The official governing body for athletics in Wales, Welsh Athletics, recently honoured a number of Cardiff Met staff and alumni at its annual awards dinner.
Endurance Performance Coach of the Year went to Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Performance Director for Athletics & Head of Endurance, James Thie.
MSc graduate and British Marathon Champion, Josh Griffiths, was recognised with the Outstanding Performance Award – Off Track for his performance as the fastest Briton in this year’s Virgin London Marathon.
Paralympian and Cardiff Met graduate, Aled Sion Davies, scooped the Outstanding Performance Award – Track & Field for his dominant season, culminating in a World Record throw in the World Para Athletics Championships.
Aled’s coach, Ryan Spencer-Jones, is also a Cardiff Met graduate and was honoured with the International Performance Coach of the Year award on the night.
The Welsh Athletics awards dinner saw almost 200 people came together to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work by its clubs, social running groups and volunteers over the last 12 months. Over 300 nominations were received across the various categories, the highest number ever received.
Speaking about his accolade, James Thie said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised by Welsh Athletics at such a high profile event.
"Any success I have achieved in this area has only been possible with the fantastic support I receive from my family, fellow athletes and all the staff and students at Cardiff Met.”