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RESULTS OF SUMMER 2021 LSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The results of the Combined Events championships organised by LSAA for schools in London, Kent and Middlesex (and one guest school from Surrey) held on 26 May are given here.

The results of the LSAA T&F Trials held on 12 June are given here.


            EVENTS
2022
LSAA Main Cross-Country championships (1)   tba
LSAA Year 7&8 Cross-Country championships (2)   tba
ESAA Cross-Country championships (4)   Saturday 12 March @ Hop Farm (tbc)
Borough T&F championships   suggested week beginning 9 May or earlier
Deadline for borough entries to main T&F champs (2)   Thursday 19 May (tbc)
LSAA Combined Events championships (3)   tba
LSAA Main T&F championships (2)   Saturday 11 June (tbc)
LSAA Year 7&8 T&F championships (2)   tba
ESAA Combined Events SE regional round (4)   tba
ESAA T&F Championships (4)   tba
ESAA Combined Events and Race Walk Finals (5)   tba

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. Information on how to pay 2021/2022 affiliation fee will be sent to all schools in 3rd or 4th week of November.

1. School selected team.

2. Borough selects team from those schools that are affiliated.

3. School selected small team but additional entry fee.

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

5. Selection determined by performance at regional round.

Please note:

ESAA Cup competitions (cross-country and Track & Field) are NOT organised by LSAA (although the local and regional Cup competitions are currently overseen by Marilyn Walker who is also the LSAA championships organiser). Also, the age-groups for Cup competitions are different to those for LSAA and ESAA championships.


ESAA Track and Field Championships 2021

We nominated 38 athletes to ESAA, they were all selected. Two athletes had to withdraw – one because selected for GB to compete at European U20 championships, the other had to self-isolate.

Once we had looked at costs of travel and accommodation it was agreed that the 13 athletes who opted to travel with team managers would do so by train on the day, with 2 team managers accompanying each age-group. Anthony Soalla-Bell and Matthew Burdekin were in Manchester the whole time so there were always 4 London team managers there.

Although we had far fewer athletes than at previous ESAA championships there were many outstanding performances:

10 medals were won – 2 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze representing 27.8% of the athletes. (higher than the 13 individual medallists from team of 69 in 2019, which was 18.8%).

The Juniors had the most successful day with 5 winning medals (55.6%); Seniors won 3 (23.1%) and Intermediates 2 (14.3%). All but one Junior athlete finished in the top 8.

Overall, 12 athletes finished in positions 4-8 (33.3%) compared to 14 (20.3%) in 2019. 

23 athletes (63.9%) achieved an ESAA standard at the championships – in 2019 it was 59.4%.

11 athletes achieved a pb or sb (30.6%) – in 2019 it was 29%.

The results of the London athletes at these championships are given here – ESAA T&F results 2021.


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.

At the World Athletics Relays in Chorzow, Poland from 1-2 May
AMA PIPI competed in the 4 x 400m relay where the GB women won their heat and won BRONZE in the final.

At the European U20 championships in Tallinn, Estonia from 15-18 July these 5 athletes competed for GB:

MALLORY CLULEY ran 13.88 to come 5th in her heat of 100m hurdles, qualifying for the semi-final where she was 7th.
DANIEL FALODE was 5th in the final of the Triple Jump where he jumped a season's best of 15.81m.
NANA GYEDU threw 13.97m to come 7th in her pool of the Shot Putt, missing out on a place in the final.
DOMINIC OGBECHIE was joint captain of the GB team. He equalled his season's best of 2.13m in the final of the High Jump to finish 9th.
JERIEL QUAINOO ran 10.35 in the final of the 100m to come 5th. He also competed in the 4 x 100m relay where the GB men won GOLD.

At the European U23 championships in Tallinn, Estonia from 8-11 Jul these 3 athletes competed for GB:

KRISTAL AWUAH won her heat and semi-final of the 100m and finished 3rd in the Final in 11.44, winning a BRONZE medal.
KIAH DUBARRY-GAY was 3rd in her heat of the 200m, 2nd in her semi in a pb of 23.29 and finished 5th in the final in 23.32.
BRANDON MINGELI was 2nd in his heat of the 100m in 10.45 and finished 7th in the final in 10.55.

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan from 30 July - 8 August these 6 athletes competed for GB:

NICLAS BAKER ran in the final of the Mixed 4 x 400m relay where GB finished 6th.
DARYLL NEITA was 2nd in her heat of 100 running a pb of 10.96. She finished 4th in her semi-final in 11.00 to qualify for the final where she finished 8th. She anchored the GB team to BRONZE in the Women's 4 x 100m relay.
AMA PIPI was 4th in her heat of the 400m in 51.17 to qualify for the semi-final where she was 7th in 51.59.
KATIE SNOWDEN ran a pb of 4:02.77 in her heat of the 1500m qualifying automatically for the semi-final where she ran 4:02.93, missing out on a place in the final.
LORRAINE UGEN jumped 6.05m in her pool in the Long Jump,but did not qualify for the final.
ALEX YEE won SILVER in the Men's Triathlon and GOLD in the Mixed Triathlon Relay.


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. We had originally hoped that in 2021 these Awards would be presented to the winners by Rosemary Williams at the Team Meeting in July. But we had to hold that via Zoom this year so the Awards were presented to the athletes by Anthony Soalla-Bell at the end of the appropriate day at the ESAA T&F championships in Manchester in July. We hope that in 2022 Rosemary will be able to present the Awards in person at a suitable date after the LSAA T&F championships.

The winners this year were:

Renee Regis Intermediate Girl who won the 100m in a national standard time of 12.12 secs

Alexander Abebrese Junior Boy who won the Shot Putt with a national standard throw of 15.21m.

Further details on all LSAA awards are in preparation and will be added to the website in the next few months.

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 £1150 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

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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'.

 
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