THE new president of Welsh Athletics has spoken of her mixed emotions after taking on the role the same weekend her husband suffered a stroke.
Deeside Athletics Club chairman Sue Sayer has started her two year term in the post after being nominated by West, South and North Wales.
She received her chain of office at a ceremony at Llandrindod Wells at the weekend.
But Mrs Sayer spoke of the “nightmare” of the event being just one day after husband Ivor was hospitalised after suffering a stroke.
Mrs Sayer, vice-president of Welsh Athletics for the last four years, said: “It was a nightmare and it hasn’t stopped being one since. It was an anti-climax. What should have been a celebratory day turned into a nightmare.
“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time but we don’t pick when these things happen.”
Mrs Sayer said the signs are positive for her husband, a well known race starter in Wales.
She said: “We have had lots of support and lots of people are asking after him because they’re all concerned about him.”
Despite the rocky start to her term as president, Mrs Sayer is excited for the future.
“I am extremely proud to be the new president of Welsh Athletics,” she said. “I have been involved in the sport for more than 30 years and I am looking forward to serving Welsh Athletics as president.
“I am keen to sort out a few anomalies in the sport because I think there is too much governance and not enough focus on the development of athletics.”
Mrs Sayer is looking forward to an exciting year ahead for the sport, including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.
She added: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Welsh athletes in action at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
“I’m hoping local athletes Bev Jones, Sabrina Fortune, Owen Smith, and Shannon Malone will all be notified about the possibility of being selected before the full Welsh team is announced in July.”