The Commonwealth Games started in the early hours of this morning on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Denbighshire and St Asaph residents will both have a reason to keep an eye on the 2018 games with local hopefuls Billy Edwards and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson both representing Wales in their chosen sports.

Edwards, who is a former Ysgol y Creuddyn pupil, will be taking part in the boxing on the Gold Coast.

Kerfoot-Robson, from St Asaph, will be the first Welsh Mountain biker to compete in a Commonwealth games since 2006, and is also taking part in the road race.

The 21-year-old Edwards boxes out of Dyffryn Boxing Club in Colwyn Bay, with coach Wesley Jones, and is already a seven times national champion.

His latest title came last year when he defeated Stacey Pearson, Afan Spartans, to defend his Welsh elite light welterweight crown in Cardiff.

He is now looking to take his slick, counter punching style to Australia where he will look to impress on the world stage.

Its has always been a dream for Kerfoot-Robson to compete in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games having watched his father, a former Welsh title winner and later a World Masters Champion, race on his bike.

He won his third consecutive Welsh Mountain Bike Cross Country win last summer at the Royal Welsh Show Ground and is the current Elite Welsh Road Champion.

The 22-year-old currently rides for Team Wiggins and splits his training between the Wales National Velodrome in Newport, the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff and the roads of Wales.

Sport certainly seems to run in the Kerfoot-Robson family with Mum, Louise, boasting a background in athletics; younger brother, Sol, showing huge potential in cyclo-cross; and sister Seren enjoying success in a range of sports.

Edwards will be one of the first athletes to compete when he takes on Antigua and Barbuda's Alston Ryan Men's 64kg round of 32 boxing on the first day of competition, April 5 at 3.32am our time.

While Kerfoot-Robson will be in action for the for the first time of the games on April 14 in the Men's Mountain Bike Cross Country event at 4.31am.