64 teams drawn from a total of 37 Schools across the 8 School Districts descended on Brecon for the last event of the WSAA Summer Track & Field programme as the Association hosted its’ third National event inside just 3 weeks.
The event is a team competition with each school district responsible for organising its’ own qualifying matches. The winners in each qualifier progress to the Cup Final with the runners up contesting the Plate. The age groupings are Under 14 (School Year 7 & 8) and Under 16 (School Year 9 & 10) with both boys and girls in competition. This is probably the largest and mostly keenly contested grass roots athletics competition held in Wales with experienced club athletes and those less experienced contesting a limited programme of events condensed into a 4.5 hour timetable.
The event had a special guest with Olympic bronze medal winning athlete Goldie Sayers in attendance. Goldie spent her time at the event signing autographs, talking to athletes and appearing in dozens of selfies and photographs. She was also part of the presentation team that presented all competitors with their commemorative medals, the thanks of WSAA go to our good friends Adrian Palmer and Chris Moss at Welsh Athletics for making this happen.
Good weather conditions, especially a lack of wind, saw 15 new Cup and Plate best performances set over the course of the day:
Samia Jones – Ysgol Syr Huw Owen – Under 14 Girls Cup 1500m 4:50.65
Elina Dineen – Ysgol Glantaf – Under 14 Girls Cup 70m H 11.02s
Ysgol Glantaf – Under 14 Girls Cup 4x100m Relay 52.83s
Rosie Domican – Under 14 Girls Cup High Jump 1.55m
Maisie Greenhalgh – Cwm Rhymni Gelli Haf – Under 16 Girls Cup Shot 9.26m
Louis Spencer – Stanwell – Under 16 Boys Cup 1500m 4:19.99
Eirian Owen-Anning – Ysgol Morgan Llywd – Under 14 Girls Plate 100m – 13.30s
Nia Williams – Bro Dinefwr – Under 14 Girls Plate Shot 10.19m
Ellia Jackson – Radyr – Under 14 Girls Plate Discus 26.41m
Joseph Wayte – Monmouth – Under 14 Boys Plate 200m 24.20s
Charlie Holland – Bishopston – Under 14 Boys Plate 800m 2:05.78
Ben Vincent – Whitchurch – Under 14 Boys Plate Long Jump 5.44m
Nia Riley – Radyr – Under 16 Girls Plate 800m 2:22.33
Grace Morgan – Radyr – Under 16 Girls Plate Long Jump 4.87m
Molly Greenman – Radyr – Under 16 Girls Plate Shot 10.62m
Congratulations to all the athletes who set new records in their respective competitions.
The team events were as usual highly competitive affairs with many coming down to the 4x100m relay races on the track, the team winners were:
Under 14 Boys Cup – Cardiff High (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 14 Girls Cup – Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 16 Boys Cup – Gartholwg (Glamorgan Valleys)
Under 16 Girls Cup - Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 14 Boys Plate – Whitchurch (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 14 Girls Plate – Bro Dinefwr (Dyfed)
Under 16 Boys Plate – Corpus Christi (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 16 Girls Plate – Radyr (Cardiff & the Vale)
Charlie Hughes Trophy Winners – Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff & the Vale)
Cardiff & the Vale schools dominated the team awards with Glantaf awarded the Charlie Hughes trophy as a result of winning both Girls’ Cup competitions. Toughest competition of the day came in the Under 16 Boys Cup where both Gartholwg and Stanwell scored 82 points and with equal numbers of event wins, the trophy went to Gartholwg because of a superior number of second places, our commiserations to Stanwell who can be proud to have come so close
WSAA would like to express thanks to all the Schools District Officers who help organise qualifying events as well as all the officials without who we would not be able to stage events. It was again the Welsh Athletics Competitions team who organised all the results, our thanks to Darran Williams and Rhiannon Linington-Payne. Thanks also to all the staff from our 37 Schools at Brecon for the work they have done with the athletes. A fabulous day of athletics.