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Thursday 7 September 2017

The third Cardiff AAC Young Throwers Invitational and most successful competition to date took place at Cardiff International Sports Campus on Tuesday evening, 5th September.

No fewer than nine new personal bests were achieved by the competing athletes in the two disciplines, hammer and discus. Of particular note was Ethan Witchell’s 24.83m throw in the discus which ranks him as No.1 in Wales and No.11 in the UK, a fantastic achievement considering this is only his first year as an U13.

The competitions are being carried out as a series of regular throwing events held under the umbrella of Cardiff AAC. The original idea to help improve the heavy throws for the club by giving younger members a chance to throw locally was initiated by Cardiff AAC club captain Brett Morse, Lisa Grimwade and Ian Leek and supported by the general committee.

The competition is a closed event by invitation only and primarily for children/young adults U13 to U20s, with occasional guest throwers. The third event involved a total of 12 athletes contesting the hammer throw and discus.

The results were:

Hammer Throw:

Under 11 boys: Leon Gregson – 23.02m (Personal Best)
Under 15 boys: Evan Jones – 21.41m (Personal Best)
Under 15 girls: 1. Cassey Grimwade - 43.69m. 2. Lily Gregson – 23.98m (Personal Best)
Under 17 women: Caitlin Chapman – 20.28m (Personal Best)


Under 11 boys: Leon Gregson – 15.20m (Personal Best)
Under 13 boys: Ethan Witchell – 24.83m (Personal Best)
Under 13 girls: Ella Lyons – 17.40m (Personal Best)
Under 15 boys: Evan Jones – 22.77m (Personal Best)
Under 15 girls: 1.Cassey Grimwade - 29.91m (Personal Best), 2. Lily Gregson 21.69m
Under 17 men: Jay Morse – 54.13m

The organisers would like to thank the following:

  • The parents who helped during the evening.
  • The House of Sport/Cardiff and Vale College and their staff for the help and support in setting up the competitions.
  • Darran Williams of Welsh Athletics with his help in obtaining the competition licences.  

Special thanks go to Peter Morris for his spiking in the sector, and keeping the level 2 and level 1 officials on their toes.