British Inter-Counties Fell Championships

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Inter counties fell champs

Well done to Lily (U19W), Will (U15B), Elsie (U15G) and Alice (U15G) who competed for East Wales in the British Intercounties Fell Championships on Sunday 15th May at Great Whernside. They all mixed it well with the best. Fantastic performance!

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Welsh Athletics Affiliation 2022-2023

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Welsh Athletics recently introduced a new Secretary’s Portal to help athletics clubs manage their club online. For more information about the Secretary’s Portal, please click here.

For a guide on how to use the Secretary’s Portal, please click here.

To use the Secretary’s Portal to it’s full benefits, clubs will need to have a configured Stripe account to take online payments. Full details can be found here.

A Welsh Athletics sample Club Constitution may be downloaded here:

Junior Mountain Running Development Day

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Junior Mountain Running Development Days
Welsh Athletics and the Welsh Fell Running Association will be joining forces to support Junior Mountain Running Development in Wales. This exciting collaboration will see regional development days hosted at the following venues in North and South Wales:
North Wales
Sunday April 3rd – Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy, LL24 0ET
South Wales
Sunday April 10th – Margam Country Park, Abbey Road, Margam, SA13 2TJ
The provisional itinerary for the day is as follows:
9:30-10:00 – Arrival and Registration
10:00-12:00 – Practical session on the hills focusing on descent technique
12:00 -12:45 – Lunch (not provided)
12:45-13:45 – Indoor session – Mountain safety and kit requirements for Training and Racing 14:00-15:00 – Practical session on navigation and map reading
15:00 – Close
These sessions will be open to Junior Athletes in the Upper U15 (Year 9) to U20 age groups. The sessions are FREE to all WFRA and Welsh Athletics affiliated young athletes. No prior experience in mountain running is required to attend the sessions. To register for the day please fill out the registration form
If you have any queries about this opportunity please contact Liz Davies (Endurance Talent Development Lead – Welsh Athletics) – liz.davies@welshathletics.org

EWRAC Committee Meeting

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16th February 2022, via Microsoft Teams (link emailed to all club secretaries on 4th Feb)

6:30pm start

AGENDA

1. Apologies

2. Conflict of Interest (new declarations)

3. Finance Report: (KM)

4. Safeguarding Update: (JJ)

5. Club Updates – (Rhymney Valley (RP) & Spirit of Monmouth (AJ)

6. Club Development Manager Update: (TC)

7. Officials Update: (SH)

8. Cross-Country /Road Report: (DO)

9. Cross -Country Championships review: (DM/SC)

10. Track & Field report: (JT)

11. T & F Regional Championships indoors (JT)

12. T & F Regional Championships Outdoors 2022 (JT)

13. T & F Inter Regional Championships 2022 (JT)

14. GC Report (JT)

15. Endurance Report: (SM)

16. Regional Development Plan:

17. Website:

18. AOB:

a. Themes for future meetings

b. Date of next Meeting: 13th April 2022

Development Day Cancelled

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Hi East Wales athletes, parents and coaches
Unfortunately I have the disappointing news that all junior regional development programme sessions in Wales organised for 18th December, including the East Wales endurance training session at Bryn Mawr track, have been cancelled. This decision has been made due to the increased threat of Covid 19 moving into the Christmas period. It is felt that bringing large groups of individuals together from different clubs at a time where we could see a rise in Covid cases was not a sensible option, especially with some indoor activities planned on the day.
Thank you to all athletes and coaches who had already signed up for the training session. I am very sorry for the disappointment, I know I was really looking forward to the session and am very disappointed it is not now able to go ahead. We are looking to see if alternative dates can be arranged, but with a full fixture calendar of indoor races in January and cross country races in February and March still currently going ahead, I am not sure if a free date will be available.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Many thanks
Steve Mitchell(East Wales Welsh Athletics regional coordinator for endurance)

Vacancy – Regional Endurance Officials Secretary

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Currently we have a vacancy for an East Wales Endurance Officials Secretary

East Wales

VOLUNTEER ROLE PROFILE             East Wales Endurance Officials Secretary

Commitments

  • Attend East Wales Regional Meetings (either in person or via video link) six times a year
  • Represent East Wales Region at Welsh Athletics Endurance Officials Committee Meetings (either in person or via video link) six times a year

East Wales are seeking to appoint an Endurance Officials Secretary. The appointment is on a voluntary basis and the term of office is initially for one year, renewable at the East Wales Region Annual General Meeting; generally held in June each year.

The key responsibilities are set out below:

  • Promote, East Wales officials’ education and personal development.
  • Assist with maintaining a register of East Wales Officials, in conjunction with Welsh Athletics Officials Secretary.
  • Liaise with Welsh Athletics in all matters relating to officials, including courses and the deployment of officials.
  • Promote Officials’ Conferences.
  • Update officials on all officiating developments.
  • Assist with the implementation of the strategy for recruitment and development of new officials, and the retention of officials within East Wales.
  • Nominate officials of the appropriate levels for regional events
  • Assist with the appointment of officials, including Chief Officials, for all regional Championships and events promoted by East Wales, including joint promotions.
  • Establish links and liaise with Clubs within the Region 
  • Notify clubs of requirements for officials at regional events

If you are interested on taking on the East Endurance role, please contact

Chair: Joyce Tomala Chair@eastwalesathletics.co.uk & Secretary: Bethan Akanbi-Mortimer – east@welshathletics.org

What is a regional council?

