My dad competed in athletics for more than 60 years. He was a former Welsh junior champion and Welsh Senior Champion in the throwing events and regularly represented Wales.
He was encouraged by friend Matt Cullen ( a World Veteran Champion in the discus at that time - who competed for Swansea) to take part in masters athletics. So my dad was involved in masters athletics since the 1970’s.
He was also heavily involved in Welsh Masters athletics since it was first formed and regularly competed in the leagues for the Rhondda club (a club of which he was a founder member).
He competed in British Masters Championships and won numerous British titles and set British records (hammer event) at nearly every age group. Ill health forced him to finally stop competing at the age of 82.
He died in 2011 aged 84 and as a family we decided to donate a shield to Welsh Masters Athletics in his memory.
My dad always appreciated everyone’s involvement in athletics. Whether it be an outstanding performance by an athlete, or the time given by officials, committee or other volunteers within the sport.
When we award the shield each year, we consider who he would have wanted to win it.
The Welsh Masters committee have worked so hard this year to get the league back up and running. Everyone who has taken part have said how well organised it has been, and how glad we are to have the league back, after having no masters competitions last year.
Committee work can often be a thankless task.....but we have all appreciated the hard work put in by the committee this year.....and the Welsh Masters Committee would definitely have been my dad’s choice as worthy winners.
Well done to you all. Xx
Welsh Masters committee thank you and feel very proud to have be award the shield in 2019.
In picture - Chris Pruski; Daphne Marler and Brett Davis - missing from picture as he was running about somewhere ,Rod Davies...
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