Athlete of the Year Award Winners Revealed
This year has been a year to remember. It's been an extremely challenging one but we've all pulled through and so have our athletes who have done some amazing things this year despite how tough things have been. We would usually have an awards ceremony where we could all get together to celebrate our achievements, sadly we can't do it this year but that isn't going to stop us from celebrating anyway!
"The achievement by these athletes is a testament to the work that has been put in over the years to get our athletes to perform consistently at a high level. The athletes who have won their respective awards should be proud of what they have achieved in this tough year. We hope they continue to show good form into the following seasons ahead in preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Congratulations not only to the award winners, but to all our athletes and their coaches who have done their bests in keeping up with their training this year".
Chris Jones, National Coach
Athlete of the Year Award Winners:
Junior Male: Owain Lloyd Hughes [Coach Kevin Williams] – Owain has had a great 2020 starting with a win indoors at the London Games over 200m in 21.64. He then ran consistently fast outdoors over 100m finishing as No. 1 ranked Junior/U20 in the UK with a PB of 10.32w / 10.38 - also putting him in the overall UK top 10 for the year.
Junior Female: Bethany Moule [Coach John Davies] – set a new Welsh Junior Record of 51.27 to finish 3rd at the British Senior Championships., and saw her finish ranked no.1 U20 in the UK for 2020. That throw also saw her go third overall in the all-time Welsh rankings.
Senior Male: Josh Griffiths [Self Coached] – Josh had another great London Marathon, finishing as 3rd Brit in a fantastic new PB of 2.13.11. This performance puts him 3rd in the UK for 2020, and 6th on the Welsh all-time list.
He also ran three strong Half Marathons, all under 64minutes, including a 63.08 clocking at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in September- a new PB.
Senior Female: Melissa Courtney-Bryant [Coach Rob Denmark] – British Indoor Champion over 3000m in 9.48.54, and followed this up with a great outdoor series over 1500m including getting to 3rd on the Welsh All-Time list over 1500m with a run of 4.01.81 at the Wanda Diamond League in Stockholm in August, and three wins over 1500m in European meetings over the summer.
This year we also ran a Welsh Athletics Performance of the Year public vote. Eight athlete performances were chosen and shared via social media - we had hundreds of votes and when they were all counted up the winner was...
Bronze Medal at British Championships
Welsh U20 Record throw - 51m27