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STOP PRESS – RESULTS OF LSAA T&F TRIALS ON SATURDAY 12 JUNE

The number of athletes yesterday was far smaller than at our usual championships but there were many excellent performances. You can see the results here. They were sent to PO10 before midnight on Saturday but its one of the busiest weekends in the athletics calendar with many events taking place all over the country including more than  30 county schools championships or trials, regional championships and BMC Grand Prix so it could be a while before our results are uploaded.

The London Schools selectors will meet in the evening of 14 June to decide who to nominate to ESAA (who will then select the top 16 in each event from those nominated by their county schools associations). We will inform by email by the evening of 15 June the athletes we are nominating. Please do not contact anyone in LSAA to ask if you have been nominated, answering emails slows up the process of informing the nominated athletes. Thank you!

If you are still hoping to achieve an ESAA entry standard in your event we will consider performances achieved up to Sunday 20 June at a licensed meeting (whose results will be published on PO10) but details of such performances (verified by a meeting organiser, club team manager or parent)  must be emailed to Bridget Yule – bridgetyule.1972@gmail.com – by 7pm on Sunday 20 June.

IMPORTANT UPDATES - APRIL 2021

Dear All,

We at LSAA hope that you, your family and friends are keeping safe and well and continue to do so during these testing times. Our apologies for not giving any updates on the 2021 season until now but we needed to wait until guidance was clearer from England Athletics as to what kind of competitions were allowed in May and June.

The LSAA and ESAA cross country competitions in February and March were cancelled but both organisations offered a virtual competition to athletes. We were delighted that 349 pupils from across all year groups from 24 schools in London took part in the LSAA virtual competition. More than 100 London athletes entered the ESAA competition with some fantastic results. Six athletes were in the top 10 for their age-group with Fleur Todd-Warmoth posting the fastest time for Intermediate Girls. Teams of London athletes finished in the top 6 for each age-group – the Junior and Intermediate Girls were first; the Senior Girls, Junior and Intermediate Boys were second.

Towards the end of March England Athletics confirmed that all competitions up to 21st June must take place under COVID secure conditions, using the guidance EA has agreed with the DCMS. This clearly has huge implications for our summer term championships and we can now update you on the decisions we have made so far and some key points. We still have a lot of work to do in planning the competitions we are able to hold and further details will be posted here once available.

LSAA Competitions 2021

The Year 7&8 T&F championships planned for 15 June have been cancelled.

The Combined Events championships will definitely go ahead on Wednesday 26th May (under Covid-secure conditions).  Entries MUST be submitted by schools as there is a payment to be made. A letter with full details was sent to schools on Monday 26th April along with entry and payment forms.

CE Details for Schools     CE Entry Form     CE Payment Form

LSAA T&F Trials for Junior and Intermediate athletes on Saturday 12 June

There will be no T&F 'championships' this year. Instead, in order to give athletes an opportunity to achieve an ESAA national or entry standard to give them a chance of being invited to compete at the ESAA T&F championships in July, we are holding Trials in the full range of ESAA track (*except Race Walks and Steeplechase) and field events for Junior and Intermediate athletes at schools currently affiliated to LSAA. All Juniors and Intermediates aiming at selection for ESAA Championships MUST compete in our Trials.
Some key points:

