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Carwyn James Young Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

To recognise a young Welsh sports personality based on their achievements to date, with priority given to the calendar year of the awards.
The award is open to Under 18 performance athletes for achievements during the period from 1 September 2017 – August 31st 2018.
Sport Wales will nominate the winners of this category to the Wales Sport Awards panel.

Community Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach to getting more people starting, staying and/or succeeding in community sport through high quality coaching.
This category is open to volunteer or paid coaches.

What we’re looking for:
• Evidence of the impact the coach has had on widening access to sport through coaching in a community setting.
• Evidence of work with particularly under-represented groups within the sport or activity.
• Evidence of how the coach understands and caters for the diverse needs of all participants and promotes equity and inclusion.
• Evidence of how the coach safeguards their participants and provides suitable coaching for the participant’s stage of development.
• Examples of innovative practice.
• Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the participants / performers they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment), and the positive impact that they have within the community.

Recognised coaching qualification required.
For achievements between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018.
There are no age restrictions for nominees.

Inspiring Young Person

This award is for a young person who has inspired more people to participate in, or engage with, sport or physical activity.
What we’re looking for:
• They give up their time to lead, inspire and support more people to participate in sport.
• They are positive role models and encourage others to do sport.
• They have helped maintain participation and engagement in sport or physical activity.
• Evidence of the wider impact on the participants (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).
• Evidence of the positive impact that they have within the wider community.
• They use innovative approaches.
The award is for a young person aged under 25 who is from Wales or lives permanently in Wales.
For achievements between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018.

Organisation of the Year

This award is for an organisation, group, enterprise or commercial entity that has encouraged the people of Wales to participate in sport and physical activity:
We’re looking for an organisation that has:
• Developed new participation initiatives.
• Enabled more people to participate in sport.
• Can demonstrate the difference their organisation has made to people’s lives.
• Engaged with lower participant groups, for example, disabled people, BME, women & girls and those living in socially deprived areas.
• Future-proofed their work; for example, either demonstrating financial sustainability, or the process undertaken to keep the activity/sport running sustainably.
• Can demonstrate the impact their staff, members or organisation as a whole have had on sport or activity in Wales.
• Been innovative in their approach, using technology or ‘out of the box thinking’ to drive positive outcomes.
• Made a positive difference on the governance of their sport or activity.
• Identified commercial opportunities and developed relationships with business partners or companies to drive their organisation forwards.
• Understood the needs of its members/participants and ensures that all participants have equal opportunity to participate and that there is a strong approach to equity within the organisation.
For achievements between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018.

Team of the Year

For the team in an individual sport or sporting discipline that has achieved the most notable performance in the past 12 months. The team should represent Wales or be based in Wales.
Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales will nominate teams for this category to be decided by an official Wales Sport Awards panel.

Getting Wales Active Award

This award is for anything (individual, group of people, club, school, organisation, event, programme or project) that has inspired more people to participate in physical activity.

Examples of what we’re looking for:

  • Evidence of getting new participants engaged in physical activity.
  • Reaching out to diverse communities / under-represented groups.
  • Impact on a large number of people.
  • Encouraging others to promote physical activity.
  • New or innovative ideas to break down barriers to participation.
  • Not necessarily traditional ‘sport’.
  • Created an enjoyable and welcoming sporting experience – regardless of ability or background.

Coach of the Year

This award looks for evidence of an athlete-centred approach leading to successful performance within sport at the highest level.
What we’re looking for:
• Evidence of athlete-centred development leading to successful performance.
• Evidence of national or international achievements by the athletes being coached.
• Examples of innovative practice (such as use of technology).
• Impact on Wales and Welsh sport.
Open to coaches coaching athletes at high performance level in their sport (national and international).
Nominees can be Welsh, Welsh nationals coaching in a country outside Wales or a coach to Welsh sportspeople.
Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales will nominate coaches for this category to be decided by an official Wales Sport Awards panel.

Get Inspired Unsung Hero

BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2018 are searching for the most dynamic, forward thinking and driven volunteers from across the UK, who are inspiring people of all ages to get up and get active.

Nominate the person who always puts others first by entering them for 2018.

Details on how to nominate and terms and conditions can be found on the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero website, just click here. 

Nominate your Unsung Hero before the deadline, midnight on Sunday, 21 October 2018, or you’ll have to wait until 2019.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This category will be awarded at the judging panel’s discretion and is reserved for those individuals that have dedicated a lifetime to sport in Wales.

BBC Cymru Wales Wales Sport Personality of the Year

The award, voted by the public from a list of candidates selected by the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year panel, is given to the person whom, it is felt, has achieved most in Welsh sport over the past year.

Volunteer of the Year

This award is for an individual who devotes their time to support, develop or champion sport and physical activity.
What we’re looking for:
• They give up their time to lead, inspire, support and enable more people to participate in sport – by officiating at matches, running events, undertaking administrative or support roles.
• They are positive role models, and encourage others to do sport.
• Evidence of the wider impact on the participants (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).
• Evidence of the positive impact that they have within the community.
Nominations should be for volunteers working at a school, in a community setting, regional, national or international level in a non-coaching role.
For achievements between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018.
There are no age restrictions for nominees.

Nominations go live at midday on Tuesday 18th September. The nomination form will be available here.

If you would like a pdf version of the application form please contact nominations@walessportawards.co.uk

Guidance Notes

Success in the Awards depends on two factors: the quality of sporting achievements, coaching or volunteering demonstrated by the candidate and the quality of the nomination itself.

The nomination process is straightforward but to do justice to the person you’re nominating, please follow this advice:

  • Check the judging criteria to ensure you’re making a nomination in the right category.
  • Follow the golden rule and tell the story about achievements and impact, providing further detail to back this up.
  • Follow the category guidance for what we’re looking for.
  • The judging panel can only take into account information on the nomination form so please don’t include any attachments.

Nominations for the Wales Sport Awards 2018 will close at midday on Friday 5th October 2018.