THE SUNNY and warm conditions helped attract a bumper turnout of athletes and spectators to the Leisure Centre track in Johnstown last Monday evening (May 8) for the annual Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Athletics Championships, sponsored by McDonalds and the Carmarthen Accident Repair Centre and organised by Hedydd Davies, Carmarthen Harriers Chairman.
In perfect conditions for athletics, this match started the primary schools athletics action for the summer months as more than 30 Carmarthenshire schools attended with over 200 participating on the track and in the field.
Alfie Pics Photography (Garry Smith) was in attendance and captured the best of the action throughout the duration of the competition.
The events held were the 70m Hurdles, 100m sprint, 800m, 4 x 100m Relay, Long Jump, Shot and High Jump. In the team competition, the scores were very close with the winners being decided on the final relay race.
Ysgol Y Dderwen, Carmarthen narrowly won the trophy with 42 points, one point ahead of Ysgol Iau Llangennech with 41. Ysgol Griffith Jones with 28 points was the third place team. There were a total of 24 scoring teams who had picked up points in at least one of the 14 events.
Presentations of awards to the top 3 in each event at the end of the races was made by the Mayor and Mayorees of Carmarthen Cllr Wyn Thomas and Mrs Sylvia Perkins alongside Alan Evans, representative from the Carmarthen Accident Repair Centre.
Boys Results: 70m Hurdles: 1 Osian Roberts (Carreg Hirfaen) 14.5; 2 Thomas Hamilton (Iau Llangennech) 14.8; 3 Sahya Samir (Johnstown) 15.3.
100m: 1 Owain Hari-Davies (Nantgaredig) 14.7; 2 Shivo Hinds (Y Bedol) 14.8; 3 Sion Davies (Gymraeg Rhydaman) 15.0.
800m: 1 Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen) 2.37.5; 2 Jack Thomas (Parc Waundew) 2.39.9; 3 Bryn Pierce Jones (Brynaman) 2.42.8
4x100m Relay: 1 Y Dderwen 60.3; 2 Griffith Jones 62.5; 3 Brynaman 63.0 Long Jump: 1 Levi Morgan (Y Castell) 3.65; 2 Sam Rose (Rhys Pritchard) 3.56; 3 Tomos Lewis (Y Dderwen) 3.52.
High Jump: 1 Dion James (Y Dderwen) 1.25; 2 Jake Williams (Griffith Jones) 1.20; 3 William Bostock (Iau Llangennech) 1.10.
Shot: 1 Tomos Phillips (Gymraeg Rhydaman) 6.88; 2 Ioan Thomas (Llangadog) 6.82; 3 TJ Rawlinson (Parc Y Tywyn) 6.67.
Girls Results: 70m Hurdles: 1 Maisie Williams (Griffith Jones) 14.4; 2 Siobhan Mosterat (Llangynnwr) 15.8; 3 Alice Morgan (Talacharn) 15.9.
100m: 1 Megan Roberts (Gorslas) 14.5; 2 Sophia Reid-Thomas (Llangynnwr) 14.6; 3 Kahlen Jones (Iau Llangennech) 15.0.
800m: 1 Bethan Adams (Iau Llangennech) 2.37.9; 2 Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen) 2.44.6; 3 Bessy Hill (Y Ddwylan) 2.45.7.
4 x 100m Relay: 1 Llangynnwr 61.4; 2 Iau Llangennech 62.7; 3 Y Ddwylan 63.9 Long Jump: Jessica Lee (Llys Hywel) 3.77; 2 Mila Roberts (Griffith Jones) 3.42; 3 Hannah Evans (Y Ddwylan) 3.41.
High Jump: 1 Amber Davies (Rhys Pritchard) 1.15; 2 Cerys Jenkins (Llys Hywel) 1.05; 3 Maddie Blake (Parcyrhun) 1.00.
Shot: 1 Isla Melrose (Iau Llangennech) 6.15; 2 Elen Williams (Rhys Pritchard) 5.82; 3 Beca Jones (Y Ddwylan) 5.53.
The Dyfed Primary Schools Athletics Championships is less than a month away at which will be held in Carmarthen on Wednesday, June 14, with the championships open to all primary school children in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
Selection will follow for the Dyfed primary schools team to compete against West Glamorgan schools inter match in July.
Fixture details ahead of the Dyfed event can be found on the Carmarthen Harriers www.carmarthenharriers. co.uk. It is expected to see another big turnout by everyone from the three counties in the district.
Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups
A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.
The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.
Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.
An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.
Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:
“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.
“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”
Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.
I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”
Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido
On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.
Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.
Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:
“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.
“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”
Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee
Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.
Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.
Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.
Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.
Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”
Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.
Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”
Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd
LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.
Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.
Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.
It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.
In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.
Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.
Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.
However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.
Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.
On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.
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