Michaela Breeze to captain Wales at Commonwealth Games
Michaela Breeze has won two Commonwealth gold medals
Reigning Commonwealth champion Michaela Breeze has been awarded the Team Wales captaincy at the 2010 Commonwealths.
The 31-year-old weightlifter will lead the 175-strong Wales squad in Delhi in her final tournament before retirement.
"When I was first asked to be captain I was left totally speechless," said the double-Commonwealth champion.
"To lead your country at a major event like this is an amazing honour. It will be the ultimate way to finish my career as an international weightlifter."
The two-time Olympian, who hopes to retain her 63kg Commonwealth title, admits she is "choked up" but "so proud" at the thought of being captain.
Team Wales bosses had a number of experienced and world-class athletes to chose from to take over from Paralympic great Dame Tanni Grey Thompson who skippered Wales to 3 golds, 5 silver and 11 bronze medals at the 2006 Commonwealths.
Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke, Olympic team pursuit champion Geraint Thomas, European 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene, European sprint silver medallist Christian Malcolm and Commonwealth champion swimmer David Davies will be among Wales' medal hopefuls in Delhi.
Breeze carried the Welsh flag at the closing ceremony in Melbourne after winning her second Commonwealth title.
And she was confirmed as captain by Welsh Sports Minister Alun Ffred Jones at the Team Wales send-off in Cardiff ahead of the Commonwealths which starts in the Indian capital on 3 October.
"The 2010 Commonwealth Games will be the very last time I ever put a weightlifting bar over my head," she said.
Not only is Michaela a great competitor, but she also has an incredible ability to motivate and bring people together
Team Wales Chef de Mission Chris Jenkins
"I have one more shot at a medal, and I aim to lead by example while also supporting every other athlete representing Wales in Delhi.
"But no-one will be more proud of me being captain of Team Wales than my dad, John, who was born and brought up in the Mid Wales village of Llanidloes. We are both fiercely proud of our Welsh heritage."
Breeze, who is a school PE teacher in Devon, also won a gold and two silvers at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester before a second Commonwealth crown in Melbourne.
"Not only is Michaela a great competitor, but she also has an incredible ability to motivate and bring people together," Team Wales Chef de Mission and Commonwealth Games Council for Wales director Chris Jenkins said.
"When she's not training or in competition she's busy talking to other athletes whatever their sport.
"We have every confidence she will make a first-class team captain."
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