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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.

ESAA Combined Events and Race Walk Championships

ESAA have notified us that “Due to continued uncertainty relating to coronavirus restrictions the Combined Events and Race Walk Finals due to take place in September have now been cancelled”.


LONDON SCHOOLS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

 

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.  We are sure that it will come as no surprise to you to have confirmed that there will not be any London Schools Track & Field competitions during the summer term this year. UKA and EA have confirmed no group training or competitions until at least the end of May which meant our Combined Events championships on 20th May could not take place. English Schools' AA have now confirmed that not only is the Track and Field Cup competition cancelled for this year (with all entry fees automatically carried forward to next year) but also that the English Schools' Track and Field Championships that should have taken place in Manchester in July (and the SIAB international the following week) have also been cancelled.

      With many schools not knowing yet when they will be open next term and if so what sports they may be able to take part in, London Schools AA has decided that neither the main inter-borough championships scheduled for Sat 13th June nor the year 7 & 8 championships scheduled for the following Tuesday (16th June) will take place.  Borough championships cannot take place in early May to comply with UKA and EA rules.  It is possible that  some boroughs MAY decide to organise something towards the end of the summer term - depending on whether schools have opened again and what they are able to do by then. 

     ESAA has cancelled the Regional rounds of the Combined Events championships but is hoping that the National final will take place in September.  They are currently working on a method of qualification for that event and will inform counties when that is finalised.

 

EVENTS 
2020    
Weds 5th February   LSAA Main Cross-Country Championship @ Wormwood Scrubs.    RESULTS (105k xlsx)
Tues 3rd March * LSAA Year7 & Year8 Cross-Country Championship @ Avery Hill.
Sat 14th March   English Schools Cross-Country Championships @ Liverpool.
Wed 20th May   LSAA Combined Events Championship @ Lee Valley Athletics Centre. CANCELLED
Sat 13th June * LSAA Main Track & Field Championship @ Battersea Park. CANCELLED
Tues 16th June * LSAA Year7 & Year8 Track & Field Championship @ Mile End. CANCELLED
Fri/Sat 10th/11th July   English Schools T&F Championships @ Manchester. CANCELLED
Mon 9th November   LSAA AGM @ Dulwich College.
   

Key:
LSAA             London Schools Athletic Association
ESAA             English Schools Athletic Association             LSAA team managers will select and enter teams for the ESAA championships. Individuals cannot enter themselves.

* denotes LSAA inter-borough championships. PLEASE ensure therefore that your school has affiliated to LSAA and enters a team in the relevant borough championships (click on link below to find names and email addresses of borough organisers). This will give athletes the best possible chance of being selected for their borough team.

For the other two LSAA championships affiliated schools can enter teams or individuals. Entry forms are sent out early in the appropriate school term.


ESAA Championships - selection for these is primarily based on performances at the main London Schools championships. Athletes cannot enter themselves – selection is by a very experienced panel from the LSAA committee.


Borough Organisers & Dates of Borough Championships, correct as at 19th November 2019. NB. Borough Championships have been cancelled.


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

The family have asked for donations in memory of Gwyn, to be made to 'The Royal Marsden Hospital', who cared so wonderfully for him. Here is the link: https://www.royalmarsden.org/donate

We are putting together a book of ‘Memories of Gwyn’ from the athletics community. If you would like to send a message and/or photo please email them to Bridget Yule – E: bridgetyule.1972@gmail.com. The digital version of the finished book will be put on our website and we will give printed versions to Gwyn’s family.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES

The following athletes who have all represented London Schools competed in international championships during 2019. 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 U23 championships at Gӓvle, Sweden from 11-14 July:

KRISTAL AWUAH competed for GB and was 6th in 200m final with a time of 23.66

DIVINE OLADIPO competed for GB and was 4th in Shot Putt final with a throw of 16.79m, an outdoor season’s best

MICHELLA OBIJIAKU competed for Italy and was 9th in Shot Putt final with a throw of 15.56m.

At the European U20 championships in Boras, Sweden from 18-21 July:

SASKIA MILLARD competed for GB and was 5th in 3000m final with a time of 9:33.77.

NAYANNA DUBARRY-GAY competed for GB in the heats of the 4 x 400m relay where they came 2nd and qualified for the final

At the European Team Championships at Bydgoszcz, Poland from 9-11 August:

DARYLL NEITA competed for GB in 100m, finishing 2nd in 11.33, and in 4 x 100m relay which GB won

KRISTAL AWUAH competed for GB in 4 x 100m relay which they won.

At the World Championships in Doha from 27 September – 6 October:

DARYLL NEITA competed for GB in 100m, running a personal best of 11.12 in her heat to reach the semifinal where she was 4th in 11.18, missing out on the final. She then brought the baton home for GB in the final of the 4 x 100m relay to clinch silver medals for the team.

KRISTAL AWUAH was selected for the GB 4 x 100m relay squad.

At the European Cross-Country championships in Lisbon, Portugal, on 8 December:

SASKIA MILLARD competed for GB, finishing 11th in the U20W race, the second finisher for the GB team and earning a team gold medal.

ALEX YEE competed for GB, finishing 12th in the U23M race, the second finisher for the GB team who were 4th overall.


Annual Letter to Schools dated 18.11.2019 (MS Word 158k)

School's 2020 Affiliation Form (MS Word 146k)

2019 Activities and Achievements Review (MS Word 34k)

Click here to find names and email addresses of borough organisers, correct as at 19th November 2019.

 

LATEST NEWS

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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