AN Ammanford school pupil has been recognised for her contribution to Dyfed Schools Athletics over several years with a special award.

17-year-old Alicia Samuel was given the Glyn Davies award following her successful year in the sport.

In November 2015 Dyfed Schools Association set up the annual Glyn Davies Award in memory of Glyn who had been treasurer of Dyfed Schools AA for 16 years. The award is to be given annually to the Dyfed school athlete/s who has contributed most to Dyfed schools in athletics or cross country in that year.

Dyfed Schools across all four areas in the county were invited to nominate an athlete who in their view contributed to the success of Dyfed Schools in the first half of 2018 (athletics, cross country or sports hall athletics).

It was the Aberaeron due of Lili Church and Beca Roberts who were joint winners this time last year. After the closing date for nominations, the committee decided to present the award this year to the Ysgol Dyffryn Aman’s pupil.

During 2018, Alicia was the Dyfed senior girls captain at the Welsh Schools Track & Field Championships in Cardiff, where they won the trophy. At the same championships, she won the senior girls’ sprint double over 100m and 200m before running the final leg in the winning relay team.

She is currently the number one ranked runner in Wales at under 20 level over 100m and 200m, recording season times of 12.04 seconds (11.88 and 11.89 wind assisted) and 24.84 seconds respectively.

Representing Wales, Alicia also competed at senior level during the last 12 months, with the Celtic Games International in Scotland back in August as well as the Manchester International event in Mid-August some of her recent main highlights. In the North West of England, she clocked under 12 seconds in a high-quality field of sprinters.

The award was presented in a special assembly at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman in Ammanford before the half term holidays by the Dyfed Schools AA Chairman, Dr Hedydd Davies.

Ysgol Dyffryn Aman pupil: Alicia Samuel

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