Deon in Commonwealth Games squash team

First published in Sport

BARRY woman Deon Saffrey is part of a seven-member squad selected by Squash Wales and the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales to represent the Principality at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

During her squash career, Deon has collected a large selection of silverware, including being crowned U23 British champion, Finnish Open champion and Delaware Open champion

Both of her parents played squash when she was younger and, after trying her hand at a range of sports, the 26-year-old stuck at squash after finding it the most challenging.

Deon competes in the ladies' singles and doubles and mixed doubles in Glasgow. In the ladies' doubles, she will be partnered by Cardiff's Tesni Evans, with the duo going into the Games as the current British Open champions.

Indeed, Deon completed a winning double at the British Open in January and, as well as winning the ladies' doubles, triumphed in the mixed doubles with Dave Evans, beating the No 1 English pair. Also going to Glasgow, 39-year-old Dave is Wales’ most experienced squash player and has already competed at three Commonwealth Games - Kuala Lumpur (1998), Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006).

Competing across four different events- ladies' doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and singles- the squad will be looking to put the disappointment of missing out at the Delhi 2010 Games behind them.

Chris Jenkins, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, said: “It’s fantastic to see squash back in the Team Wales line-up for the Commonwealth Games, and the squad’s selection is testament to the hard work and results that the players have achieved over the last year or so.

“We’re sending the full complement of sports to the Glasgow Games, the first time Wales will have done so for a considerable amount of time. And we’re really excited to be able to support the squash players in their events."

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