Montgomeryshire field stars claim national success


Gavin Grosvenor

THREE Montgomeryshire athletes were among the medals at last  weekend’s Welsh Indoor Track and Field Senior Championships in Cardiff.

Welshpool’s ‘Queen of Throws’ Adele Nicoll (pictured) defended her women’s shot put title with a throw of 15.30 metres.

It marked a new indoor personal best and championship best for the 19-year-old Birchfield Harrier who is now based in Cardiff.

Nicoll said:  “I had a great championship. It was an indoor PB and a Cardiff Met university record so I am very proud.”

Newtown’s Sian Swanson was also in action, claiming gold in the women’s triple jump with an effort of 11.26m and silver in the long jump with a distance of 5.49m

Swanson, now a member of Swansea Harriers, said: “I went into the championships looking to retain my triple jump title and knew I’d have to jump well to get a medal in the long jump. 

“I am thrilled to have executed my plan to get gold and to then jump a PB in long jump in the final round to get silver.”

Former Newtown schoolboy Navid Childs claimed gold in the senior men’s triple jump.

The Thames Valley AC star achieved a PB with a winning jump of 14.46m.

Meanwhile the next generation of Montgomeryshire athletic talent is in action in Cardiff this weekend with Lauren Williams and Abigail Bowers called up for Wales under 20s in an Indoor International in Cardiff. 

Williams, of Llanidloes, will be competing in the women’s 400m race while Bowers from Welshpool will be representing her country in the 60m hurdles with both among the contenders for medals.

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