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Famous Athletes from Wales

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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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    Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) 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 (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance,...  more
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    Ryan Giggs

    Manchester United F.C.
    Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former player. He is the manager of the Wales national team and a co-owner of Salford City. He played his entire...  more
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    Joseph William Calzaghe, ( kal-ZAH-gee; born 23 March 1972) is a Welsh former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2008. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the...  more
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    Gavin Lloyd Henson (born 1 February 1982) is a Welsh rugby union player who currently plays for Dragons in the Pro14. He attracted much media attention as part of a Wales national team which achieved...  more
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    Jonathan Brown

    Wrexham A.F.C.
    Jonathan David Brown (born 17 April 1990) is a Welsh professional footballer and former Wales under-21 international who plays as a winger for USL Championship club Hartford Athletic....  more
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    Thomas Gerald Reames Davies CBE DL (born 7 February 1945 in Llansaint) 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...  more
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    Gary Speed

    Sheffield United F.C.
    Gary Andrew Speed, MBE (8 September 1969 – 27 November 2011) was a Welsh professional footballer and manager. Having played for the Leeds United youth team, he started off his professional career...  more
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    Nicole Denise Cooke, MBE (born 13 April 1983) is a Welsh former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and World road race champion. Cooke announced her retirement from the sport...  more
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    Andy Dorman

    St. Mirren F.C.
    Andrew Dorman (born 1 May 1982) is a Welsh international footballer who played for Wales, New England Revolution, Crystal Palace and St. Mirren. Born in England of English parents, he grew up in...  more
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    Jamie Tolley

    Macclesfield Town F.C.
    Jamie Christopher Tolley (born 12 May 1983) is a footballer who plays for Newtown in the Welsh Premier League. Until October 2005 he was a regular in the Wales under-21 team, having made his first...  more
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    Paul John James (born 11 November 1963) is a Canadian retired professional football player who played midfield. He was a one-time CONCACAF champion who represented Canada at both the Los Angeles 1984...  more
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    Andy King

    Leicester City F.C.
    Andrew Philip King (born 29 October 1988) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Rangers on loan from Leicester City and the Wales national team. He is...  more
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    Eddie Avoth (born 2 May 1945) is a former boxer and actor. He was British and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, with a record of 44 wins (20 by knockout) from 53 fights....  more
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    Carys Davina Grey-Thompson, Baroness Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL (born 26 July 1969), known as Tanni Grey-Thompson, is a Welsh politician, television presenter and former wheelchair racer. She has also...  more
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    Ben Thatcher

    Charlton Athletic F.C.
    Benjamin David Thatcher (born 30 November 1975 in Swindon, Wiltshire) is a former footballer. He played for a number of English clubs, and has featured in more than 300 English league games from his...  more
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    Jack Collison

    Wales national football team
    Jack David Collison (born 2 October 1988) is a Welsh football coach and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Collison began his career with Peterborough United's youth system in...  more
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    Robert Earnshaw

    Cardiff City F.C.
    Robert Earnshaw (born 6 April 1981) is a Welsh former international footballer who played as a forward. He is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the Premier League, all three divisions of...  more
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    Steve Robinson (born 13 December 1968 Cardiff) 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...  more
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    Rhys Williams

    Burnley F.C.
    Rhys Williams (born 14 July 1988) is an Australian professional footballer who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Qadsiah and the Australia national team. A very versatile player, Williams is adept at...  more
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    Sam Ricketts

    Hull City A.F.C.
    Samuel Derek Ricketts (born 11 October 1981) is a former professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Shrewsbury Town. His favoured position was at full...  more
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    Colin Jones (born 21 March 1959 in Gorseinon, Swansea) was a Welsh boxer, who became British, Commonwealth and European welterweight champion. Before turning professional he represented Great...  more
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    Andrew Crofts

    Gillingham F.C.
    Andrew Lawrence Crofts (born 29 May 1984) is a professional footballer who is a player-coach for Brighton & Hove Albion under-23's. He has made 29 appearances for Wales at international level. He...  more
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    Lewis Price

    Crystal Palace F.C.
    Lewis Peter Price (born 19 July 1984) is a Welsh international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship club Rotherham United. He has previously played for Derby County, Ipswich Town,...  more
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    Enzo Maccarinelli (born 20 August 1980) is a Welsh former professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2016. He held the WBO cruiserweight title from 2006 to 2008, and at regional level the European...  more