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New Chair of Welsh Athletics Board

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01/04/2019 00:00, In Blog /

Steve Perks has been appointed to the position of Chair of the Board of Welsh Athletics. The hugely experienced successful relay coach and former Headteacher is excited to take up the key position starting today, 1st April 2019.

On embarking on this important role within Welsh Athletics I would first and foremost like to thank Carol Anthony for her excellent work as Chair. Her enthusiasm and commitment towards the task over the years was first class, and she will be a difficult act to follow.  We are starting on a new beginning with a new structure being implemented by the Board in the coming months ass well as making the necessary changes in developing the Board along the lines envisaged by ‘Sport Wales’. This is an exciting time and having the opportunity to play a part in leading the sport forward in the coming years is an honour.”

“Wrth ddechrau ar fy rol o fewn Athletau Cymru hoffwn yn gyntaf ddiolch a chydnabod fy rhagflaenydd, Carol Anthony, am ei gwaith penigamp fel Cadeirydd y Bwrdd.  Bu ei brwdfydedd a’i hymroddiad i’r tasgau o dan ei gofal dros y blynyddoedd o’r radd flaenaf ac mi fydd yn anodd ei dilyn. Rydym yn cychwyn cyfnod newydd ym myd Athletau Cymru gyda strwythur gwahanol yn cael ei fabwysiadu yn ogystal a datblygu’r Bwrdd yn ol gweledigaeth ‘Chwaraeon Cymru’.  Mae hwn yn amser cyffrous ac mae cael y cyfle i chwarae rhan yn arwain Athletau Cymru ymlaen i’r dyfodol yn fraint.”


Steve has a thorough and detailed knowledge of our sport having worked in a variety of paid and voluntary roles in the sport and competed for Wales as a sprinter himself. He has an impressive track record as a leader, having been a headmaster of two secondary schools, Brecon High School and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman Ammanford.


Steve has also worked at the highest levels in the sport of Athletics having been the head coach at the Victoria Commonwealth Games in 1994, the GB relay coach at the Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) Olympic Games where the relay team won the gold medal. In 2004 he was inducted into the Coaching Hall of Fame by the Princess Royal at the Coaching Awards in London.


He will oversee the next phase of development of Athletics in Wales as a new strategy is launched this year setting out a long-term Vision for the sport.


Matt Newman, Chief Executive, said “We’re delighted to welcome Steve to this key leadership role for Welsh Athletics and look forward to an exciting new chapter for the sport, building on the legacy of the work done by Carol Anthony. My heartfelt thanks go to Carol for 12 years of selfless dedication as a Director and Chair of Welsh Athletics. Carol’s leadership and commitment have been vital to the success of athletics in Wales and we all wish her well for her future in sport.