Jake Heyward was named the Carwyn James Young Sportsman of the Year at last night’s Wales Sport Awards, topping off a truly exceptional year for the young endurance athlete.
The Llanishen High School (Year 12) pupil has enjoyed success at regional, national and international levels.
The pinnacle of his season was representing Great Britain & Norther Ireland at the European Youth (Under 18) Championships in Tiblisi, Georgia, where he won the 1500 metres. In addition he became the Welsh Senior Champion over 800m, the UK Under 20 Champion over 1500m, Celtic Games (Wales, Scotland and Ireland) Champion over 800m and the Welsh Under 20 Cross Country Champion.
Jake is ranked 6th ranked Under 20 (1500m) in the UK despite being only 17 (also ranked 10th in the UK over 800m in the Under 20 age category).
Jake trains locally with Cardiff AAC at Cardiff International Sports Campus with club coach Paul Darney who has been coach to multiple Olympian endurance athletes, under Pauls tutelage and guidance we anticipate that Jake has a very bright future in the sport and will go on to achieve further success on the global stage.
Jake was in good company last night as recent Paralympic Gold Metallist & multiple World Record Holder Aled Sion Davies had been nominated for Wales Sports Personality of the Year.
More information on Jake's performances can be found here.