NASUWT Cup & Plate Final
Penlan Arena – Brecon, Wednesday July 11th.
63 teams drawn from a total of 41 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’ second National event inside just 5 days.
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 is sponsored by NASUWT Cymru with the support extending to 19 years at this event. WSAA is grateful to the teaching union for its’ continuing support.
Good weather conditions, especially a lack of wind, saw 13 new Cup and Plate best performances set over the course of the day:
Ella Wintle – Ysgol Y Preseli - Under 14 Girls Cup 300m 42.05s
Caitlyn Mapps – Islwyn High – Under 16 Girls Cup 200m 24.95s
Islwyn High – Under 16 Girls Cup 4x100m Relay 51.79s
Caitlyn Mapps- Islywn High – Under 16 Girls Cup Long Jump 5.39m
Lowri Broughton – Glantaf – Under 16 Girls Cup Triple Jump 9.80m
Iwan Glynn – Bro Myrddin – Under 16 Boys Cup 300m 36.37s
India Collinson – Olchfa – Under 16 Girls Plate Long Jump – 4.88m
Alice Corden – Y Gwyndy – Under 16 Girls Plate Triple Jump 9.22m
Holly Pemberton – Darland – Under 16 Girls Plate Javelin 38.16m
Josh Nott – Corpus Christi – Under 16 Boys Plate 200m 23.26s
Charlie Holland – Bishopston – Under 16 Boys Plate 800m 2:05.21
Ben Reynolds – Y Gwyndy – Under 16 Boys Plate 1500m 4:14.34
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso – Corpus Christi – Under 16 Boys Plate 80mH 11.14s
Congratulations to all the athletes who set new records in their respective competitions. Special mention to Caitlyn Mapps (Islywn High) who set 2 personal Championship bests in the 200m and Long Jump and then anchored her school 4x100m relay team to both victory and a 3rd. Championship best.
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 – Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr (Afan Nedd Tawe)
Under 14 Girls Cup – Ysgol Y Preseli (Dyfed)
Under 16 Boys Cup – Whitchurch (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 16 Girls Cup - Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 14 Boys Plate – Newbridge (South East Wales)
Under 14 Girls Plate – Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 16 Boys Plate – Corpus Christi (Cardiff & the Vale)
Under 16 Girls Plate – Caerleon (South East Wales)
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 a double across Under 16 Girls Cup and the Under 14 Girls Plate. It was however good to see trophies shared across 4 of the School Districts, with South East Wales picking up 2 Plate competitions this time around.
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 41 Schools at Brecon for the work they have done with the athletes. A fabulous day of athletics.
Thanks to Steve Jones (WSAA) for the detailed report.