As we approach the end of another record-breaking year, it’s a good time to reflect on our recent successes and also to look ahead to an exciting programme of activities in 2018.
The 2017 Welsh Athletics Annual Report provides a complete picture of the health of our sport, but it’s worth noting some of the significant achievements across the diverse range of activities we delivered in 2017.
From schools athletics to social running and from the vibrant club environment to the revitalised education programme, the record numbers participating and competing in our sport continue to create the solid foundations which feed into our performance structures This year, 43 GB vests were won by Welsh athletes. The most ever!
Looking ahead, 2018 will provide a packed schedule of events and activities. The first four months will see both the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham and the XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Here in Wales, the club support and modernisation programme will continue to gather momentum, as Welsh Athletics looks to create an appealing and sustainable future for the sport.
We will also seek input into the future direction of athletics through a comprehensive consultation process, which will help shape the next chapter in the story of athletics in Wales.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff team at Welsh Athletics, we’d like to say a huge thank you for the contribution you made to the success of athletics in Wales in 2017 and I’m sure, you would like to join us in wishing Team Wales every success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Matt Newman, CEO, Welsh Athletics