A new club and Welsh Record and Results Round Up (Schools U14 & U16 Cup, NYAL @ Cardiff, UK U20 & U23 Championships and Ashleigh Hellyer)

Wednesday 13th June was the Afan Nedd Tawe Schools U14 & U16 Cup Match at Swansea University and there was a great turnout with over 20 schools participating. The weather was kind for once this season and the lucky schools who came first or second in their sections to progress to the welsh schools final at Brecon on Wednesday 11th July are; Gwyr Junior Boys, Bishopston Junior Girls, Gwyr Middle Boys and Olchfa Middle Girls in the Cup Final, Olchfa Junior Boys, Gwyr Junior Girls, Bishopston Middle Boys and Gwyr Middle Girls in the Plate Final. Very well done to all those athletes who took part and many thanks to all the teachers for attending and officiating and to all the chief officials from Neath Harriers and Swansea Harriers who coordinated the judging and scoring, Swansea Harriers team of 12 mums and 1 dad who ran the tuck shop too! Extra special thanks again to Jo Davis on the epic task of checking and typing up all the results and team scores, which can be viewed by clicking here ANT Cup Results 13-06-2012.xls

The UK U20 & U23 Championships were held in Bedford over the 16th & 17th June this included the trials for the World Junior Championships.The club had 3 athletes who reached the tough qualification criteria where they were up against the best U20 & U23 athletes the UK has to offer and all performed excellently. Paul Bennett had a great day claiming bronze in the U23M 400m Hurdles in a new personal best of 52.40, Stephen Scarfi had a great result to finish 6th in the U20M Pole Vault with a new personal best too of 4.25m and Toni Wells finished 7th in the U20W Hammer with yet another throw over 50m (50.63m). Congratulations to them all. Click here for the full results.

Saturday 16th June Ashleigh Hellyer set his 5th  personal best in 6 meetings with a 7.60m shot in the German National Paralympic Championships held in BERLIN, this performance exceeds the standard of 7.50m required to be considered for selection in London for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team. Everyone at the club wishes Ashleigh all the best in his quest to make the team.

Sunday 17th June saw the U13, U15 & U17 National young athletes league 3rd and final league match at Cardiff. The team put in an incredible performance to score 975 points which must be one of their best ever league results. The team won all 3 of the league fixtures and all 3 were away from home. As a result they will now travel to Stoke on the 29th July for the UK Midland Regional Final where they will meet the top two from each of the premier divisions, Midland Premier North, Midland Premier South, Midland Premier East, plus next two highest scoring third place teams from the premier divisions. (league points, then if equal match points) to make a total of 8 teams. The level of opposition will be exceptionally tough at Stoke but the club is confident that the juniors can follow the example of the senior womens team and hold their own. Depending on how they get on at Stoke they could then qualify for the National Main and Auxiliary Finals at Manchester in September. Watch this space to see how they get on. Many thanks and congratulations to all those athletes that have represented the club in the league fixtures this season. At Cardiff individual highlights included Grade 1 performances by U15G Hannah Brier in the 100m (12.6) and 200m (25.48), U17W Stephanie Nicholas (34.28m) Discus, U15G Jessica Harry (1.50m) High Jump and U13G Rachel Jones (9.10m) Shot. Special thanks to all the team mangers on getting out full and competitive teams and to all the officials to we had 13 present at Cardiff which must be a club record too! Click here for the full results. Finally one exceptional performance was done by Miles Keller-Jenkins in the U15B High Jump where he set a new club record to go joint 3rd on the UK All Time rankings list with a leap of 1.97m to break a club and welsh record that some though may never be broken, very well done Miles a very exciting result.