UWIC athletes make their mark at national event 

ATHLETES from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) put in impressive performances at the UK Challenge Final recently.

Despite poor conditions due to the weather at the Windsor track, a number of UWIC students were able to rise to the challenge in events including Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Long Jump and Steeple Chase.

Sean Power, UWIC’s Director of Athletics said: “Despite the weather affecting conditions badly, once more UWIC athletes distinguished themselves both in numbers and success at the 2008 edition of the UK Challenge Final.

“This was the culmination of the UK Challenge competition which was spread over the whole season where athletes attempted to mount a points total from their four best results in qualifying competitions. These competitions ranged from British League meetings right through to this year's Olympic Trials in Birmingham. The top eight point scorers in each event were then invited to compete for the prize money on offer at the 2008 UK Challenge Final, and again there were a number of UWIC athletes amongst them.”
Putting in stand-out performances were the women’s pole vaulters with Louise Butterworth winning with a clearance of 4.01m, Emma Lyons came second with 3.86m and recent graduate Henrietta Paxton third with 3.71m. Another UWIC student Bryony Rayne came sixth with 3.36m. With Louise's and Emma's coach Scott Simpson returning to Cardiff to take over from Sean Power as UWIC's Director of Athletics next month, it is hoped that the pair will make even further improvements in the near future.
Gary White and Elliot O'Neill, coached by Sean Power, have just returned to competing after both suffering injuries and managed respectable third and fourth places in the challenging conditions.

Further success for UWIC appeared in the women's 3000m Steeplechase when Emily Brown (coached by UWIC Academy coach Darrell Maynard)
defied the conditions to win with 11:18.72, just two seconds away from her personal best.  Another success for UWIC women came with the performance of recent graduate Amy Woodman who won the Long Jump with 5.91m. 
UWIC athletes were also in action elsewhere in the UK Challenge Final where Lee Doran came sixth in the Javelin (65.77m) and Dave Coleman seventh in the Discus (48.76m), both coached by UWIC Academy throws coach Nigel Bevan.

For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk
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