SIXTY YEARS AGO
Athletics events stole the show at Pontypridd Council's Air Show on Whit Monday 1960. By their conduct and sportmanship the athletes were a credit to Welsh Athletics and the people of Pontypridd were quick to show their appreciation.
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FIFTY YEARS AGO
Troedyrhiw AC decided in 1970 to hold track events at the Afon Taf track instead of their annual road races.
They were run in complete darkness and the timekeepers had to use cigarette lighters to read
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
In 1950 the Welsh AAA instituted a Plaque of Honour for valued services rendered by members and the first award was made posthumously to the late
Mr E W O'Donnell.
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The 76th Welsh Senior XC Champs held at a cold, wet and windy Swansea on
2 Feb 1980 were a bit
of an anti climax.
Steve Jones and Tony Simmons broke away from the field and decided to
run in together to create the first ever dead heat in the history of the race.
FORMATION OF WELSH SCHOOLS' AA
A meeting of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire schools' associations was held on 20 September 1945 at Mountain Ash. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the formation of a national association to organise schools' athletics throughout Wales. Convened by Jack Williams of Mountain Ash, one of the pioneers in the formation of the Glamorgan Schools' AAA and secretary of that association at the time, the meeting was also attended by the other officers of that body, Sam Evans of Neath (Chairman) and Jim Excell of Aberdare (Treasurer) and H O Jones, Secretary of Monmouthshire SSAAA.
To these four must be given the credit for laying the foundation of the system of schools athletics in Wales which is now such an integral part of the athletics scene. After making a number of recommendations at their meeting, they then sent out questionnaires to every school in Wales. A meeting was held at the Royal Hotel, Cardiff on 9 March 1946 with the following present: H V W Robinson (Merioneth), N R Butler (Montgomery), L Jones (Radnor), E C Davies (Carmarthen), Jim Excell (Aberdare), H O Jones (Monmouth), Jack Williams and Sam Evans as Chairman, who in his inaugural address stated 'For the first time we have assembled a small national committee to consider the encouragement of schoolboy athletics throughout the Principality' and he appealed to the meeting to reach definite decisions. He reported that almost one hundred schools had replied to the questionnaire and, spurred on by this positive response, the meeting produced a constitution and a further meeting was held at the Wellington Hotel, Wrexham on 12 July 1946, with Sam Evans in the chair, at which the Welsh Secondary Schools' AAA was formally created. The first officers were Dr D Glyn John of Neath (Chairman), F A Arrowsmith of Llandrindod Wells (Vice Chairman), Jim Excell (Treasurer) and Jack Williams (Secretary).
1946 Welsh Secondary Schools' AA was formed
1947 First Welsh Schools' National Track and Field Championships for boys only
1955 Events for girls in the National Track and Field Championships
1955 Welsh Secondary Schools' AAA for Girls was formed
1959 First ever track and field match against Scotland at Colwyn Bay
1961 National Cross Country Championships
1966 Boys' and Girls' Associations merge to form 'Welsh Schools' AA'
1969 Cross Country Championships for girls
1972 International Cross Country fixture
1980 First Inter Association cross country fixture - Welsh Schools AA competed against Welsh CCA
1981 First Inter Association track and field match - Welsh Schools AA v Welsh AAA
1988 Inter Schools Track and Field Cup
1990 Indoor Track and Field International in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
LONG TERM AIMS:
First three in the track and field championships
First three in the cross country championships
Welsh athletes in the SIAB cross country matches
Welsh athletes in the SIAB track and field matches
Athletes in Welsh Schools v Welsh AAA track and field matches
Athletes in Welsh Schools v Welsh AAA cross country matches