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CAAC 50th Anniversary

Monday 5 November 2018

Last Friday at Cardiff City FC stadium our club celebrated our 50th year with an Anniversary Dinner. The evening was a success, that included 181 people attending. Attendance was a mix of former members of both previous clubs, current officials parents, and younger members of our club. 

Many presentations were made, but this time they were not all made at the same time. Compere for evening was Robert Cole, a media man, and well known with his athletic reports. He started with a introduction of of club achievements, with a number of photos on a large screen, with music, that led into the first round of awards, before the first course meal was served. 

Many people who came to stage were questioned by Robert Cole who had read out a list of their achievements. Replies led to funny and informative responses, that went down well with those present. One table had our Academy Junior coaches, who were invited to the stage to be presented, as part of the future of our club.

Inbetween the presentations and meal courses, gave people the opportunity to circulate, meeting people on other tables. That led to meeting more people who came along, to join in greetings and pleasant conversation.

The great and good were there, in circulating met Nigel Walker, who was Club BAL team Captain, a World Class High Hurdler, winning 60MH bronze medal, in World Indoor Championships. Nigel then changed sports to rugby. He played for Cardiff Blues, and also played for Wales on wing, he was very fast sprinter too.

Nigel is Head of Institute of Sport England, based in London, but lives in Cardiff. Besides commuting to London Nigel travels all over England, but has bonus of going to top class International Sport events around the world. Nigel said that when he retires from his job, he intends coming back to our club to coach, not seniors, but U13/U15. From previous expericence in club coaching, Nigel will need coaching assistant(s) as he will be over whelmed with youngsters wanting to be coached in sprint hurdle events.

There were other star athletes there, including current ones, Bethan Davies Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist in last April event in Australia. Rhys William 400MH Gold medal in European Championships, Brett Morse Olympion. Sarah Omorgie U20 No1 Shot Putt Champion in UK, and 8th in UK Senior ranking list. 

But to end this post must give huge thank you to the Organising Committee for a successful and entertaining evening.

Club Sub Committee consisted of, Bernie Plain (Chairman), Helen James (President) Mark Gold (Club Manager) Rhiannon Linington-Payne WA's, and club 400m runner. If anyone has been left out, will add later.