Who's who

Cardiff Athletic 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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Directors

Andrew Seary President - Andrew Seary

Andrew joined the club through his daughter Kate, competing for the club, like so many parents who have done. Andrew became involved with team management and has risen to in the last few years to be team manager of senior men's team in the Premier League of the British Athletic League. He has also been lead for the other team managers in our Track and Field teams. Accepting the role of club President is his first post as a Principal officer of the club.

Helen James Chairman - Helen James

Helen was a successful sprinter winning Welsh Championships, and representing Wales in International competitions. Following retiring from sprinting, Helen became a sprints coach, and has been successful, winning Sport Wales Coach of the year, a few seasons ago. Helen continues with her coaching, bringing through many young sprinters to represent Wales

Melonie Gregory Head of Welfare and Safeguarding and Senior Welfare Officer. - Melonie Gregory

Melonie main role on the committee is Head of Welfare and Safeguarding and Senior Welfare Officer.

Melonie has been involved in sport since a young age. Introduced to the sport of Table Tennis by her dad she soon mastered the skills needed to compete, her career highlights include:- Somerset Ladies champion, 5 consecutive years, English National under 14 ranking 3, England National girls u17 doubles winner, English schools under 19 Winner 1988, English schools under 16 team winners 1986 and World Student Games 1992. Melonie also spent time completing her coaching qualification to Level 2 as well has well volunteering at local events. Melonie continued in sport by studying at Cardiff Institute, graduating in 1992 with a Human Movement Studies degree. This then led to her career in sports development. Starting out as South West Regional Development Officer for Table Tennis England, to a Local Authority role and to her current role at the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) where she is a Senior Manager leading operational delivery, safeguarding, equity and workforce.
Melonie Joined the club when daughter started in the Academy and is truly a family effort as husband Neil officiates for the club and manages the club shop. Melonie brings great experience to the club and utilises her knowledge and experience to continue to improve and modernise the club.

Mike Farrell Treasurer - Mike Farrell

Mike’s main role on the committee is Club Treasurer, overseeing the financial performance and liabilities of the club. As Treasurer, Mike also sits on the Board of Trustees, responsible for the overall care and management of the club.

Mike’s involvement with Cardiff Athletics actually dates back to the late 1970’s, when he briefly joined and competed for the club when it was based at Maindy Stadium. More recently, Mike became involved again when his boys joined the club and his wife Gayle first volunteered and later became employed by the club as Academy Manager.

Mike joined the committee after being asked to be a parent representative and almost immediately took on the role of Club Treasurer.

Last season, Mike also donned the club vest and competed for Cardiff Athletics in the Master competition at Aberdare, winning two regional Gold medals along with one Silver and one bronze medal on the day (much to his surprise)!

Outside Cardiff Athletics, Mike also coaches football for AFC Whitchurch in the Cardiff & District U12 A Division, runs the occasional half marathon and is Managing Director of a global healthcare company with their UK base in Bridgend.

Management committee members

Peter Gregson Officials Co-Ordinator (Field) - Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson – Officials Co-Ordinator (Field)
Peter’s main role on the management Committee is to recruit and support new volunteer Field officials and coordinate officials for all club fixtures.

Peter joined the club in 2012 when his children started in the Academy, by 2014 Peter started volunteering as a parent helper during sessions, this progressed to Peter becoming a Coaching assistant coaching the U11 group and a multi event multi age group.

Peter started helping officials at competitions in the field events, Peter had found a new passion and completed the level 1 field officials course January 2016 gaining his licence in March 2016 by August 2016 Peter graded as a level 2 Field Official. In October 2017 Peter was awarded the Welsh Athletics Newcomer to Officiating Award.

Paul Darney Media Officer - Paul Darney

PAUL DARNEY – Media Officer
Paul joined the club in 1960 when it was Birchgrove Harriers prior the amalgamation in 1969 forming Cardiff AAC and competed on the track, Cross Country and Road competitions. During his time as an athlete Paul won numerous Welsh tittles and represented Wales at the World Cross Country Championships.
Paul has also team managed the Senior men’s team to European Clubs XC in Britany France, Senior Women team to European Clubs Road 15km Championships in Casino, Italy, along with the senior teams in local leagues.
Paul has a fantastic passion for coach and qualified in 1974 progressing through to Level 4 performance coach. Paul has coached many club Male and Female runners to Welsh titles from U17 to Senior level and has produced many Great Britain Internationals for the club to compete at the Junior World Cross Country Championships. Junior European 1500m titles and two Senior Men how competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, both winning their Great Britain Olympic Trial 3km Steeplechase and 5km/10km races.
Paul has been a lifelong club volunteer holding the roles of Cross Country Sec for 20 years, President for 4 years, Chairman for 2 years and his current role of Media Officer.

