Saughall sprinter Lucy Evans says she was ‘shocked’ to get the call to represent Team Wales at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Evans, 31, has been selected for the 4x100m relay team after putting in a series of impressive displays on the international circuit in recent months.
A specialist at 100m and 200m, Evans claimed victory at the Flanders Cup in Lokeren, Belgium, last month and third in the Welsh Athletics Senior Championships in Cardiff at the beginning of June, cementing her spot in the Welsh squad for the Games in Scotland.
“I was a bit shocked to get the call to be honest as you always hope that you have done enough but you always have that doubt,” said Evans, who runs for Sale Harriers and will be representing Wales owing to her father’s Wrexham roots.
“The Commonwealth Games is the biggest stage for representing Wales and it is certainly the biggest stage that I have ever competed on.
“Being in Glasgow, it will provide a chance for my family to come and see me compete at such a massive event, which will be absolutely huge for both them and me.”
Evans, who works in events and marketing for a company in Birkenhead, represented Wales at the first-ever Commonwealth Youth Games in Edinburgh back in 2000 and is relishing the chance to pull on the Team Wales jersey at a senior Games for the first time in her career.
“It’s funny as it’s about 14 years since I ran for Wales at the Youth Games in Edinburgh, and now I’m going back to Scotland and will finally be able to represent them at the senior competition,” said Evans, whose sponsorship from Sealand-based firm Really Welsh has helped her to meet the tough financial costs that come with competing internationally as an amateur athlete.
“The sponsorship has really helped me out as it costs a lot of money to keep going on the circuit,” she said.
“When you travel with the Wales squad then a lot of the costs are covered but when you are invited to events to compete as an individual, you have to meet these costs yourself. Some of these events are in the likes of Switzerland, Belgium and Hungary.
“Costs for physio sessions are what really costs a lot of money, but for me to pull on that Welsh jersey in Glasgow will make it all worthwhile.”
“Finding out I’d was going made last week one of the best of my life. I just want to get out there now and get competing and I just can’t wait.”