Tuesday 13th November, 2018
Nine Welsh athletes have been named as part of the 114 athletes included on British Athletics' World Class Programme for 2018-19.
The British Athletics World Class Programme is UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded initiative to support the delivery of success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Membership onto the WCP for 2018-19 is based upon an athletes’ potential to win a medal at Tokyo 2020 or Paris 2024.
There are three levels of membership of the WCP, split into five sections, and for 2018-19 the breakdown is as follows: Olympic Podium, Paralympic Podium, Olympic Podium Potential, Paralympic Podium Potential and Olympic Relays.
Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark; Poole) and Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans; Swansea) have both been selected at Olympic Podium Potential.
British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “The past 12 months have been filled with vital competitions as we head towards Tokyo 2020 and a whole host of athletes have risen to the challenge and demonstrated their quality when it matters most. The 114 athletes being offered membership onto the World Class Programme for 2018-19 reflects the great amount of strength we possess building towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond that towards Paris 2024."
Hollie Arnold (David Turner; Blackheath & Bromley), Olivia Breen (Aston Moore; City of Portsmouth), Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer Jones; Cardiff), Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson; Deeside), Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) and Jordan Howe (Christian Malcolm; DSW Para Academy) have all been selected as part of the Paralympic Podium Section, whilst Harri Jenkins (Anthony Hughes; DSW Academy) has been selected at Paralympic Podium Potential.
British Athletics Paralympic Head Coach Paula Dunn said: “After a successful World Para Athletics European Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2018, we have been able to add six high-quality athletes to the Programme who have achieved excellent progress throughout the year. We have a depth of strength throughout the Programme which sets us up for not only the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in 2019 and the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, but the next cycle as we head towards Paris 2024.”