69 of our brightest and best young athletes made the long journey to the traditional showpiece event of the Schools Track & Field calendar, this year hosted by Irish Schools at the same venue as used in 2013. The team was based at the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels within easy walking distance of the stadium and our thanks go to ISAA for their hospitality and attention to detail which made the occasion so enjoyable and rewarding for all.
Cool conditions and a keen breeze greeted the team on arrival at the Stadium, but the rain did not materialise and temperatures soared on the occasions when the sun broke through. Our thanks go to the small army of parents, family members and coaches who came along to give such generous support.
Team Management had set a target of matching the 2016 medal haul of 14, this was always going to be a tough challenge with many at the lower end of the Under 17 age grouping and with a sprinkling of Under 15s including some making their first International appearances. The good news was that the Welsh Schools team actually exceeded the target, with 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze making up the final tally of 15. Add to this no fewer than 9 4th places, as well as 18 personal bests and it has to be seen as a really successful trip.
Medallists were as follows:
Owain Lloyd-Hughes (Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera) 200m 22.38 (PB)
Kiara Frizelle (Cathedral School) 1500m – 4:33.09
Ben Thomas (Ysgol Y Strade) 1500m Steeplechase – 4:29.31 (PB)
Jay Morse (Stanwell) Discus – 52.54m & Shot – 15.18m
Jeremiah Azu (Llanishen) 100m – 11.01s
4x100m Boys Relay (Lloyd-Hughes, Azu, Iwan Robinson-Booth & Chinua Eberonwu) – 42.11s
4x300m Girls Relay (Armani Williams, Gabrielle Fakande, Macey Morris & Hannah Longden – 2:43.36
Remi Adebiyi (Gwynllyw) 1500m – 4:04.05
Tomos Slade (Cwmtawe) 100m Hurdles – no time available.
Tom Atkinson (Stanwell) Triple Jump – 13.90m (PB)
Mia Roberts (Brynhyfed) 3000m – 10:07.71
Megan Hodgson (Cowbridge) Pole Vault - 3.31m
Isabel Breedon (Tredegar) 300m Hurdles – 44.85s (PB)
4x100m Girls Relay (Issie Tustin, Moli Jones, Alicia Samuel & Caitlyn Mapps) – 49.46s
Also awarded on the day are the Charlie & Mona Hughes Awards which go to the most meritorious performances, congratulations to both Kiara Frizelle and Owain Lloyd-Hughes, this year’s winners.
Kiara produced a dominant performance, controlling her race where the gold medal never looked in doubt. Owain on the other hand had to really pick himself up after a disappointing 100m earlier in the day, he looked focussed throughout his 200m and held on to take gold on the line.
The event is also a team competition and Welsh Schools finished third behind the strong English and Irish squads but ahead of the Scots in fourth in both Boys and Girls events.
The thanks of Welsh Schools go out to Dai Gatehouse (International Secretary), lead Team Managers Graham Thomas and Helen John plus the remaining management team made up of Joan Goldsmith, Delyth Brown, Naomi Davies, Peter Walton, Zane Maynard and Steve Jones. Thanks also go to Michelle John, Michelle could not travel with the party this year but did so much behind the scenes to make it such an enjoyable event for all.
Boys results can be found by clicking here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/SIAB_Final_Results_Boys.pdf
Girls results can be found by clicking here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/SIAB_Final_Results_Girls.pdf
Boys team results can be found by clicking here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/SIAB_Points_Boys.pdf
Girls team results can be found by clicking here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/SIAB_Points_Girls.pdf