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Top awards for Cardiff

Sunday 27 September 2009

Cardiff AAC took a series of top awards at the annual awards dinner of Welsh Athletics yesterday, 26th September. Pride of place went to Jamie Baulch and Ron Jones both of whom were inducted into the Welsh Athletics' Hall of Fame. Simon Lawson was junior athlete of the year and Jeff Kirby took the honours as official of the year. And, to round off a great occasion, Cardiff AAC won the Wilkinson Sword as the champion Welsh club.

Ron Jones started his athletic career with Birchgrove Harriers and went on to represent Wales and Great Britain on very many occasions. He captained the Great Britain team at the Olympic Games in 1968 (club legend Lynn Davies captained the same team four years later) and ran the second leg of the British 4x100m relay team that equalled the world record in 1963. He represented Wales at four Commonwealth Games and was Welsh sprint champion on 12 occasions over a period of fifteen years.

Ron Jones




Ron Jones

Jamie Baulch set his first Welsh record in 1993 over 400m and was to swap that record with Iwan Thomas over the succeeding years. All told, Jamie set nine Welsh records over 200m and 400m, was an ever present and popular member of the Great Britain team and has won medals at all the major championships. He was a member of the silver medal winning 4x400m relay team at the 1996 Olympic Games but his crowning achievement came in 1999 when he took the 400m Gold Medal at the World indoor championships.

Jamie Baulch, Alan Currie




Jamie Baulch receiving his award from Welsh President, Alan Currie

Ron and Jamie join an illustrious group as members of the Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame.

Simon Lawson was the natural choice as junior athlete of the year for his silver medal winning performance over 10,000m at the European Junior championships.

Simon Lawson





Simon Lawson

Cardiff AAC stalwart Jeff Kirby was official of the year for his sterling work as an official in cross country and road running. Jeff, a recent club chairman and former steeplechaser, has been a tremendous worker for athletics over many years and this award was richly deserved.

Jeff Kirby




Jeff Kirby

And to put the icing on the cake, the club itself won the Wilkinson Sword for gaining the highest number of points in the various Welsh championships; so this award goes to all our athletes.

John Penny and James Thie




John Penny (club chairman) and James Thie (club captain) with the club of the year award.

Further images from the dinner can be seen in the Galleries pages.