Denbighshire's table tennis twins looking forward to Commonwealth Games

Published date: 22 July 2014 |
Published by: Shaun Davies
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The twins during the Queen's baton celebrations in Denbighshire 

CATCHING the Commonwealth Games virus is usually a positive move.
But the same can't be said of the 2014 Games!
Denbigh twins Angharad and Megan Phillips entered the Glasgow athletes' village for the Commonwealth Games earlier this week and the table tennis duo were given measures to make sure they didn't come into contact with a suspected outbreak of norovirus at the site.
The contagious diarrhoea and vomiting bug had spread to 53 workers since reports first emerged last Wednesday, but Commonwealth Games CEO David Grevemberg said the situation was not a problem and was being dealt with.
"Health and Safety is top priority," he said.
"We are in control of this situation. It is all being sorted, things are looking great."
Speaking on Monday afternoon, the twins' father Tegid Phillips said:
"The girls went into the village last night.
"They're trying to keep them as far away (from the outbreak) as possible.
"They've isolated it to just one portable cabin, I think.
"The facilities are excellent.
"It's all going well and the issue is one of settling into the village.
"They are training now as we speak."
The opening ceremony for the 2014 Games takes place tonight (Wednesday) - and up to 1 billion people around the world are expected to watch the spectacle.
Tegid added: "If it's anything like Delhi, it will be amazing.
"The Delhi opening ceremony was unbelievable."
Also making up the women's table tennis team are Naomi Owen, Charlotte Carey and Chloe Thomas.
Megan and Angharad are both involved in the team event, while Megan will also compete in the singles competition.
Meanwhile, Angharad will compete in the women's doubles and the mixed doubles.
"It (the table tennis) starts on the first day and finishes on the penultimate day," added Tegid.
Wales will be looking to improve on their 10th placed finish in Delhi four years ago, but it will be a tough ask, with the likes of Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and England likely to be strong in Glasgow.
The Phillips' twins received a major boost before heading to Glasgow. Local firm Gamlins Law says it is proud to sponsor two of Wales’s rising stars at Glasgow 2014 and the firm is looking forward to supporting them throughout the tournament.
Angharad and Megan will be competing in the Commonwealth Games for the second time, having experienced the Delhi Games in 2010.
Gamlins Law - which has five offices throughout North East Wales - is cheering the girls on by donating sponsorship funds to help them during the Games.
Both Angharad and Megan have spent summer placements at Gamlins Law offices in Denbigh, Abergele and Rhyl. They have gained essential work experience during their placements and have been of great assistance to the law firm.
Angharad and Megan were fortunate enough to carry the Queen’s Baton in the Vale of Clwyd as it toured the Commonwealth countries and territories across the world.
The sisters have been delighted to receive an enormous amount of support from their local community.
Angharad said, “Carrying the Queen’s Baton was such an honour and it was amazing to see so many people supporting us in our local town.
"We were thrilled when we learnt Gamlins Law would sponsor us in Glasgow.
"It is important to us that so many people back home in Wales are supporting our endeavours.”
Angharad and Megan will begin their tournament tomorrow (July 24).
"It has been a nerve-racking few months waiting for the selection announcement as we were unsure of how many women would be selected for the team - so, of course, it is a huge relief for ourselves, and our family, that the pair of us have been
selected!" said Megan.
With just over one month to go until the Commonwealth Games, all of the athletes who will be representing Wales at the event were invited to the National Sports Centre for a send-off event.
The day was an opportunity for the whole Welsh team to unite and for the athletes to receive their Commonwealth Games kit.
During their preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Angharad and Megan attended two of the Welsh table tennis team's Commonwealth training camps in the Sports Wales National Centre, Cardiff.
This gave the duo the opportunity not only to make sure they experienced intense training before the Games, but also to practice doubles with their team mates. The twins' final tournament before the Games was the high quality Heritage Oil Sussex Open, while outside of training and competing, the Phillips' twins were invited by Prestatyn High School to attend their 'Commonwealth Day'.

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