WSAA Sportshall Final
Sunday, March 11th
Welsh Schools held its’ annual Sporshall final at Cwmbran Stadium. The event is the culmination of a series of regional qualifiers held across the 8 School Districts and represents one of the largest grass roots events in Wales with many athletes who sit outside the club system. It provides a great vehicle for both talent identification and for providing young athletes with a fun, safe and exciting introduction to competitive athletics.
This year teams representing North West Wales (Eryri School District), Powys, Dyfed, Afan Nedd Tawe, Cardiff & the Vale as well as an Under 13 Girls team from Cyfartha High (representing Glamorgan Valleys), all took part with only the late withdrawal of North East Wales affecting numbers in attendance. The event features team competitions at both Under 13 and Under 15 levels with an individual competition for Under 15s (based on a points system similar to multi event competition).
It was again teams from North West Wales and Powys which dominated the event. However this year it was Powys who won all 4 team events with the North West having to settle for silver in all 4. Teams from Dyfed and Afan Nedd Tawe shared the bronze team medals two each.
There were closer battles for the individual trophies, the girls’ event being won by Keira McVeagh (Powys) on 142, second was Anya Williams (North West Wales) with 141 and third went to Amber Bennett (Powys) on 139. North West Wales’s Reece Thomas-Thompson took the boys individual (149) from team mate Shay Hardman 142 with Szymon Milica (Dyfed) in third on 130.
The winning teams will now advance to the UK final in Manchester during mid- April, they are accompanied by the two individual winners who get the chance to contest the individual competition which runs alongside the team event.
Thanks go to Chris Moss and the Network Officers Team from Welsh Athletics as well as all the teachers, district officers, sports development staff and press-ganged volunteers who supported all the qualifying matches and yesterday’s final. Special thanks also go to Adam Burgess and the team from UK Sportshall for the great job they do in driving the competitions.