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Super Saturday for Dyfed Secondary SchoolChildren in 2018 Carmarthen Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 16 June 2018 18:15

A two-day weekend of competition was held at Carmarthen Leisure Centre on Friday evening and all day today (Saturday) at the 2018 staging of the Dyfed Secondary Schools Athletics Championships. ALL THE RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE VENUE TRACKSIDE!

 

2018 Dyfed Secondary Schools Athletics Championships over the weekend...as schoolchildren from all four corners of the Dyfed Region take centre stage. Pencampwriaeth Athletau Ysgolion Uwchradd Dyfed dros y penwythnos...wrth i blant o bob gornel o Dyfed cymryd rhan.

 

 

Friday evening 15th June and today (Saturday 16th June) saw the big Dyfed Secondary Schools Athletics Championships return to the Carmarthen Leisure Centre Athletics Track in Johnstown after a year gap, following the cancellation of nearly all events in 2017 because of the poor weather.

It saw approximately 350 athletes taking the spotlight and several hundred parents and teachers attend throughout the weekend to support the young athletes. While there were plenty of club runners from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Swansea present, it was also the opportunity for the less experienced schoolchildren to take part in a major competition.

The top finishers in each event from the four area championships that were held in May at Carmarthen, Llanelli and Haverfordwest qualified to compete and represent their area at the two-day weekend programme on the track and in the field. At the track in Carmarthen was the first hosting of two at the venue, with the Brianne area championships first to take place. 24 hours later up the A484 at Pemberton, the six Llanelli schools headed on the short trip across town to the home of Llanelli AC.

St Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest was the venue for all the Pembrokeshire schools before a week later on one of the warmest days of the summer so far, 8 Ceredigion schools travelled south for their match using the facilities at Carmarthen.

 

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The action got underway on Friday evening (15th June) where the first 6 events of the 2018 championships was held ahead of the big day. These included the long hurdles, 1000m Walk, where we saw the first new record and 3000m along with sole competitors in the Pole Vault and Hammer on the field.

Around 14 hours later for the school athletes, parents and teachers, all roads from Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire led to the Carmarthen Leisure Centre in Johnstown early on Saturday morning (16th June) where the first set of events began at 10.00am on the field with the track hurdles heats a short time after. After a wet start to the first part of morning, that quickly cleared away at lunchtime and the dry conditions that we've been used to over recent weeks came out for the remainder of the afternoon as things heated up in the competition arena.

It was also great to be able to host a 100m wheelchair race for the three girls below (pictured) from Sir Thomas Picton School and Ysgol Penweddig. The trio being encouraged by the crowd throughout and we were thrilled to be able to give these youngsters an opportunity to get involved in the day's activities. Well done girls!

 

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The races kept on coming and after a series of heats, time trials and straight finals, the competition came to a close at 17:30 at the end of a long but exciting eight-hour timetable.

Some of the event disciplines completed throughout the morning and afternoon on the running track were the 100m/200m/300m/400m sprints, sprint hurdles, 800m, 1500m and steeplechase. The ever popular events were back on the field with a number of athletes contesting the long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot, javelin and discus on all four corners of the venue.

During the afternoon, a special presentation was made in the centre of the track to event organiser and Dyfed Schools AA secretary Dr Hedydd Davies for his tireless work over the last 20 plus years to Dyfed Schools and beyond. He was given a big round of applause by everyone present at the time! Presentation and announcing was made by Ysgol Y Strade's Berian Davies and Med Richards from Sir Thomas Picton school.

 

 

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Dyfed Schools Records broken at Carmarthen this year were from: Amy White (Year 8 Girls 1000m 5.48.9); Alicia Samuel (Senior Girls 100m 12.2); Cordelia Walker (Year 7 Girls Javelin 30.40m) and Frank Morgan (Year 8 Boys 1500m 4.27.7)

We are at the forefront of the sport in Wales and for that we can thank the talents of the pupils in the Dyfed Schools, the commitment and skill of the teaching PE departments throughout the three counties and the support many receive from coaches in the athletics clubs. Our thanks go to all the officials, teachers and helpers who made sure that the event ran smoothly and on time, in front of and behind the scenes including: all area teacher judges on track, timekeeping, jumps and throws, Welsh Athletics officials, St John Ambulance, Leisure Centre stewards and the Carmarthen Harriers parents on refreshments and administration duties. The meeting could have not gone ahead without these people.

The Dyfed Schools team for the Welsh Schools National Track and Field Championships to be held on Saturday 7th July at Cardiff International Sports Stadium, was chosen straight after the Dyfed Championships and letters have been posted to all the athletes selected. All reply slips must be sent back straight away, as reserves can be called if an athlete is unavailable. Athletes should be made aware that those finishing in first positions are not automatically selected.

 

Dyfed Secondary Schools Athletics Championships - Carmarthen Leisure Centre - Friday & Saturday 15-16th June RESULTS/  CANLYNIADAU

FULL RESULTS / CANLYNIADAU LLAWN

Friday Evening's Events / Digwyddiadau Nos Wener

 

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This coming Wednesday 20th June, many of the pupils we saw on Saturday will be back in Carmarthen as part of their school team at the U14 & U16 NASUWT Final for Dyfed Secondary Schools. All four areas within the district have held their qualifying matches over recent weeks.

A total of 32 teams will be in attendance for the 11am start ready for battle -  JG: Queen Elizabeth, Dyffryn Taf, Preseli, Greenhill, Penglais, Aberaeron, Bryngwyn & Strade - JB: Dyffryn Taf, Dyffryn Aman, STP, Preseli, Aberaeron, Bro Pedr, Bryngwyn & Coedcae - MG: Queen Elizabeth, Bro Dinefwr, STP, Preseli, Aberaeorn, Henry Richard, St John Lloyd & Strade - MB: Bro Myrddin, Maes Y Gwendraeth, STP, Preseli, Bro Pedr, Aberaeron, Bryngwyn & Strade.

For more information on Wednesday's midweek competition at Carmarthen & Swansea click here

 

Da iawn i bawb gymerodd rhan yng Nghaerfyrddin dros y penwythnos a phob lwc i'r timau i gyd yn ffeinal cwpan NASUWT Dydd Mercher yma!

Well done to everyone who took part in Carmarthen on the weekend and good luck to all the teams contesting the NASUWT Cup Final this Wednesday!