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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.

 

EVENTS 
2020    
Weds 5th February   LSAA Main Cross-Country Championship @ Wormwood Scrubs..
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.
Sat 13th June * LSAA Main Track & Field Championship @ Battersea Park.
Tues 16th June * LSAA Year7 & Year8 Track & Field Championship @ Mile End.
Mon 6th July   Compulsory team meeting for all athletes selected for London team and their parent/guardian.
Thurs 9th July   London team travels to Manchester - all athletes must travel to and from ESAA championships with the team.
Fri/Sat 10th/11th July   English Schools T&F Championships @ Manchester. Team returns to London late in the evening on Saturday, 11th July.
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. Further information regarding selection for the London track and field team will be made available in the spring of 2020.


Borough Organisers & Dates of Borough Championships, correct as at 19th November 2019.


ENGLISH SCHOOLS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BIRMINGHAM, 12/13 JULY 2019. Congratulations to all the athletes who competed at Birmingham this year.  We took a team of 69 athletes to these Championships. Seven athletes originally selected for the team were unavailable  – one was selected for the European Junior Championships, the others had to withdraw because of prebooked holidays or injury. Only 52 members of the team had achieved an ESAA standard before we travelled to ESAA but another 8 achieved entry standard for the first time this year at the championships, a great achievement.  There were many performances to be proud of, some highlights being:

  • ·         Four individual gold medals, five individual silver and four individual bronze medals.
  • ·         The IG, SG and JB relay teams won silver medals
  • ·         The SG relay team ran the fastest ever time by a London Schools SG team AND they broke the championships record set in the heat by Essex so they ran the second fastest time ever by a SG relay team at ESAA championships
  • ·         The Senior Girls’ team were 1st in the 11  Group A counties, winning the Joan Hayward Cup;  the Junior Boys’ team were  3rd  
  • ·         WE came 6th overall in the group A counties, but only 6 points below 5th position.
  • ·         Alexandra Brown, our Girls’ captain, added a bronze medal to her ESAA medal tally. Alex was competing in her 6th consecutive English Schools 1500m final where she has won two gold medals, two silver medals, one bronze medal and was 5th in 2014 when in year 8. A fantastic record!
  • ·         The four Intermediate gold and silver medal winners were selected for the Schools International – details below. Alex MacHeath had already been selected to represent London Schools in that competition in the Race Walk.
Performances by London athletes.

At the Schools International Meeting in Swansea on 20th July:

Nana Gyedu was the England Schools Girls Captain and set a new Meeting Record when winning the Shot Putt with a season’s best throw of 15.64m.

Jeriel Quainoo won gold in 200m, 21.74, and 4 x 100m relay.

Oliver Bright won silver in 1500m, 3:56.15.

Daniel Falode won gold in Triple Jump, 15.21m and won the David Littlewood Award for best performance of the day by a male athlete”.


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.


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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