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Merionethshire School Sports, 1 July 1952

Competitions of strength and agility have been held in Wales for centuries, but amateur athletics came from England through the public schools and colleges during the nineteenth century. Wales's first athletics club was formed in Newport in 1877 and the increasing popularity of formal athletics by the turn of the 20th century led to the first athletics championships in Wales being held at Rodney Parade in Pontypridd in 1907.

The first nation-wide Schools Championships were held in 1947 and the Welsh Amateur Athletics Society was formed in 1948. The Commonwealth Games that were held in Cardiff in 1958 generated widespread interest in athletics in Wales and the Welsh Games were held the following year.

Outstanding Welsh athletes include long-jumper Lynn 'the Leap' Davies, weightlifter David Morgan, para-Olympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, runner Steve Jones and hurdler Colin Jackson.

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The Welsh Academy Encylopaedia of Wales (Cardiff, 2008)

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