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2018 Schools Competition ends at the Indoor Track in Swansea PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:32

Round-Up from this evening's (Wednesday 19th December) Afan Nedd Tawe Schools Sportshall Athletics County Trial at Swansea University, which concluded the schools calendar of events in West Wales for 2018.

The 2018 Secondary Schools calendar of events here in West Wales ended for another year earlier this evening (Wednesday 19th December/Dydd Mercher 19eg Rhagfyr). Pupils from across the Afan Nedd Tawe District headed to the Swansea University Indoor Athletics Track, Sketty Lane for the 2018 edition of the Afan Nedd Tawe Secondary Schools Sportshall Athletics County Trial, returning in its usual mid-December slot.

As are all the events in the Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot areas by now, they are sponsored by Apollo Teaching Services and the district are grateful for their continued support all year round.




The midweek trial was open to school pupils in years 7 and 8 (under 13) and years 9 and 10 (under 15) with events varying for each category. With each competitor required to compete in a minimum of four events, it was a very busy evening of action for all concerned over the three-hour programme.

It's fair to say that everyone would have been pleased to have been in the indoor warmth, as the heavy rain came down outside!

A total of 80 pupils took part and a good number of parents and spectators came out to support the participants in a busy period where the cross country trials will follow in January. Several schools from the District were represented this year, coming from the likes of Gowerton, Bishopston, Bishop Vaughan, Pontarddulais, Gwyr, Bishop Gore, Bryntawe, Morriston, Olchfa, Cwmtawe, Dwr-Y-Felin, Pentrehafod and St Josephs.

It all kicked off at 5.30pm and thanks to the support of the volunteers and officials on the evening, concluded with the 2 and 4 lap finals at 8.15pm.

On the track, it saw the indoor favourites take place including the Obstacle Race followed by a series of 2 Lap, 4 Lap and 6 Lap heats and finals for the remainder of the evening. With a number of sprint finishes and close finishes in a number of the races, each position and every time counted with spaces in the county team up for grabs.

Elsewhere, the venue was also busy at the respective field discipline areas. Held away from the sprint events were the Vertical Jump, Shot Put, Speed Bounce, Standing Long Jump and Standing Triple Jump.

Under 13 athletes competed in two track events and two field events, whilst the under 15's were required to compete in both the 2 lap and 4 lap on the track alongside two field events.



The results of Wednesday evening will be used as the basis of selection for the Afan Nedd Tawe team to compete in the Welsh Schools Sportshall Athletics Championships at Cwmbran Sports Centre in March 2019. This will in turn act as a qualifier for the UK final which will be held in Manchester over 13th and 14th of April next year.

Meanwhile, the Dyfed Secondary Schools Indoor Sportshall Competition for years 7 and 8 will return at the end of January where a team will also be selected to attend the same event as above. More details for the event at Carmarthen Leisure Centre on Tuesday 29th January (10am) will follow in due course.

Da Iawn i bawb wnaeth cystadlu nos Fercher yn Abertawe!