Meet The UK Forces Athletes Competing At The Commonwealth Games

Date: Thursday April 5, 2018 at 1:56pm

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are underway on Australia's Gold Coast.

14 serving athletes or veterans will be going for glory, with all four of the home nations represented.

Army boxing star Alanna Nihell, the sole forces boxer competing, will be looking for an upgrade on the bronze she won at the Glasgow Games four years ago.

The lance corporal has the honour of being the Northern Ireland women's team captain.​​​


Troops will be aiming for places on the podium at the firing range too.

Sergeant Sam Gowin will hope to have his eye in for the rapid fire pistol event for England, with Army colleagues Mike Bamsey (below) and Stuart Hill representing Wales and Northern Ireland in the target rifle competition.

They'll be up against Northern Ireland's most successful Games athlete, David Calvert.

The ex-RAF pilot has four golds and four bronze medals in a career that dates back to 1978.

Army Captain Gemma Rowland (below) and RAF Senior Aircraftwoman Sian Williams will wear the red of Wales on the rugby sevens pitch, with the women's event making its long-overdue Commonwealth Games debut.​

Joe Nayacavou, from 2 SCOTS, will add some Fijian flair to the Scotland men's side.

Fern Davies is in defence for the Welsh netball team, meanwhile and the RAF's Sportsman of the Year Liam Sanford will go for gold with the England hockey side.​

The Para-sport programme could yield medal winners too. 38 golds are up for grabs across seven sports.

Glasgow Games veteran Micky Yule will compete in powerlifting along with Nerys Pearce and Sean Gaffney.

And former Royal Marine Joe Townsend, who lost both legs serving in Afghanistan, will be hoping for Paratriathlon glory.

He will be determined to taste success after his disappointment at the Rio Olympic Games two years ago.​​​