By Nick Butler

Michaela Breeze celebrates winning the second of her two Commonwealth Games gold medals - at Melbourne 2006 ©AFP/Getty ImagesDecember 11 - Wales' double gold medal winning weightlifter Michaela Breeze will return from retirement and seek to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, the 34-year-old has announced.

Breeze won gold medals at both the Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 Games, and became the first ever British women to compete in an Olympic weightlifting competition at Athens 2004. 

She competed again at Beijing 2008 - where she was Britain's only lifter - before taking a silver medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games after which she announced her retirement. 

Following her retirement, Breeze was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for "Services to Weightlifting" in 2011 and thereafter focused on coaching and opened a gym in Aberdare where she aimed to inspire the next generation.

But after some of those she coached entered her, as a joke, in the Welsh Championships she not only won comfortably but achieved the Commonwealth qualification standard.

She then represented Wales at the Celtic Championships in Cardiff, where she lifted 45 kilograms above the qualification standard, and this has convinced her that a comeback remains possible. 

Breeze won plaudits from around the world at Beijing 2008 after she battled through her competition despite suffering from injury ©Getty ImagesBreeze won plaudits from around the world at Beijing 2008 after she battled through her competition despite suffering from injury ©Getty Images

Breeze is currently one of two Welsh lifters, along with London 2012 Olympian Gareth Evans, who also achieved a Commonwealth qualification standard.

However she explained that it was "never her intention to come back after retiring".

"But after opening the gym last year there was some banter with some of the guys and they entered me in the Welsh Weightlifting Championships," she added.

"I managed the qualification standard with very little training, so that's when I thought about giving it a go.

"I'm trying to approach this more sensibly and just be sensible when I train and how hard I choose to push myself.

"Time will tell if the body will hold out but at the moment it's doing just great.

"I'm doing this with full commitment and one aim - to do Wales proud and give it my best in Glasgow."

Asked whether she was going to Glasgow for a medal, Breeze told the BBC that she was "not going to put myself under that kind of pressure" but was "not doing this to come back empty-handed".

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