Welsh Athletics Gives Backing To 34 Athletes

Welsh Athletics is backing 34 athletes Commonwealth Games Podium and Potential programs during the 2016-17 athletics season.

The announcement follows on from the news that British Athletics will be supporting four Welsh athletes as part of their own support programs – Seren Bundy-Davies, David Omoregie, Hannah Brier and Jake Heyward.

The Welsh Athletics athlete support selection meeting took place at the start of November.

Five selectors, alongside three non-voting observers, undertook a comprehensive review of the 2016 performances of all Welsh athletes who had achieved this year’s performance standards.

The guiding principle behind selection to these support programmes was selecting athletes with the greatest potential to deliver at the 2018 0r 2022 Commonwealth Games or represent GB in 2017 and 2018.

Athletes will get training and warm weather grants as well as access to coaching advice as well as medical support.

Selected athletes:

Commonwealth Games Podium Support (athletes aged 23+):
Bethan Davies, 20km Walk, (coach Andi Drake); Dai Greene, 400mH (Benke Blomkvist); Ben Gregory, Decathlon (Aston Moore); Dewi Griffiths, 10,000m (Kevin Evans); Brett Morse, Discus (Ryan Spencer-Jones); Carys Parry, Hammer (Adrian Palmer); Sally Peake, Pole Vault (Scott Simpson); Rhys Williams, 400mH (Adrian Thomas/Neil Wheeler/James Hillier)
Total: 8 athletes

Commonwealth Games Potential Support (athletes aged 17+):
Joe Brier, 400m (Neal Merry); Melissa Courtney, 1500m (Mark Pauley); Jonathan Hopkins, 3k s/chase; Rachel Johncock, 100m (Leon Baptiste); Kristian Jones, 200m (Glyn Hawkes); Osian Jones, Hammer; Elinor Kirk, 10,000m (Steve Vernon); Heather Lewis, 20km Walk (Martin Bell); Shannon Malone, 100m (Leon Baptiste); Tom Marshall, 1500m (James Thie); Adele Nicoll, Shot (Adrian Palmer); Georgina Outten, 800m (Andrew Walling); Jac Palmer, Hammer (Adrian Palmer); Bethan Rees, Javelin (Mark Pinner); Owen Smith, 400m (Matt Elias); Jonathan Tobin, 1500m (Kevin Tobin); James Tomlinson, Discus (Paul Jensen); Emily Wright, Long Jump (James Hillier)
Total: 18 athletes

Futures Cymru Support:
Heidi Davies, endurance; Cari Hughes, endurance (Andrew Walling); Iori Moore, 200m (Lawrence Moore); Jay Morse, Discus; Sarah Omoregie, Shot (Gareth Lease); Naomi Reid, 800m (Phil Banning); Jade Williams, hammer; Rhodri Williams, 400mH (Matt Wood)
Total: 8 athletes

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