3 Welsh Athletes Selected For European Juniors

British Athletics today confirmed its second wave of athlete selections ahead of the European Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy on June 20-23. Amongst those selected were three welsh Athletes who will make the trip to Italy with the rest of Great Britain team. The first of these athletes is former European Youth 1500m Champion Jake Heyward (Coach: Paul Darney) who compete in his favoured 1500m event, The Cardiff AAC athlete set a personal best of 3:44.31 in Watford last month so is certainly one to look out for. Kristian Jones (Coach: Helen Patricia James) also of Cardiff AAC has been selected to compete in the 4x100m relay, the Loughborough based athlete is fine form after setting a wind assisted personal best of 10.39 at last months England under 20 Championships. Swansea Harrier Hannah Brier (Coach:Steve Fudge) is also amongst those selected, Hannah finished 6th at the World Junior Championships last season but this time joins the team as part of 4x100m relay. 

The dates and times Jake, Kristian and Hannah will be competing are as follows:

Thursday 20th July at 18:05- Mens 1500m Round 1 (Jake Heyward)

Sunday 23rd July at 16:25- Womens 4x100m Round 1 (Hannah Brier)

Sunday 23rd July at 16:50- Mens 4x100m Round 1 (Kristian Jones)




British Athletics’ Team Manager for the championships, Jo Summers said:


“We are delighted with this 55-strong team; alongside a number of medal winners and finalists from last year’s IAAF World Junior Championships and European Youth Championships, we have a crop of athletes brimming with potential following great starts to 2017.


“Following the first wave of selections we’ve seen a number of athletes step up superbly to gain qualifying marks, and I have every faith that come the championships many of those same athletes will perform to the best of their ability while gaining invaluable championship experience.


“Two years ago the British team outdid themselves in Eskilstuna, with a number of those athletes already making the step up to the senior team in just two years. The class of 2015 certainly set the bar high, but we’ll hopefully we’ll see a similarly successful championship in Grosseto.”


The full British Athletics team for the European Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy on June 20-23:



100m: Oliver Bromby (Sara MacDonald-Gray), Dom Ashwell (Marvin Rowe), Rechmial Miller (Ryan Freckleton)

200m: Toby Harries (Jon Bigg), Nick Stewart (Ryan Freckleton), Jona Efoloko (John Smith)

400m: Owen Richardson (John Davis)

800m: Markhim Lonsdale (Keith Lonsdale), Ben Greenwood (Catriona Helen Tavendale), Canaan Solomon (Richard Thurston)

1500m: James Gormley (John Wood), Jake Heyward (Paul Darney), Archie Davis (Joel Kidger)

5000m: Tom Mortimer (Christopher Brown)

3000m Steeplechase: Will Battershill (Kevin Saretsky)

110m Hurdles: Cameron Fillery (Trevor Simcox), Robert Sakala (Piotr Spas), Jason Nicholson (Janice Kaufman)

400m Hurdles: Alex Knibbs (Julie Feeney)

4x100m: Dom Ashwell (Marvin Rowe), Oliver Bromby (Sara MacDonald-Gray), Eden Davies (Catherine Walker), Jona Efoloko (John Smith), Kristian Jones (Helen Patricia Jones), Rechmial Miller (Ryan Freckleton)

High Jump: Tom Gale (Denis Doyle), Joel Khan (Dierdre Elmhirst), Thomas Hewes (John Herbert)

Pole Vault: Joel Leon-Benitez (Alan Richardson)

Discus: George Evans (Colin McCulloch)

Javelin: James Whiteaker

Hammer: Jake Norris (Paul Dickenson)

Combined Events: Sam Talbot (Martin Brockman)



100m: Olivia Okoli (Anthony Childs)

200m: Alisha Rees (Willy Russell), Maya Bruney (John Blackie)

400m: Hannah Williams (Colin Gaynor), Lauren Russell (Coral Nourrice)

800m: Khahisa Mhlanga (Mick Judd), Ellie Baker (George Harrison)

1500m: Jemma Reekie (Andy Young), Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden)

3000m: Jemma Reekie (Andy Young)

3000m Steeplechase: Emily Moyes (Mick Woods)

100m Hurdles: Alicia Barrett (Toni Minichiello), Sophie Yorke (David Warner)

400m Hurdles: Orla Brothers (Marina Armstrong)

4x100m: Hannah Brier (Steve Fudge), Maya Bruney (John Blackie), Ebony Carr (Mike Leonard), Jazz Crawford (Piotr Spas), Olivia Okoli (Anthony Childs)

4x400m: Ella Barrett (Toni Minchiello), Orla Brothers (Marina Armstrong), Jill Cherry (Allan Scott), Mair Edwards (John Davis), Lauren Russell (Coral Nourrice), Hannah Williams (Colin Gaynor)

Pole Vault: Molly Caudery (Stuart Caudery)

Triple Jump: Naomi Ogbeta (Tom Cullen), Emily Gargan (Sam Stanislaus)

Shot: Divine Oladipo (John Hillier)

Discus: Divine Oladipo

Combined Events: Holly McArthur (Ian McEwan), Niamh Emerson (David Feeney)


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