Who's who at the Junior Academy

Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club is the only sports club in Cardiff that caters for the full range of athletics and is one of the leading athletic clubs in Britain. The club’s activities cover track & field, cross country and road running and it has members that participate in fell running and disabled athletics.

We are affiliated to the governing bodies of athletics in Britain and in Wales which are UK Athletics and Welsh Athletics respectively and the club is a voluntary organisation with officials, coaches, team managers and others providing countless numbers of hours without payment of any kind.

Below are a list of our Principal Officers, General Committee Members, Academy Administrator, Team Managers and Coaches. If you are interested in joining or helping our club in any way, please contact any of the club’s officers and you will be assured of a warm welcome.

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Academy Administrator

Gayle Farrell Gayle Farrell

Gayle started volunteering with the Academy when her children joined in 2016, helping with office administration.
Gayle was appointed the Academy Administrator to facilitate the growth and modernization of the Academy.
Prior to Academy position Gayle worked as an Administration Manager for the NHS, managing a team of 10 across two hospital sites. Gayle was employed by the NHS for over 20 years and has brought great HR and administration experience to Academy.
Gayle main aim is to continue improving the administration, policies and procedures for the Academy.

Academy Head Coach

Marie Sparkes Marie Sparkes

Head Coach

Marie Sparkes is the Head Coach at Cardiff Athletics Academy; part of her role is to coordinate the delivery of coaching sessions and the CPD of all Academy Coaches and Volunteers.
Marie started volunteering in the Academy as a Coach in 2016 developing athletes’ skills and formulating positive relationships which led her to being appointed Head Coach within the Academy allow the Academy to grow and modernise.
Prior to joining the Academy Marie spent 9 years working in primary schools leading a variety of successful roles from Maths Coordinating, supporting and developing SEN children and PE teaching. After achieving a HONS Degree, Marie started teaching PE in secondary schools. Marie’s teaching highlight was helping guide the children to achieve their life goals.
Marie’s main aim is to continue improving the development of the Academy and athletes.

Team Managers

Natalie Hughes Natalie Hughes

UK Youth Development League (U13) - boys
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UK Youth Development League (U13) - boys

AJ Mohsin AJ Mohsin

UK Youth Development League (U15) - girls
07787 373 079


UK Youth Development League (U15) - girls


Rory McKerlich Rory McKerlich

Qualifications: Athletics Coach

Rory’s main role on the management Committee is to recruit and support new volunteer Track officials and coordinate home club fixtures.
Rory joined the Club just after the Olympics 2012 along with his son, and soon started volunteering for the club at Track and Field event. Rory had a thirst for officiating and completed the level 1 track judge course, level 2 race walk Judge and has propelled himself through officiating pathway and is now a level 4 Track Judge.
Rory also became an assistant coach and started coaching in the track rats. Rory continued the coaching pathway and completed the athletics coach course. Rory continues to coach in the clubs Academy.

Ayoimide Eluyera Ayoimide Eluyera

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Ayo joined the academy team in 2016 as one of the Young Leading on the creation of the clubs Coaching pathway. During this time Ayo has progressed to complete his Coaching Assistant and First Aid Courses. Ayo is also an athlete within the club continuing to improve every season. Ayo is an extremely committed athlete and coach and enjoys learning to sprint faster and improve not only athletics performances but also his own. Ayo passion is ensuring the next generation of young athletes are learning all aspects of athletics and ensuring they're having fun!

Ryan Lane Ryan Lane

Qualifications: Athletics coach

Events Coached: Jumps

Development coach in jumps

James Gold James Gold

Qualifications: Coaching Assistant

James was one of the founding members of the Club Young Leaders programme and been with the Academy for 3 years. During this time James has completed the Sports First Aid, Safeguarding, Assistant coach Course and is studying for the athletics coach.
James is also an active athlete for the club and enjoys 800m and 1500m and reluctantly runs Cross Country and was Welsh U17 steeplechase champion 2018.

Dominic Goddard Dominic Goddard

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Bethany Gold Bethany Gold

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Bethany was one of the founding members of the Club Young Leaders programme and been with the Academy for 2 years. During this time Bethany has completed the Sports Leader level 2, Sports First Aid, Safeguarding and the Assistant coach Course.
Bethany really enjoys coaching supporting the little dragons in the Academy and is studying Sport Development and Coaching in college.
Bethany is also an active athlete for the club and enjoys Steeplechase, Road Running and Cross Country.

Luke Jachantow Luke Jachantow

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Luke has been coaching for the past 8 years and joined the Academy team 2 years ago and is an Assistant Coach. Luke studied Sport Coaching and Development at Southampton Solent University and in his spare time enjoys volunteering at Sports Cardiff.

Luke’s favourite events to coach are sprints and long jump.

Aaron Jolly Aaron Jolly

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Jack Stockley Jones Jack Stockley Jones

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Alex Jackson Alex Jackson

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Simeon Santima Simeon Santima

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Melanie Grey Melanie Grey

Qualifications: Assistant Coach

Events Coached: Sprints

Development Coach with Luke Harry

Luke Harry Luke Harry

Qualifications: Athletics Coach

Events Coached: Sprints

Development Coach with Melanie Grey

Alyson Hourihan Alyson Hourihan

Qualifications: UKA Level 2

Events Coached: Throws

Has been with the club for many years.



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