Over 500 of Wales’ top school pupils headed to the Cardiff International Sports Stadium in Leckwith on Saturday 6th July for the 72nd edition of the Welsh Schools National Track & Field Championships.

All those taking part were selected to represent one of the eight districts from Afan Nedd Tawe, Cardiff & Vale, Dyfed, Eryri, Glamorgan Valleys, North East Wales, Powys and South East Wales. The age groups were junior (year 8 & 9); middle (year 10 & 11) and senior (year 12 & 13). 

Spectators from all eight Districts in Wales watch the action in Cardiff

For the eighth successive year, the championships made up part of the Urdd’s “Gemau Cymru” bilingual event for hundreds of young people in the Welsh sporting calendar. It provided an opportunity for talented young athletes to compete in a high-profile multi-sport event across Cardiff, Swansea and Y Bala.

SIAB Schools International call ups were at stake as the annual fixture between Welsh schools, English schools, Scottish schools and Irish schools arrives at Swansea University Athletics Track and hosted by Welsh Schools this weekend and will feature several of the West Wales regional athletes. A WSAA under 20 team have also been chosen ahead of the Welsh Athletics Outdoor International in Swansea at the end of this month.

The first three finishers in each individual event were awarded with association medals presented throughout the day.

Ysgol Y Preseli’s Ella Wintle becomes double-Welsh Schools champion in the 200m and 300m

From the West Wales Districts, Dyfed and Afan Nedd Tawe saw over 100 medals shared around them as athletes were selected from the Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot areas. Both Districts fielded full relay teams across the six age groups with the majority coming away with podium places.

Ella Wintle, Jessica Lee, Chloe Simmonite and Sophia Reid-Thomas dominant in the junior relays 4 x 100m

On Wednesday 10th July, winners and runners-up from recent NASUWT matches will compete at the Welsh Schools NASUWT Cymru U14 & U16 Cup & Plate Finals at Brecon Leisure Centre. Schools from Ysgol Y Preseli, Ysgol Coedcae, Ysgol Aberaeron, Queen Elizabeth School, Haverfordwest High School, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Olchfa School, Bishopston School and Bishop Vaughan School will be heading up to Mid Wales for the finale from the West Wales Region.

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