Athletics is considered the king of Olympic sports, and it is not difficult to see why. Who can run the fastest?, jump the highest? or throw the farthest? – these questions have been in mankind’s mind since the beginning of times, and it is no wonder most of the track and field disciplines we know now were part of the original Games taking place in Olympia!
In addition to their historical significance, athletics disciplines are a great way to get fit and prepare for any other sport you may want to try: running, jumping and throwing are basic skills that can be transferred to every other discipline, from rugby to tennis, from gymnastics to judo. A good athletics base is a great way to build up for success for all sportspeople and it is not unusual to see footballers and others training on a track alongside full time track athletes.
Joining a club is easy, with more than 75 affiliated to Welsh Athletics all around Wales, and can be done at any age. Clubs offer qualified and experienced coaching staff to assist with athlete development in a safe and healthy way, and by joining you can get access to a wide range of competitions in multiple disciplines such as track and field, cross country running, mountain and trail running and road races – there is something suited to everyone, 12 months a year.
The London 2012 Olympic Games promise to be a special moment for the sport in Wales, with an incredible five athletes from Wales called up to Team GB. Christian Malcolm, at his fourth Olympics, Brett Morse, Rhys Williams, Gareth Warburton and team captain Dai Greene are all products of the excellent club setup we have in Wales and testament to how our country is preparing for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where a record medal haul is on the cards.
Each of our Famous Five athletes was inspired, in their youth, by watching British Olympic stars’ successes at previous Games and we hope they will provide a similar example to all Welsh youngsters watching from home. London 2012’s aim to “inspire a generation” rests in the incredible power of inspiration Olympic success has – and our moment to shine is now.
Here's a list of your local athletics clubs - or call the Welsh Athletics office at 02920 644870.