Roberts picked to swim in Commonwealth Games

By Rhys Roberts - December 22 2005
Roberts picked to swim in Commonwealth Games Dragons DSC Assistant coach, David Roberts MBE, has been picked to swim for Wales at next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Dragons DSC Assistant coach, David Roberts MBE, has been picked to swim for Wales at next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

David achieved a qualifying time at the Commonwealth trials held in the National Pool in Swansea earlier this month.

David with the Commonwealth Bronze medal he won for the 100m Freestyle in Manchester, 2002.

This will be David's second Commonwealth Games, as he was the only British disabled swimmer to win a medal at the Manchester 2002 competition when he took the Bronze in the 100m freestyle after breaking his own World Record.

He will be competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle events for Elite Athletes with Disabilities (EAD). These races will see swimmers of all disabilities swimming in the same events and the first swimmer to finish may not necessarily be the winner of the race. The medals are decided by which swimmer gets the closest, or beats the World Record in their disability classification for that event. This is why in Manchester 2002, David broke his own 100m Freestyle World Record, yet only took the Bronze as two other swimmers in the race bettered their classification World Records by a bigger margin.

The XVIII Commonwealth Games will take place in Melbourne, starting on March 15th, 2006 and concluding on the 26th of that month. David will be joined in Melbourne by one other Welsh EAD swimmer, fellow former Dragons D.S.C. member Rhiannon Henry.

We would like to congratulate them both on their selection and wish them both the best of luck in Melbourne.