Eban Geal is no stranger to hard work.
He is the only person from Anglesey and North West Wales to complete all aspects of the Young Ambassador pathway from Bronze through to Gold.
He also spent over 300 hours volunteering in the past year and was recognised by the Millennium Volunteers programme.
The Anglesey youngster has done all of this while studying for his exams.
“I had a busy Summer holiday trying to fit more volunteering in, because I knew I would be busy with revision” he tells us.
Eban started his Young Ambassador journey in Year 6, inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games.
Moving up the ladder, he has ambitions to go further still.
“I want to keep clocking up the volunteering hours” he explains. “I like to give other people opportunities to take part in sport.”
Driven by a passion for sport – and his local community – Eban is an active volunteer in and out of the school setting and he helped establish junior football teams in the village of Brynsiencyn. He also enjoys fundraising or helping out at charity events, from volunteering at Cancer Research Relay for Life to walking up Snowdon for the Air Ambulance.
When he’s not busy coaching or helping at events, Eban is helping shape the future of leisure on the Isle of Anglesey. He is part of the Anglesey Council Leisure and Sport Forum and is full of ideas for the future of his beloved island and sport.
Volunteering has helped Eban develop as a person.
“It has really improved my confidence” he says. “I’ve got improved communication skills, especially speaking out in front of people.”
His parents are very proud of his achievements.
The future looks bright for the teenager, who is excited to travel to Gibraltar in 2019 to help with the Ynys Mon Athletics team competing in the International Island Games.
“Volunteering has opened up doors for me and brings me enjoyment,” adds Eban.