Four Cardiff athletes have been selected for the Welsh team to take part in the UK Schools Games which takes place in Sheffield, starting tomorrow 1st September.
The four are Anax da Silva, who is in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay, Jonathan Bailey in the high jump, David Callan in the pole vault and Matthew Field in the discus.
Cardiff's former 400m hurdles star Matt Elias is the team's mentor.
Good luck to all four and to the Welsh team
Cardiff's British Athletics League team slipped back into the BAL National Division 1 in the final match of the season at Newham on Saturday last, 27th August.
Competition in the premiership has proved just too tough for both men's and women's teams, especially after the men's spectacular promotions in two successive season's, and a period of consolidation for what are still young and improving squads could be beneficial.
It is a credit to the team and to team manager James Williams that they stuck it out to the end and, indeed, produced some good performances in the final match.
The club's 2011 annual presentation evening and disco will be held on Sunday 11th September from 6.30 to 10.00pm.
This annual event is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the past season both for the teams and the individuals who have performed well.
Cardiff's Andrew Hunt (a former winner of the Nos Galan 5k race) returned to form with a win at the Race the Train Event in Tywyn on Saturday last, 20th August.
The 14 mile endurance race is held in the Snowdonia National Park each year.
The Cardiff stalwart had missed several seasons due to long term injury but has overcome Achilles problems to take the title at the North Wales event following a strong second place finish at the Brecon 10 earlier this month.
Tuesday 23 August 2011
Ten Cardiff athletes travelled to Bedford to take part in the England Athletics under 17 and under 15 championships last weekend, 20-21 August, and returned with three medals between them.
Matthew Field took the bronze medals in both the under 17 shot put and discus whilst Elliot Slade (pictured) also took bronze in the 800m.
Tom Trottman narrowly missed a medal in the under 15 high jump, taking fourth place with a personal best clearance of 1.76m.
The annual Welsh under 15 cup final was held in Brecon yesterday,21 August and Cardiff ended the day in fourth place behind Pembroke (third) and Carmarthen, who were just pipped to the title by Swansea.
Cardiff fielded a depleted team and winners were scarce although Harry Hillman (pictured) won both the 100m A and 75m Hurdles A as well as coming third in the high jump in the under 13 age group.
Cardiff's Matthew Field (pictured), Ryan Leonard and Matteo Holmes picked up four medals between them when representing Wales at the Celtic Games in Antrim, Northern Ireland on Saturday last, 13th August. In addition, Elliot Slade won his speciality 800m.
Pride of place goes to Matthew Field who won both the Under 18 Discus and Shot Put, his performance in the latter (17.42m) breaking his own recently set Welsh age group record and putting him in the top spot in the UK under 17 rankings.
Cardiff athlete Lewis Akrill (17) who is coached by Peter Lane has just returned from the World Kidney Transplant Games in Gothenburg with two golds and a silver medal.
Lewis (pictured being congratulated by the Mayor of Caerphilly, Cllr Vera Jenkins) won the 100m and the ball throwing competition and came second in the Long Jump.
Lewis received his new kidney seven years ago from his mother Tracy and was determined that this setback would not stop his sporting ambitions. He has already competed in six British transplant games and won four gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump and ball throw) at last year's event.
Cardiff's international 800m runner Joe Thomas travels to Shenzhen, China as part of the British team competing in the World University Games.
Selection for this event will go some way towards compensating Joe for missing out on a place at the World Championships in Daegu.
Round one of the 800m takes place on Friday, 19th August, with the semi final the following day and the final on the 21st.
Cardiff's Christian Malcolm has been handed the captaincy of the Great Britain team to take part in the IAAF World Championships in Daegu later this month.
For Christian (pictured taking the silver medal in last year's European Championships), who will also contest his specialist 200m and the sprint relay, this is a well deserved honour after many years of distinguished service in the British team.