Welsh Athletics Supported Athlete Announcement

Welsh Athletics is pleased to announce that 38 athletes will be supported on the Welsh Athletics Commonwealth Games Podium, Potential and Futures Cymru programmes during the 2017-18 athletics season. This announcement follows on from the news that British Athletics will be supporting three Welsh athletes as part of their World Class Performance Programme, including; Seren Bundy-Davies (WCPP Relay, Matt Elias), David Omoregie (WCPP Podium Potential, Brigitte Foster-Hylton) and Dewi Griffiths, 10,000m (WCPP Podium Potential, Kevin Evans).

The Welsh Athletics athlete support selection meeting took place at the start of November, and five selectors, alongside two non-voting observers, undertook a comprehensive review of the 2017 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 2017-18;

Commonwealth Games Podium Support – in alphabetical order;

Melissa Courtney, 1500m (Rob Denmark); Bethan Davies, 20km Walk, (Andi Drake); Dai Greene, 400mH (Benke Blomkvist) – Medical Support Only; Ben Gregory, Decathlon (Aston Moore); Carys Parry, Hammer (Adrian Palmer); Sally Peake, Pole Vault (Scott Simpson); Ieuan Thomas, 3000m Steeplechase (James Thie).

Total: 7 athletes

Commonwealth Games Potential (Senior) Support – in alphabetical order;

Rowan Axe, 1500m (Craig Winrow); Rebecca Chapman, Long Jump (Francis Baker); Andrew Davies, Marathon (Steve Vernon); Caryl Granville, 400mH (Darrell Maynard); Joshua Griffiths, Marathon; Jonathan Hopkins, 3000m Steeplechase; Caryl Jones, Marathon; Osian Jones, Hammer; Elinor Kirk, Marathon (Steve Vernon); Heather Lewis, 20km Walk (Martin Bell/Pete Freeman); Tom Marshall, 1500m (James Thie); Curtis Mathews, Decathlon (Lawrence Moore)

Total: 12 athletes

Commonwealth Games Potential (Junior) Support – in alphabetical order;

Hannah Brier, 100m (Steve Fudge/Glyn Hawkes); Joe Brier, 400m (Matt Elias); Cari Hughes, 3000m (Andy Walling); Kristian Jones, 200m (Glyn Hawkes); Adele Nicoll, Shot (Ryan Spencer-Jones); Jenny Nesbitt, 5000m (David Walker); Sarah Omoregie, Shot (Gareth Lease); Jac Palmer, Hammer (Adrian Palmer); Bethan Rees, Javelin (Mark Pinner); Tom Williams, 200m (Derrick Stephenson)

Total: 10 athletes

Futures Cymru Support – in alphabetical order;

Osaze Aghedo, Triple Jump (Steve Ingram); Oliver Barbaresi, 3000m (Andy Walling); Bethan Burley, Heptathlon (Michael Willis/John Hawthorne/David Callaway); Lauren Evans, 100mH (Matthew Wood); Kiara Frizelle, 1500m (Phil Banning); Tom Hewson, Javelin (Mark Bradford); Jay Morse, Discus (Ian Leek); Naomi Reid, 800m (Phil Banning); Lauren Williams, 400mH (Wynford Leyshon)

Total: 9 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 2019 or 2020

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 2017 to the 30th November 2018.  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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