Year 13 pupil, Lara W, recently represented Wales in Table Tennis in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The event which took place in Birmingham, saw athletes from all across the world compete to take home medals for their countries in different sports. Lara played various different games and a highlight for her was winning 3-0 against Uganda. She tells us more about her time in the competition…
“I have recently returned from representing Wales in my first Commonwealth Games. I had the most incredible time especially when the first match I played was on the show courts at the NEC in Birmingham. Even more special was when we won 3-0 against Uganda. Having all my family and friends there to watch made it such a brilliant experience. We finished 4th in the team event which even though we were disappointed at the time, looking back this was an amazing achievement. We had overachieved as we went in as 14th seeds at the start of the competition. Wearing the Welsh shirt and being able to play in such a prestigious event really was the highlight of my sporting career.
Balancing my A-Level studies and training leading up to the games was difficult, but worth every minute. My aim now is to continue my studies at University and hopefully compete in the next games to be held in Victoria, Australia, in 2026.
St Michael’s School has given me the support I needed to manage both education and sport and I am grateful to all the teaching staff who have supported me. Thank you.”
Well done Lara, we are all extremely proud of you and we wish you the best of luck with your university course!