West Wales held two Regional Day sessions on two Saturday's in October a fortnight apart from each other. The Endurance and Throws days are held in 2019 as part of the new Welsh Athletics Regional Development Programme.
On Saturday 5th October at Pembrey Country Park, the West Wales Regional Endurance Hub Session followed on seven days after the opening Regional Endurance Day took place at Carmarthen Leisure Centre.
The Regional Hub sessions lasted 90 minutes and gave regional level athletes the chance to train together. It also provided an opportunity for the carry-over of skills learned on the Regional Development Days. These sessions have been opened out to U20 athletes.
Coaches Neil Thomas, Rob Campion and Delyth Brown took the session and started off with some warm up drills. The training session was held on the Gwent League course which has become familiar to many, running around the perimeter of the field working in groups over short and long distances and hill work.
Around a dozen athletes from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Llanelli AC and Swansea Harriers attended the opening day, with the next scheduled to arrive at Pembrey Country Park on Sunday 29th December 2019. The Regional Hub Sessions are open to ALL athletes from the region in the under 13 to under 20 age groups.
After an excellent opening day in Carmarthen on 28th September, The next day of the West Wales Regional Endurance Day (2 of 3) is planned for Saturday 14th December with a venue (TBC). These days are invite only by the region's coordinators.
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Fourteen days later, throwers from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Swansea Harriers and Neath Harriers arrived at Carmarthen Leisure Centre on Saturday 19th October for the first of three West Wales Regional Throws Training Day in Johnstown over a three-hour session.
The objective of the new Throws Development Programme launched by the new National Talent Development Coordinator Ryan Spencer-Jones, is to further develop the current athletes in the groups into the national set up & to grow participation across the region.
With 19 youngsters in attendance, the morning saw West Wales Throws Coordinator Pedr Roberts explain the regional and national programme overviews and beyond to coaches, parents and athletes which was then followed by a warm up on the track with Lucy Griffiths.
Athletes split up into four group disciplines outdoors to work on key techniques and throwing tips. Each coaching group covered the key fitness aspects - strength, speed, power, agility and balance. Taking the groups were Ralph and Alison Siggery (Javelin), Lucy Griffiths (Shot), British International Ian Bowles (Discus) and Matthew Richards and Christina Jones (Hammer).
Once the heavy showers had arrived, attendees headed into the Leisure Centre Sportshall to complete some strength and conditioning fitness testing which included some well known sportshall disciplines, featuring standing long jump, standing triple jump, speed bounce, balance and chest push.
Supporting the qualified coaches on the day were Dai Dix (Swansea Harriers) and Claire Williams (Carmarthen Harriers).
Day 2 of the West Wales Regional Throws will be announced and confirmed in due course.
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Photos: Nathan Jones