Wales Sport Awards
GATLAND AND HALFPENNY TAKE WALES SPORT AWARDS HONOURS
The head coach and player at the heart of the historic British and Irish Lions series win have taken the major prizes at the Wales Sport Awards in Cardiff this evening.
Warren Gatland picked up the Coach of the Year award while Leigh Halfpenny won the public vote to claim the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year accolade for 2013.
For Gatland it comes days after he was given the top award at the UK Coaching Awards.
Named Lions’ man of the series after he broke the record for scoring the most points in a test series, full-back Halfpenny finished ahead of Gareth Bale, Aled Sion Davies, Non Stanford and Becky James in the BBC Cymru Wales vote.
Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales joined forces for the first time to create the country’s biggest annual sporting celebration. The Wales Sport Awards were held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.
Other outstanding achievements in Welsh sport were honoured at the event:
The winners of the other awards are:
Team of the Year – Welsh Rugby Union team
Lifetime Achievement Award – Cliff Jones (football)
Volunteer of the Year – Liz Slater
Young Volunteer of the Year – Kat Lovett
Young Coach of the Year – Sian Lewis
Carwyn James Junior Sportsman of the Year – Matthew Parry
Carwyn James Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Adele Nicoll
Coach to disabled people – Keith Rollinson
Unsung Hero – Paul Scarfi
Community Coach of the Year – Edward Thompson
In Sporting Memory
Welsh sport has lost a number of its most talented people in the last year.
The Wales Sport Awards took the opportunity to remember those who gave so much for Welsh sport. Here are some of the names to be remembered.