Rory McKerlich Rory McKerlich - Officials Co-Ordinator (Track) - Rory McKerlich

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.

Graham Webb Welsh Athletics Representative - Graham Webb

Graham main role on the Management Committee is to represent the club at the Welsh General Council.
Graham has been involved in athletics since 1961 when he won his first 1st welsh title. Graham competed for Wales at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and represent Great Britain on numerous occasions. Graham held the Under 17 Welsh record for Triple Jump for 26 years.
Graham was prominent in Welsh Schools Executive from 1968 until 2016 with the highlight being Chairman in 1996-1998
Graham is also a Level 4 performance Coach specialising in Triple jump and spends a lot of time volunteering as an Official in the Timekeeper role.
During his time with the club Graham has held the roles of Chairman, President and Treasurer and is currently Vice chair of Welsh Athletics General Council.

Coaching Coordinator - Lorraine Mulvaney

Lorraine’s role as the coaching coordinator is to: support and encourage exiting coaches in their coaching development; act as the go between (when needed) to access coaching development opportunities; communicating various items of interest/information specific to Cardiff Athletics coaches; and overseeing some aspects of the administration behind the scenes such as, chasing individual coaches to renew their DBS licence and CPD events.

Lorraine has been involved in athletics for many years, and her love for athletics began as a child, initially competing for her school county. In later years, she took a more hand on approach to athletics as a coach, Masters athlete and mother of a competitive athlete for Cardiff AAC in 2008.

Lorraine is a Level 2 Athletics coach, Level 1 Track official, Level 2 Field official, Level 1 Photo finish official and a Welsh Athletics Equalities board sub group member.

Following a break from coaching due to a career change that demanded a considerable amount of her time both during the day and evenings, Lorraine returned to athletics coaching in 2016 with a specific additional interest in supporting athletes with (and without) Developmental Disorders. Lorraine is now involved in coaching mainly short and long sprints to a group of athletes who compete at local league competitions, National and International competitions which she thoroughly enjoys.

Ian Mulvaney

Ian is a general member of the management committee and focuses on commercial and sponsorship opportunities.

Ian was first involved with the club 10 years ago as a parent, and more recently in the last three years with two athletes, across two different age groups.

In recent years, Ian has contributed to the club as a field official and is in the progress of obtaining his Level 1 Field Official qualification.

Outside of athletics and acting as official designated ‘taxi’ to his children, Ian is an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor.

Bernard Plain Elected from the floor - Bernard Plain

Bernie has been a valued member of the club since 1968 first as an athlete and then stay to help with the day to day running of Cardiff AAC, now Cardiff athletics.

 
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Team Managers

Andrew Seary Andrew Seary

British Athletic League
07802 454 589

andrew.seary@ntlworld.com

Andrew joined the club through his daughter Kate, competing for the club, like so many parents who have done. Andrew became involved with team management and has risen to in the last few years to be team manager of senior men's team in the Premier League of the British Athletic League. He has also been lead for the other team managers in our Track and Field teams. Accepting the role of club President is his first post as a Principal officer of the club.

Debbie Bull

UK Youth Development League (U20/U17) - Boys
07800 802 982

debbiebull_123@msn.com

Has been with the club for many years, staying an active member after her own children retired from athletics.

