Welsh women’s rugby star Non Evans will tomorrow attempt to win a medal for her country at the Commonwealth Games when she takes part in the one-day Olympic free style wrestling in Delhi.
Evans was one of the stars at the recent World Cup despite her sides disappointing overall finish of 9th place.
In competing tomorrow, Evans is making history not just because she will become the first woman to compete in three sports in the Commonwealth Games after judo and weightlifting but shes also part of the first ever Wales wrestling team at the competition.
She explains how its been going: I weighed in today and was 54.7kg meaning I have lost 4kg since the World Cup. I fight under 55kg so making my weight was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Starvation, dehydration, running in a sweat suit in 35 degree heat its been crazy! If I ever complain that anything in my life is tough again I need to be reminded of this day!
The entire wrestling competition happens in one day and if Evans wants to win the gold medal she will have to win four in a row tomorrow shes been drawn against one of the Indian favourites.
Its sort of the draw no one wanted so Ive had no luck with the draw this year at either the World Cup or at the wrestling!
Much has been written about the poor facilities and planning in Delhi ahead of these Games but Evans is happy enough.
Its going to be really tough but Im very excited to be here. The facilities are actually great and its the best athletes village I have ever been in with wrestling mats, pool, gym, running track and so on all on site. Now that everyone has arrived its gotten pretty busy. My only complaint is a very hard bed but apart from that everything is great.
Evans also praised the opening ceremony which she says was wonderful to be part of.
It was special and just fantastic to be there for it. I haven't seen any of the real India yet though, apart from out of the bus window as we are away from it all here as athletes. We could be anywhere!
Evans competes tomorrow, October 7ty.