Regional Councils play a key role in the Governance of Welsh Athletics. Every Region has a nominated person for each discipline group who will represent the views of the Region. The Regional Councils are also a place for clubs to discuss and share challenges and opportunities for future development.

Every Region supports a competition structure, including Regional and Inter-Regional Championships – events that play a key role in athlete development pathway across all age groups.

Full details on the Regional Councils can be found in the byelaws of Welsh Athletics.

Full details on the Officials committee can be found in the Welsh Athletics byelaws Terms of ReferenceByelaw 9.6.6.2

OUR VISION

TO BE THE NUMBER ONE SPORT FOR PARTICIPATION AND OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS WALES, UNDERPINNED BY A WORLD CLASS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME. WE WILL ACHIEVE THIS BY BEING A SECTOR LEADING ORGANISATION FOR GOVERNANCE, COLLABORATION, INNOVATION AND MODERNISATION.

This vision is underpinned by:

  • A One-team approach – everyone working towards a common objective.
  • Clarity of purpose – for everyone including regions, clubs, volunteers.
  • Support our clubs to overcome the challenges they have highlighted.

WE HAVE DISTILLED DOWN THE FEEDBACK AND DISCUSSIONS INTO OUR 6 GOALS:

READ THE FULL STRATEGY DOCUMENT 

Our vision supports the overall Vision for Sport in Wales

Welsh Athletics Service Awards 2021

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Welsh Athletics is happy to announce the opening of the Welsh Athletics Service Award for 2021.

Service Award Nominations Now Open!

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Welsh Athletics is happy to announce the opening of the Welsh Athletics Service Award for 2021.

The Service Awards include; the Award of Meritorious Service, Award of Honour and the Athlete Achievement Award (see below). Further information please visit the awards section of the website:  https://www.welshathletics.org/en/page/welsh-athletics-awards

To nominate for the 2021 Service Awards, please use the following form: https://forms.gle/xWTZ44WWGrdbXog59

All nominations will be considered by the Welsh Athletics Service Awards Panel and nominations will be presented at the Welsh Athletics AGM at the end of October.

Note: The closing date for nominations will be Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

The Service Awards include; the Award of Meritorious Service, Award of Honour and the Athlete Achievement Award 

Award of Meritorious Service

  • This award is open to individuals for services to clubs, schools, regional or national level.
  • This award is made in recognition for services to athletics over a minimum period of fifteen years of active service to our sport. All achievements relating to the individual should be fully documented in the citation for the award and the records  held by Welsh Athletics Ltd
  • Individuals are only eligible to receive one Meritorious Award for services to athletics in Wales.

Award of Honour

  • This award is open to individuals given in recognition of exceptional service to athletics in Wales.
  • The award is made in recognition of a minimum of twenty-five years of active service to the sport at club, schools, regional and or national level.
  • Individuals would normally have already received Meritorious Award but in exceptional cases, the award may be given for outstanding services to athletics in Wales.
  • An individual may only receive an Award of Honour once but all achievements should be fully documented in the citation for the award and the records held by Welsh Athletics Ltd.

Athlete Achievement Award

This award is open to athletes who have competed for Welsh Athletics at a senior level who do not meet the criteria to be included in the Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame but have given outstanding service as an athlete to our sport. These include;

  • Athletes who have competed in at least two major championships will apply to all athletics disciplines.
  • Athletes who have won at least ten Senior Welsh Championships in any of the recognised athletics disciplines.
  • Consideration may also be given to an outstanding contribution given by an athlete to the club, regional and national representation over an extended period of time.
  • Selection for this award will not preclude an athlete from being considered for the Hall of Fame at a later date.

Battle of the Regions 2km

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Well done to the eight athletes who have so far submitted your performances for the virtual 2km Battle of the Regions. Some very good performances.

There were 34 of you who entered from the East, so I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of you perform.
Remember you have until midnight on Sunday (21st February) to submit your performances.
When you provide information on your performance please take care to ensure you use your name (not your parents’ name) and you enter the correct age group before you submit your performance.
There have been a number of errors with both of these so far leading to the race organiser having to delete incorrect records and corrected records having to be submitted. Below is a final reminder on how to submit your performances:

To submit your results you need to do the following: 

You need to re-visit the page link you were supplied with to enter this event https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/v2kbotr/

When you click this link you will go to the page shown in the screenshot below. You will see top right of the screenshot below ‘ABOUT’ & ‘LOG IN/SIGN UP’

Click ‘LOG IN’ with the username and password you created or have used from previous entries on Open Track

When you have logged in you will see extra yellow buttons as with the screenshot below

Click on either option which you prefer

Then add your information, 

Best of luck to those of you still to do your performance and upload your result. Let’s show that East is the strongest region! Any questions please ask.
Kind regards

Steve Mitchell(East Wales Welsh Athletics regional coordinator for endurance)