze
Breeze won a gold and two silvers at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
Michaela Breeze will lead Wales' four-strong weightlifting team at next year's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Breeze, 26, won gold in the 58kg snatch and silvers in the clean and jerk and overall categories at the Games in Manchester four years ago.

Siblings Terry and Natasha Perdue, and Kate Howard complete the line-up.

Wales won six medals in Manchester, but they will not be able to match that feat in Melbourne because medals will only be awarded in the overall class.

Even so, national coach Ray Williams still expects his team to be a major force.

we are confident of returning with a healthy medal haul
Wales national weightlifting coach Ray Williams

"This is a strong squad rich in experience and hungry for success," he said.

"They have proved their calibre by successfully reaching the selection criteria and I have doubt that they will make Wales justifiably proud.

"While we cannot expect to match the six medals achieved in Manchester because of changes in medal classification, we are confident of returning with a healthy medal haul."

Breeze has recently recovered from knee surgery, but the multiple British record holder will be one of Wales' best medal hopes at the Games.

Howard, the 26-year-old 48kg British record holder, finished in fourth on her Commonwealth Games debut in Manchester.

Natasha Perdue, 30, will be making her Games debut just two years after switching from karate.

Brother Terry, 34, is looking for his first medal in his third appearance, having finished sixth in 1994 and fifth in 2002.

Wales will also have two athletes with a disability competing in the strength events, as powerlifters Glen Puxley and Gideon Griffiths will make their Commonwealth bows in the bench press at Melbourne.

Since he stepped into the competitive arena three years ago, Puxley, 22, has pushed through the ranks to become the reigning National and British champion in the 100kg category.

At the European Open Powerlifting Championships in Quarteira, Portugal in November, Puxley contributed a gold to the total of nine medals won in an impressive performance by the Great Britain team.

Carmarthen star Griffiths, 38, may have only been competing for four months but he has already set the benchmark for his competitors by securing a gold medal in his category at the National Powerlifting Championships and a silver medal in the UK Open Powerlifting finals.





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