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2020 funding for Davies, Williams

Created on 12/12/2019 @ 07:46
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Despite turning 40 recently, endurance runner Andrew Davies has impressed Welsh sporting chiefs enough to secure athlete funding for 2020.

Forden lad Davies became the fastest British 40+ year-old for the marathon this month when he recorded a personal best at the Valencia Marathon, and he says that he can expect a busy 2020 mix of marathon and endurance races as he bids to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games when he will be 42.

His recent form has been recognised by being named as a ‘Commonwealth Games Potential’ in the list of 41 athletes who will receive support from Welsh Athletics.

The list also includes Trefeglwys 400m hurdler Lauren Williams who is one of 20 up-and-coming stars on the Commonwealth Games Futures programme.

The athletes have been named for various levels of funding and support to help them achieve their ambitions of competing at major global championships.

 “I am absolutely delighted to be on the Welsh Athletics programme,” Andrew told us this morning. “Their support in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games will be invaluable to be ready for competition. I really can’t thank them enough.”

At the last Commonwealth Games in Australia, Andrew finished an incredible 11th in tough conditions (pictured).

As part of a new strategic vision for athletics in Wales, the governing body has a goal to “inspire by developing a nation of champions who inspire the next generation”.

The goals include:

·      ensuring Wales is represented at every global and European championships

·      increasing the number of top six performances at the Commonwealth Games

Welsh national coach Chris Jones said: “Our programme offers layers of support, both from our own coaches and expert staff, and from specialist colleagues in Sport Wales, that look to raise the bar.

“We’re looking for an honesty in our approach. We want to identify and convert more of our top athletes not just into Commonwealth Games athletes, but also increase Welsh representation in GB teams at European level and stretch ourselves to produce Welsh Olympians.”

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