Gail Gaskin Gail Gaskin

UK Youth Development League (U20/U17) - women
07887 487 676

ggaskin46@gmail.com

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Paul Edwards

Welsh SeniorLeague
07984 397 714

pauledwards01@hotmail.com

Welsh Senior League

AJ Mohsin AJ Mohsin

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

aj.caac@gmail.com

UK Youth Development League (U15) - girls

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Coaches

Paul Darney Paul Darney

PAUL DARNEY – Media Officer
Paul joined the club in 1960 when it was Birchgrove Harriers prior the amalgamation in 1969 forming Cardiff AAC and competed on the track, Cross Country and Road competitions. During his time as an athlete Paul won numerous Welsh tittles and represented Wales at the World Cross Country Championships.
Paul has also team managed the Senior men’s team to European Clubs XC in Britany France, Senior Women team to European Clubs Road 15km Championships in Casino, Italy, along with the senior teams in local leagues.
Paul has a fantastic passion for coach and qualified in 1974 progressing through to Level 4 performance coach. Paul has coached many club Male and Female runners to Welsh titles from U17 to Senior level and has produced many Great Britain Internationals for the club to compete at the Junior World Cross Country Championships. Junior European 1500m titles and two Senior Men how competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, both winning their Great Britain Olympic Trial 3km Steeplechase and 5km/10km races.
Paul has been a lifelong club volunteer holding the roles of Cross Country Sec for 20 years, President for 4 years, Chairman for 2 years and his current role of Media Officer.

Liz Davies Liz Davies

Qualifications: UKA event group endurance

Events Coached: Middle distance

Derrick Stephenson Derrick Stephenson

Qualifications: Athletics Coach

Events Coached: Sprints & Hurdles

Coaches Junior hurdles between 18:00 and 19:00, Senior Sprints between 19:00 and 20:00.

Alyson Hourihan Alyson Hourihan

Qualifications: UKA Level 2

Events Coached: Throws

Has been with the club for many years.

Peter Lane Peter Lane

Qualifications: UKA Level 3

Events Coached: Sprints

Robert Hooper Robert Hooper

Qualifications: UKA Level 3

Events Coached: Sprints

Sharon Heveran Sharon Heveran

Qualifications: Level 2

Events Coached: High jump

Stephen Bailey Stephen Bailey

Qualifications: UKA Event Group: Jumps, sprints & hurdles

Events Coached: Jumps & Sprints

Tom Meyer Tom Meyer

Qualifications: UKA Level 3

Events Coached: Sprints

Arwyn Davies Arwyn Davies

Qualifications: UKA Level 4

Events Coached: Endurance

Sean Power Sean Power

Qualifications: UKA Level 4

Events Coached: Jumps

Stephen Knight Stephen Knight

Qualifications: UKA Level 2

Events Coached: Middle Distance

Diane Hains Diane Hains

Qualifications: UKA Level 2

Events Coached: Endurance

Mark Gold Mark Gold

Qualifications: Athletics Coach, Event Group Endurance

Events Coached: Endurance

Helen James Helen James

Qualifications: Level 2 Coach

Events Coached: Sprints

Helen was a successful sprinter winning Welsh Championships, and representing Wales in International competitions. Following retiring from sprinting, Helen became a sprints coach, and has been successful, winning Sport Wales Coach of the year, a few seasons ago. Helen continues with her coaching, bringing through many young sprinters to represent Wales

Lorraine Mulvaney

Qualifications: UKA Level 2 speed/sprints

Lorraine’s role as the coaching coordinator is to: support and encourage exiting coaches in their coaching development; act as the go between (when needed) to access coaching development opportunities; communicating various items of interest/information specific to Cardiff Athletics coaches; and overseeing some aspects of the administration behind the scenes such as, chasing individual coaches to renew their DBS licence and CPD events.

Lorraine has been involved in athletics for many years, and her love for athletics began as a child, initially competing for her school county. In later years, she took a more hand on approach to athletics as a coach, Masters athlete and mother of a competitive athlete for Cardiff AAC in 2008.

Lorraine is a Level 2 Athletics coach, Level 1 Track official, Level 2 Field official, Level 1 Photo finish official and a Welsh Athletics Equalities board sub group member.

Following a break from coaching due to a career change that demanded a considerable amount of her time both during the day and evenings, Lorraine returned to athletics coaching in 2016 with a specific additional interest in supporting athletes with (and without) Developmental Disorders. Lorraine is now involved in coaching mainly short and long sprints to a group of athletes who compete at local league competitions, National and International competitions which she thoroughly enjoys.

Gareth Walton

Qualifications: UKA Level 3

Events Coached: Sprints and Hurdles

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