Dolgellau’s Mr Cricket wins national Wales Sport Award

A Gwynedd volunteer, known as Dolgellau’s ‘Mr Cricket,’ is today announced as Volunteer of the Year at the Wales Sport Awards 2018.

College maths teacher Gareth Lanagan will accept the award at a glitzy ceremony of Welsh sporting stars at Celtic Manor on December 4.

Described by one of his peers as “one of the linchpins of cricket in Gwynedd,” Gareth aims to introduce the sport to new audiences.

Stuart Evans, who nominated him, explained: “We’ve gone from a club that was just about surviving, to one that it is thriving, thanks to Gareth.

“Sometimes I wonder if he actually sleeps! He loves cricket and loves Dolgellau cricket club. He is most definitely our Mr Cricket.”

The head coach, first team captain and chairman has been key in developing a family-friendly club. He is passionate about the Welsh language and sport in Gwynedd.

He started up a female cricket team last year and has developed the future of the club, with a thriving junior side.

Gareth, who lives in Aberystwyth but works and volunteers in Dolgellau, said: “Cricket is a game that has given me so much. I want others to have the opportunities that I’ve had.

“The dream would be that in years to come one of the youngsters I coach can take my place on the first team.”

Sarah Powell, CEO at Sport Wales said: “Yet again, we have an exceptional standard of community award winners who demonstrate the amazing work happening in grassroots sport.

“I have no doubt that hearing about these groups and individuals will help motivate and inspire others to enjoy sport and the many opportunities it offers.”

The Volunteer of the Year category recognises an individual who devotes their time to support, develop or champion sport.

The Wales Sport Awards is held jointly between Sport Wales and BBC Wales. For more information about this year’s event, visit www.walessportawards.co.uk or follow #WSA2018