    .     There will be no borough teams this year.
    .     Athletes will enter themselves on-line, or their school or club can enter them. CLICK HERE TO ENTER
    .     Entry will be restricted to athletes who have achieved ESAA district standard. CLICK HERE FOR ESAA STANDARDS
    .     Athletes may only enter ONE event.
    .     Track events will be graded/seeded races with each athlete competing in only one race
    .     The day will be divided into FOUR sessions, one for each of the four age/gender groups. Athletes will be allowed into the Arena at an appropriate time for their event. They will be encouraged to leave immediately after their event has finished, and must leave at the end of that session at the latest.
    .     Athletes who are aiming to compete in the Steeplechase at the ESAA Track & Field Championships have a choice of two venues. They can either enter the Kent Schools Championships as guests. These take place in Ashford on Saturday 12th June. Please contact Iain Presnell, the meeting manager, on ijkl.presnell@btopenworld.com The deadline for their entries is Monday 24th May. Or they can enter the LICC Open meeting at Lee Valley on 12th/13th June. This is being organised by Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Please contact Geoff Morphitis for information on how to enter - geoffrey.morphitis@capeandd.com Their entries will probably open on 10 May and their closing date will be Friday 28th May.
    .     Athletes who are aiming to compete in the Pole Vault at the ESAA Track & Field Championships should enter the LICC meeting at Lee Valley on 12th /13th June. See paragraph above for contact details.
    .     Athletes who are aiming to compete in the Race Walks at the ESAA Combined Events & Race Walks Championships can enter the Kent Schools Championships as guests. These take place in Ashford on Saturday 12th June. Please contact Iain Presnell, the meeting manager, on ijkl.presnell@btopenworld.com The deadline for their entries is Monday 24th May.
    .     As in previous years there are no events for Seniors at these Trials. We advise Seniors to enter one of these three events on the weekend of 12/13 June: the SEAA U20 championships; the LICC Open  meeting at Lee Valley; the BMC Grand Prix at Watford (for 800m or 1500m). Seniors to be assured that when deciding who to nominate to ESAA the very experienced LSAA selectors will also consider performances at any meeting before 12 June which has a UKA licence and results appear on PO10.

Full details and an entry form for the LSAA trials are being circulated to schools on or soon after 27th April. However athletes may access that information here by clicking on the following link: https://forms.gle/PKZZ4niJ5yHLTV4V9. The closing date will be Friday 21st May at 5pm.  There will be strictly no late entries or event changes.


            EVENTS
2021
LSAA Combined Events championships (1)   Wednesday 26 May @ Lee Valley Athletics Centre     CE Details for Schools     CE Entry Form     CE Payment Form
LSAA T&F Trials (2)   Saturday 12 June @ Battersea Park     CLICK HERE TO ENTER
ESAA Combined Events SE regional round (3)   Saturday 26/Sunday 27 June @ Lee Valley
ESAA T&F Championships (4)   Fri 9/Sat 10/Sun 11 July @ Manchester
ESAA Combined Events and Race Walk Finals (5)   Sat 18/Sun 19 September @ Bedford

Key:
LSAA London Schools Athletic Association
ESAA English Schools Athletic Association

Athletes can only participate in LSAA championships, and be considered for London teams, if their school has affiliated to LSAA. Payments from schools who paid for 2019/2020 were carried over to this 2020/2021 year. Schools who did not affiliate for 2019/2020 should complete the affiliation form.

1. School enters individual athletes or small teams; additional entry fee.

2. Athletes enter individually.

3. London team members selected by key members of LSAA committee.

4. Further details of these championships are given below. Two stage selection process: Very experienced panel of LSAA selectors nominate athletes, ESAA make final decision of who to invite based on PO10 rankings.

5. Selection determined by performance at regional round.


ESAA Track and Field Championships 2021

These will be very different to previous years:

They will be spread over three days, 9-11 July, with only one age-group competing each day (probably Seniors on 9th, Intermediates on 10th and Juniors on 11th).

    .     Numbers will be restricted to 16 athletes in each event.
    .     Counties will nominate athletes who have achieved an ESAA standard (national or entry, depending on county). However, ESAA will make final decision of who is invited to compete based on PO10 rankings of performances achieved at meetings with a UKA licence in 2021.
    .     Athletes can only be in the Manchester stadium on the day of their competition. They will either travel up and back on the day or travel up the day before their competition and back to London on the day they competed. These arrangements are still to be decided – dependent on progress of Government roadmap and advice from ESAA.

Further details will be circulated to athletes aiming at selection for ESAA via schools and clubs, and this website, once they are clarified by ESAA.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES

The following athletes who have all represented London Schools competed in international championships during 2021. Congratulations to all of them on their performances which we are sure will inspire younger London athletes to emulate them in the future.

At the European Indoor championships in Torun, Poland from 4-7 March:

AMA PIPI competed for GB in 400m winning her heat to reach the semi-final, where she came 3rd in a season’s best of 52.54, missing out on a place in the final. She also competed in the 4 x 400m relay where the GB women won silver medals.

