Hannah – One Year On

What a difference a year makes.

  • On the path to training to become a teacher
  • A huge boost in confidence
  • Memories to last a lifetime.

Three things that youngster Hannah Nolan credits winning last year’s Inspiring Young Person Award at the Wales Sport Awards last year.

In 2017, we heard how the North Wales sport volunteer not only helped others, but also helped pull herself out of a dark place.

Hannah, who helped with the Healthy Image Project at Conwy Youth Service, said she was at ‘an all-time low’ with depression and anxiety and needed a reason to leave the house.

When she won the award, she had volunteered over 150 hours in her local community, while juggling school work, exams and helping to care for her Nan who was recovering from Lung Cancer.

“Being announced as the winner of the award felt absolutely surreal” remembers Hannah. “I couldn’t believe I had won, and it was the most amazing feeling in the world.”

Since winning the award, she has continued to volunteer but has also started on the road to becoming a teacher.

She explains: “Since December 2017, my confidence in everything I do has sky-rocketed and has actually given me the motivation to go further, not only continuing to help people through volunteering, but to become a teacher working one-to-one with children in need of support.”

She says winning the award helped her gain clarity: “I continued volunteering in my community trying to inspire the children and show them that anything is possible when you put your heart into it.” It also boosted her own career plans as she started researching ways to become a teacher.

She has recently started college on a course that can help make this possible.

“I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for this award, all the support I received and the confidence I gained, I don’t think I would have ever gone through with starting my life and journey into teaching.”

To nominate somebody for a community award for 2018, visit here and nominate by Friday 5th October.

Search is on for Wales’ Sporting Best

The Wales Sport Awards are back and at midday today, nominations open to find the community sport stars of the country.

As well as celebrating the very best of elite sport in Wales, the awards are looking for organisations, individuals and sporting experiences that are gripping the nation at a grassroots level.

The categories for nomination are:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Inspiring Young Person
  • Getting Wales Active (new award)
  • Organisation of the Year
  • BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero

The Wales Sport Awards, hosted jointly by Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales, is the country’s biggest annual celebration of elite and grassroots sport.

Lawrence Conway, Chair of Sport Wales, says:

“Often, a volunteer, a coach or a programme, helps inspire someone to achieve at sport, but also to enjoy it for years to come. These awards offer the country a chance to thank those who help make Wales an active nation. We want the Awards to continue to capture the innovative, thrilling and diverse nature of Welsh sport. To do that, we need you to nominate. Let’s celebrate Welsh sport together.”

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Wales, says:

“The awards are an opportunity to honour outstanding achievements in Welsh sport, from volunteers at grassroots level to elite players at the top of their game. As we look back over the year, we celebrate the brilliant success of individuals and groups across the nation and we’re asking people to nominate those who’ve made a real difference.”

Last year’s winner of the Young Inspiring Person category, Hannah Nolan, has fond memories of her award: “Winning felt absolutely surreal, I couldn’t believe it” she said. “It was the most amazing feeling in the world and a brilliant experience with so many lovely people around supporting me and congratulating me.”

Nominations for the community awards are now open at walessportawards.co.uk where you can also find more information about the categories.

Nominations close at midday on Friday 5 October.

The Awards will take place at Celtic Manor on Tuesday 4 December.

The ceremony includes the presentation of the prestigious BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.

We’re back!

That’s right, on December 4th at the Celtic Manor, Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales are teaming up once again for the Wales Sport Awards.

The very best and most inspiring of elite and grassroots sport will join together to celebrate the passion we have for our sporty and active nation.

Got someone in mind that you want to shout about?

The nominations for the Community Awards open next week (Tuesday 18 September), but there’s no reason why you can’t get a head start and get those thinking caps on!

  • Do you know a young person who goes above and beyond to help motivate others to get active?
  • Are you eager to help get a hardworking volunteer recognised for all the hours they give to their community?
  • Perhaps you’ve been inspired to try a new sport yourself and think the organisation or session deserve an award?  

Need to refresh your mind on what happened last year? No problem!

After a difficult time with mental illness, Hannah Nolan gave back to her community by volunteering in sport and was recognised as the Inspiring Young Person of the Year. 

Transforming lives through sport, Disability Sport Wales took the Organisation of the Year Award. 

The ladies were out in force, as Us Girls picked up their award for Sporting Experience of the Year.

Mark James was recognised as Community Voulunteer of the Year for his dedication in coaching boxing in Newport.

While, Mike Blake swapped the high-vis jacket for a suit to collect the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award, for his 40 years + time helping Eryri Harriers in North Wales.

Fateha Ahmed took the Volunteer of the Year accolade after the amazing work she did the help get Muslim women in Cardiff swimming. 

With lots more awards up for grabs on the night, from Team of the Year (Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey) to the coveted BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year (Jonathan Davies), we are very excited to meet this year’s winners.

To keep in the loop, follow #WSA2018 or see the News section