Tuesday 23 August 2011
Ten Cardiff athletes travelled to Bedford to take part in the England Athletics under 17 and under 15 championships last weekend, 20-21 August, and returned with three medals between them.
Matthew Field took the bronze medals in both the under 17 shot put and discus whilst Elliot Slade (pictured) also took bronze in the 800m.
Tom Trottman narrowly missed a medal in the under 15 high jump, taking fourth place with a personal best clearance of 1.76m.
The annual Welsh under 15 cup final was held in Brecon yesterday,21 August and Cardiff ended the day in fourth place behind Pembroke (third) and Carmarthen, who were just pipped to the title by Swansea.
Cardiff fielded a depleted team and winners were scarce although Harry Hillman (pictured) won both the 100m A and 75m Hurdles A as well as coming third in the high jump in the under 13 age group.
Cardiff's Matthew Field (pictured), Ryan Leonard and Matteo Holmes picked up four medals between them when representing Wales at the Celtic Games in Antrim, Northern Ireland on Saturday last, 13th August. In addition, Elliot Slade won his speciality 800m.
Pride of place goes to Matthew Field who won both the Under 18 Discus and Shot Put, his performance in the latter (17.42m) breaking his own recently set Welsh age group record and putting him in the top spot in the UK under 17 rankings.
Cardiff athlete Lewis Akrill (17) who is coached by Peter Lane has just returned from the World Kidney Transplant Games in Gothenburg with two golds and a silver medal.
Lewis (pictured being congratulated by the Mayor of Caerphilly, Cllr Vera Jenkins) won the 100m and the ball throwing competition and came second in the Long Jump.
Lewis received his new kidney seven years ago from his mother Tracy and was determined that this setback would not stop his sporting ambitions. He has already competed in six British transplant games and won four gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump and ball throw) at last year's event.
Cardiff's international 800m runner Joe Thomas travels to Shenzhen, China as part of the British team competing in the World University Games.
Selection for this event will go some way towards compensating Joe for missing out on a place at the World Championships in Daegu.
Round one of the 800m takes place on Friday, 19th August, with the semi final the following day and the final on the 21st.
Cardiff's Christian Malcolm has been handed the captaincy of the Great Britain team to take part in the IAAF World Championships in Daegu later this month.
For Christian (pictured taking the silver medal in last year's European Championships), who will also contest his specialist 200m and the sprint relay, this is a well deserved honour after many years of distinguished service in the British team.
Lianne Clarke saved Cardiff's blushes by winning the A Javelin competition in the final UK Women's League match of the season, held at the Lee Valley Athletic Centre on Saturday last, 6th August.
Club captain Emma Peters (pictured) loyally supported her team and took 3rd place in the 400m hurdles A race before rushing off to catch a plane to Dublin to compete in the Irish championships the next day and where she took the bronze medal in a personal best time of 59.67sec.
Ten Cardiff AAC athletes are included in the Welsh Under 18 and Under 16 team to take part in the 2011 Celtic Games in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on 13th August.
The under 18 squad includes seven and the under 16 three athletes.
And, in addition, the Team Leader is Cardiff coach Dave Hawthorn (pictured).
Cardiff's Welsh Under 15 League team completed the season with a flourish at Hereford on Sunday last, 31 July.
Although just missing out on a clean sweep of four wins in four matches, Cardiff finished second to Cwmbran by a mere 21 points but safely secured a place in the Cup Final by winning the overall league title convincingly.
Cardiff's Christian Malcolm booked his place in the British team for the world championships in Daegu/Korea later this year by retaining his 200m title in this weekend's World Trials and UK Championships in Birmingham.
He also clinched a sprint relay place by placing fourth in the 100m, having clocked 10.17, his fastest time for 10 years, in the semi final.
Other Cardiff medallists in Birmingham were Gareth Warburton (3rd in the 800m), Bryony Raine (3rd in the pole vault) and Lianne Clarke (3rd in the javelin).