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Leah Wilkinson Gains 200th Cap at Commonwealth Games

Welsh and Great Britain Defender Leah Wilkinson has hit a milestone in her hockey career by becoming the most capped Welsh athlete in any sport.

After making her debut for Wales in 2004 and her Great Britain debut in 2019, at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Leah played her 200th game against England in the final pool game of the tournament.

Playing for Wales means so much to everyone and I’m fortunate that it was me. I have had an incredible journey since 2004, every time I put on a shirt it feels like the first time

Leah competed in 179 Welsh games, 21 Great Britain games, and 4 Commonwealth Games and was a part of the Great Britain squad that won Bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Leah Wilkinson at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Leah started playing hockey when she was young after being taken to watch her parents every weekend. At the age of 16 Leah really started to focus on hockey and by the age of 17 she had played her first senior match for Wales, and she grew from then.

Leah commented “For me, I love the sport and my teammates and that is what has kept me playing for so long. To have been able to represent Wales at 4 commonwealth games and GB at an Olympic Games is a dream come true and one I will never forget. Thank you to everyone one who has helped me to achieve my dream, I will forever be grateful. What a journey!"

“I am delighted to have reached 200 combined caps for Wales and GB. When I gained my first Welsh cap in 2004, never did I think this would be a possibility, let alone to also hold the record of the most capped athlete in Wales in any sport. I just love playing hockey and love playing for Wales”

Her next competition for Wales is the Euro Hockey Championships Qualifiers starting on the 25 of August until 28 of August, in Durham. They will face:

  • Slovakia at 17:15 on Thursday 25 August,
  • England at 13:00 on Saturday 27 August,
  • Croatia at 10:45 on Sunday 28 August.

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