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List of famous athletes from Wales, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Wales has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Welsh athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Wales and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Wales then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

A factual list, featuring athletes like Michael Tremellen and Daniel Pascoe.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Welsh athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Wales?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Wales in order to get more information about each one.

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Vinnie Jones Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United ...more

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Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back ...more

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Ryan Giggs Manchester United F.C. Ryan Joseph Giggs, OBE is a Welsh football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at Manchester United and co-owner of Salford City. Giggs made his first appearance for ...more

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Joe Calzaghe Joseph William "Joe" Calzaghe, CBE is a retired Welsh professional boxer. He is a former WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Super Middleweight Champion and The Ring Light Heavyweight ...more

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Gavin Henson Gavin Lloyd Henson is a Welsh rugby union player who currently plays for Bristol Rugby. He attracted much media attention as part of a Wales national team which achieved Grand Slams in the Six ...more

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Jonathan Brown Wrexham A.F.C. Jonathan David Brown is a Welsh footballer and Wales under-21 international who plays for Brackley Town.

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Gerald Davies Thomas Gerald Reames Davies CBE DL is a Welsh former rugby union wing who played international rugby for Wales between 1966 and 1978. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won ...more

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Gary Speed Sheffield United F.C. Gary Andrew Speed, MBE was a Welsh footballer and manager. As a player, he is best known for his spell between 1988 and 1996 at Leeds United where he won the English Football League First ...more

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Nicole Cooke Nicole Denise Cooke, MBE is a Welsh former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and World road race champion. Cooke announced her retirement from the sport on 14 January ...more

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Andy Dorman St. Mirren F.C. Andrew "Andy" Dorman is a Welsh international footballer who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. Born in England of English parents, he grew up in Wales ...more

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Jamie Tolley Macclesfield Town F.C. Jamie Christopher Tolley is a footballer who is currently a free agent after leaving Colwyn Bay. Until October 2005 he was a regular in the Wales under-21 team, having made his first appearance ...more

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Candy Evans Arthur "Candy" Evans was a Welsh miner, boxer, dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s and '30s, playing representative level rugby ...more

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Paul James Paul John James is 3 time inductee into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. He is a former Canadian World Cup and Olympic soccer player having competed for Canada in both the 1986 FIFA World Cup ...more

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Andy King Leicester City F.C. Andrew Philip "Andy" King is a professional footballer who plays for Leicester City as a midfielder. He has made over 250 league appearances for Leicester, where he has spent his ...more

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Eddie Avoth Eddie Avoth is a former boxer and actor. He was British and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, with a record of 44 wins from 53 fights.

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Tanni Grey-Thompson Carys Davina "Tanni" Grey-Thompson, Baroness Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL is a British former wheelchair racer and is a parliamentarian and television presenter. She was born in Cardiff, ...more

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Ben Thatcher Charlton Athletic F.C. Benjamin David "Ben" Thatcher is a former association football player. He played for a number of English clubs, and has featured in more than 300 English league games from his position ...more

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Jack Collison Wales national football team Jack David Collison is a Welsh international footballer who is without a club. Collison is a product of West Ham's youth academy and has quickly progressed from trainee to playing first team ...more

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Robert Earnshaw Cardiff City F.C. Robert Earnshaw is a Welsh international footballer who currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer. He is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the Premier League, ...more

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Steve Robinson Steve Robinson is a Welsh retired professional boxer. He is best known for working in Debenhams as a storeman in Cardiff, then with just two days' notice, he accepted the fight against John ...more

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Rhys Williams Burnley F.C. Rhys Williams is an Australian professional footballer who plays for English club Middlesbrough and the Australia national team. A very versatile player, Williams is adept at playing as a centre ...more

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Sam Ricketts Hull City A.F.C. Samuel Derek "Sam" Ricketts is an English-born Welsh international footballer who plays as a defender for Swindon Town on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. His favoured position at is ...more

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Colin Jones Colin Jones was a Welsh boxer, who became British, Commonwealth and European welterweight champion. Before turning professional he represented Great Britain at the 1976 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Andrew Crofts Gillingham F.C. Andrew Lawrence Crofts is a Wales international footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion. He started his career with Gillingham, for whom he made his Football League debut at the age ...more

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Lewis Price Crystal Palace F.C. Lewis Peter Price is a Welsh international goalkeeper who plays for Crawley Town on loan from Crystal Palace. He has previously played for Derby County and Ipswich Town.

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Enzo Maccarinelli Enzo Maccarinelli is a Welsh professional boxer. Nicknamed "Big Mac", he is a former WBO cruiserweight world champion, and the current commonwealth light heavyweight champion.

