This weekend (10th/11th February) will see the future stars of Track & Field take the stage in the Welsh Athletics Indoor Junior Championships.
With almost 450 competitors descending on the National Indoor Athletics Centre, it is set to be an action packed weekend of athletics.
There will be plenty of young talent on show including the likes of Jeremiah Azu (Helen James, Cardiff AAC) who already has a time of 6.76 in the 60m to his name this indoor season. Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease, Cardiff AAC), who brought home a silver medal in the Shot Put from last year’s Commonwealth Youth Games, goes in the U20 Women’s 60m Hurdles as part of her multi-events training and will go up against fellow multi-eventer and hurdles specialist Lauren Evans (Matthew Wood, Cardiff AAC).
Caitlyn Mapps (Phil Warwicker, Cardiff Archers), who steps up to the U17 age group this season, will look to continue her fine form in the Long Jump from last year and the early part of this season that has seen her win the England Outdoor Age Group Championships, and a bronze medal at the Welsh Indoor Senior Championships. Going in the U20 Women’s Long Jump will be Emily Thomas (Nigel Lewis, Cardiff Archers), who jumped a personal best two weeks ago to take the Welsh Indoor Senior title and Macey Jones (Nigel Lewis, Cwmbran Harriers) who is in fine form in the Triple Jump, twice breaking her indoor personal best already this season.
Macey Morris (Kevin Williams, Swansea Harriers) steps up to the U17 age group this season and will look to do the double in the 200m & 300m after achieving the same last year, breaking the U15 girls 300m Championship Best Performance in the process.
In the younger age groups, we look forward to seeing the likes of Arthur Powell (Maldwyn Harriers) who last year smashed the Championship Best Performance in the U13 Boys 200m at the Outdoor Junior Championships; and Jacob Reynolds (Arwyn Davies, Cardiff AAC) who will go in the U15 Boys 1500m having already taken the silver medal in the 800m two weeks ago.
We hope you will join us for the action this weekend, with doors opening at 09.00 on both days.
Athletes and spectators should be aware that the facility will be busy with other users, particulary on Sunday when a Cardiff Met University football match is taking place.
With such a busy weekend ahead of us, we would also like to take the time to thank all of the officials, volunteers, coaches, athletes and parents that make these championships possible.
Pob Lwc Pawb!