Athletes 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 "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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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.