A Conwy weightlifter will take part in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.

Former Ysgol Aberconwy student Harry Misangyi has been selected in the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games next month - April 4-15 - to take part in weightlifting.

He found out he'd been selected late last year, capping off a bumpy 2017 for the 20 year-old.

Misangyi said: “My initial reaction was pure relief and excitement. 2017 was a very long year for much of I was injured. This was restricting to what training I could do, but I managed to do what was needed to secure my seat on the plane.

“This will be my first Commonwealth Games, but definitely not my last. I’m determined to do the best I can for Wales in the Gold Coast and really make the most of the experience.”

He has already had a feel for the arena where he will be competing on the Gold Coast having taken part in the Commonwealth Championships, a qualifying event for the games, last year.

Misangyi said: “That was a fantastic experience. I was able to really learn from it and get a taste of what’s to come.”

He attends the NW1 gym in Llandudno who now boast two Commonwealth Game athletes with Misangyi joining Holly Knowles on the plane to the Gold Coast.

This is the third year he has been in the sport, having taken it up after hearing about the NW1 gym through his PE teacher at school.

Misangyi, who is currently studying Sport Science at Bangor University, said: “I liked the sound and I had seen a bit of weightlifting on the TV before so I thought I would give it a go.

“From day one I loved it and since have never looked back.”

He said the support from friends and families had helped him get to where he is today. His biggest supporter, his father will be on the plane with him to Australia sharing the journey with his son.