KATIE SNOWDEN competed for GB in 1500m finishing 3rd in her heat in 4:10.70 to qualify for the final where she finished 6th.


Borough Organisers & Dates of Borough Championships, correct as at 14th March 2021.


UPDATES - AUTUMN 2020:

New LSAA Awards

In memory of our late President, Gwyn Williams, there will be two awards awarded each year for the best performances, one by a girl and one by a boy, at the LSAA main Track & Field Championships. Rosemary Williams has kindly agreed to present those awards in 2021, on a suitable date after those championships. Further details on all LSAA awards are in preparation and will be added to the website in the autumn.

Rosemary and her family have asked us to pass on their thanks to all those in LSAA who kindly donated in Gwyn’s memory to the Royal Marsden Hospital. A total of Ł1150 was raised.

New President of LSAA

We are delighted that Mick Bond has accepted our invitation to be President of LSAA. Mick’s link with our Association began in 1974 when he represented London Schools in the JB 100m at the ESAA T&F championships, in the early years of Gwyn Williams being a London team manager. From finishing 6th in the JB final in 1974 Mick progressed to winning a bronze medal in IB 100m in 1976 and GOLD in SB 100m in 1977. When Bridget Yule took on organising the LSAA main T&F championships in 2002 Mick had already been the Greenwich Schools team manager for more than 5 years - a role he still holds today. In 2006 Mick kindly took on organising the LSAA year 7&8 cross country championships and in 2008, with his team at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, took on responsibility for organising the LSAA Combined Events championships.


Gwyn Williams

Last week the London Schools Athletic Association lost its longest serving Committee Member, Gwyn Williams.

Gwyn was President of London Schools AA, London / South East England UK School Games Team Manager, and a dear friend to many people involved in athletics. He died on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

Gwyn had been ill for about a year, hence his absence at a number of meetings this year, including the English Schools Championships. I understand that he deteriorated dramatically in the last three weeks. He was in hospital but very much wanted to come home. Unfortunately this was not to be.

The sad news was conveyed to the LSAA by his family. We in turn informed the English Schools AA, and there was an announcement made, and the delegates stood in silence, to mark his passing, at their recent AGM.

At the moment I am not aware of the family’s plans for Gwyn’s funeral, but as soon as I know I will pass on the information.

I imagine that those of you who knew Gwyn would want to pay your respects to such a special man, but if the family decide to have a ‘close family only’ funeral we would of course respect their decision.

Gwyn was involved with London Schools AA for more than 40 years in many different roles. He was also involved with the UK School Games from its inception, and led the London / South East England team to many victories. In this time he managed several hundred athletes, in fact probably a lot closer to several thousand athletes, including many who went on to represent numerous different countries at every possible level, and in a variety of sports.

Over the years many athletes, and their parents, have spoken very highly of Gwyn. In his memory the LSAA will set up a special award.

Personally, whenever a new issue arose, and there were many over the years, both at the ESAAs and at the UKSGs, I knew I could turn to him for guidance. I will always be so grateful to Gwyn for his many, many, many gems of wisdom, his unique way of dealing with situations, his stories, and his sense of humour! I know many of you will feel the same.

His death leaves a huge hole in athletics, and our hearts.

Anthony Soalla-Bell
LSAA T&F senior team manager
19th November 2019


2020 Activities and Achievements Review

Click here to find names and email addresses of borough organisers, correct as at 14th April 2021.

 

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Dan Coffey Award for the outstanding London individual at the ESAA cross-country championships first awarded in 2017. Presented to Julia Tomczak by LSAA President Gwyn Williams.
In the memory of Sylvester Akpalara, (a very talented runner, who competed several times for London Schools, and tragically lost his life in 2010), the LSAA created an annual award which is for the athlete who embraces the spirit of the 'English Schools Track & Field Championship'. The first receipient of the award is Victor Dos Santos Soares. Here is Victor receiving his award from the Association's Chairman, Gwyn Williams, at the '2011 Sainsbury's UK School Games'.

 
Map showing LSAA boroughs
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