Welsh Athletics is pleased to announce that 34 athletes will be supported on the Welsh Athletics Commonwealth Games Podium and Potential programs during the 2016-17 athletics season. This announcement follows on from the news that British Athletics will be supporting four Welsh athletes as part of their own support programs, including; Seren Bundy-Davies (WCPP Relay, Stephen Ball), David Omoregie (WCPP Podium Potential, Benke Blomkvist), Hannah Brier (Futures, Steve Fudge) and Jake Heyward (Futures, Paul Darney).

The Welsh Athletics athlete support selection meeting took place at the start of November, and five selectors, alongside three non-voting observers, undertook a comprehensive review of the 2016 performances of all Welsh athletes who had achieved this year’s performance matrix standards. The following athletes have been selected as part of Welsh Athletics’ support programmes for 2016-17;

Commonwealth Games Podium Support (athletes aged 23+) – in alphabetical order;

Bethan Davies, 20km Walk, (Andi Drake); Dai Greene, 400mH (Benke Blomkvist); Ben Gregory, Decathlon (Aston Moore); Dewi Griffiths, 10,000m (Kevin Evans); Brett Morse, Discus (Ryan Spencer-Jones); Carys Parry, Hammer (Adrian Palmer); Sally Peake, Pole Vault (Scott Simpson); Rhys Williams, 400mH (Adrian Thomas/Neil Wheeler/James Hillier)

Total: 8 athletes

Commonwealth Games Potential Support (athletes aged 17+) – in alphabetical order;

Joe Brier, 400m (Neal Merry); Melissa Courtney, 1500m (Mark Pauley); Jonathan Hopkins, 3k s/chase; Rachel Johncock, 100m (Leon Baptiste); Kristian Jones, 200m (Glyn Hawkes); Osian Jones, Hammer; Elinor Kirk, 10,000m (Steve Vernon); Heather Lewis, 20km Walk (Martin Bell); Shannon Malone, 100m (Leon Baptiste); Tom Marshall, 1500m (James Thie); Adele Nicoll, Shot (Adrian Palmer); Georgina Outten, 800m (Andrew Walling); Jac Palmer, Hammer (Adrian Palmer); Bethan Rees, Javelin (Mark Pinner); Owen Smith, 400m (Matt Elias); Jonathan Tobin, 1500m (Kevin Tobin); James Tomlinson, Discus (Paul Jensen); Emily Wright, Long Jump (James Hillier)

Total: 18 athletes

Futures Cymru Support – in alphabetical order;

Heidi Davies, endurance; Cari Hughes, endurance (Andrew Walling);  Iori Moore, 200m (Lawrence Moore); Jay Morse, Discus; Sarah Omoregie, Shot (Gareth Lease); Naomi Reid, 800m (Phil Banning); Jade Williams, hammer; Rhodri Williams, 400mH (Matt Wood)

Total: 8 athletes

The guiding principle behind selection to these support programmes was selecting athletes with the greatest potential to deliver against either of the following objectives (within the resourcing and financial constraints that exist within Welsh Athletics as a governing body);

  1. The ability to finish in the top 6 at either the 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games
  2. The ability to represent Great Britain at a track and field Championship event in 2017 or 2018

The benefits associated with being part of the support programmes include;

  • Medical support to include access to a sports physician, physiotherapist and massage therapist*
  • Sports science support to include access to a nutritionist, physiologist and psychologist*
  • Access to a strength and conditioning coach*
  • Performance advice
  • Facility access at selected training venues
  • An athlete support grant #
  • Warm weather training grants #
  • International competition support #

*Allocated on a priority basis depending on the support level that has been offered

#Dependent on level of support offered

Selected athletes will be in receipt of support from the 1st December 2016 to the 30th November 2017.  The athletes supported on each of these programmes are reviewed annually.

Further information on athlete benefits and the principles behind athlete funding can be found within the Welsh Athletics Coaching and Performance Strategy 2015-2019   (http://welshathletics.org/coaches/performance--strategy.aspx)

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