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Danny Collins Sunderland A.F.C. Daniel Lewis "Danny" Collins is a professional footballer who plays for Nottingham Forest as a defender. Collins also plays for the Wales national team. Collins started his career in ...more

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Jim Driscoll James "Jim" Driscoll commonly known as Peerless Jim was a Welsh boxer who learned his trade in the boxing ring and used it to fight his way out of poverty. Driscoll was British ...more

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Jason Brown Aberdeen F.C. Jason Roy Brown is a Welsh international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Conference Premier side Dartford.

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Matt Done Hereford United F.C. Matthew "Matt" Done is an English professional footballer who currently plays for English League One club Sheffield United as a winger.

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Nathan Cleverly Nathan Cleverly is a Welsh professional boxer and a former WBO light heavyweight world champion. He is also the former European, British and Commonwealth light heavyweight champion. He graduated ...more

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Alan Knill Bury F.C. Alan Richard Knill is a former Wales international footballer who played as a central defender for several clubs, including Halifax Town, Swansea City, Bury, Scunthorpe United and Rotherham ...more

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Carl Fletcher Crystal Palace F.C. Carl Neil Fletcher is a Welsh professional former football player and manager, currently employed as youth team manager at Bournemouth. As a midfielder Fletcher represented Wales at senior ...more

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Jayne Ludlow Arsenal L.F.C. Jayne Louise Ludlow is a Welsh football coach and former player. She is the Reading Women Director of Women's and Girls' Football and First Team Manager. As a player, Ludlow represented Arsenal ...more

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Carl Griffiths Brentwood Town F.C. Carl Brian Griffiths is an English-born Welsh former footballer and manager. He started his career with Shrewsbury Town in 1988, and after being voted onto the PFA Team of the Year, moved on to ...more

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Peter Gilbert Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Eric Peter Gilbert, known as Peter Gilbert, is a Welsh footballer who plays as a Defender for the Sacramento Republic. He has played in the Football League for Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City, ...more

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Mark Crossley Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Mark Geoffrey Crossley is an English-born Welsh former professional footballer, now a Goalkeeping Coach at Football Championship side Barnsley. As a player he was a goalkeeper from 1988 until ...more

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Jimmy Wilde Jimmy Wilde was a Welsh professional boxer and world boxing champion. He was the first official World Flyweight Champion and was rated by American boxing writer Nat Fleischer, as well as many ...more

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John Oster Crystal Palace F.C. John Morgan Oster is an English-born Welsh professional footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Conference Premier side Gateshead. Oster was a product of the youth team at Grimsby Town where ...more

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Andy Johnson Barnsley F.C. Andrew James "Andy" Johnson is an English born Welsh international football midfielder who last played for King's Lynn.

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Jess Fishlock Jessica Anne "Jess" Fishlock is a Welsh football midfielder who currently plays for Seattle Reign FC and the Wales women's national football team. She previously played for English ...more

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Andy Marriott Exeter City F.C. Andrew Marriott is an English-born Welsh professional footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. He is a journeyman player, having represented a large number of different clubs, and has also played ...more

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Jason Koumas Wigan Athletic F.C. Jason Koumas is a Welsh professional footballer. Currently in a second spell with Tranmere Rovers, his former clubs include Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic. Koumas is of ...more

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Nicky Adams Leicester City F.C. Nicholas William "Nicky" Adams is a Wales under-21 international footballer currently playing for Bury. He plays in midfield.

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David Davies David Davies is a Welsh Commonwealth Games and Olympic distance swimmer. Born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Davies swam for Wales at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and represented Great ...more

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Freddie Welsh Freddie Welsh was a Welsh lightweight boxing champion. Born in Pontypridd, Wales, and christened Frederick Hall Thomas, he was nicknamed the "Welsh Wizard". Brought up in a tough ...more

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Simon Jones Simon Philip Jones MBE is a Welsh cricketer, who played internationally for England. He played county cricket successively for Glamorgan, Worcestershire, and Hampshire, before re-signing with ...more

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Lee Bullock Bradford City A.F.C. Lee Bullock is an English footballer who plays for Whitby Town as a midfielder. He started his career with York City, with whom he played 171 league games and scored 24 goals, before he moved to ...more

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Eddie Niedzwiecki Andrzej Edward "Eddie" Niedzwiecki; born 3 May 1959) is a Welsh former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Wrexham and Chelsea and is now first-team coach at Stoke City. After ...more

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Lewin Nyatanga Derby County F.C. Lewin John Nyatanga is a Welsh international footballer who plays as a defender for Barnsley in the Football League One.