Judging Panel 2018

Meet the Wales Sport Awards judging panel for this years’ community awards …

Lowri Morgan

Lowri Morgan is a world-class endurance athlete, BAFTA and multi-award-winning TV presenter, journalist, speaker and adventurer. After overcoming adversity, after a serious sporting accident 18 years ago and despite being told that she would never be able to run properly again, Lowri has competed in, and won, some of the most extreme races in the world.
The mother-of-one has been a TV presenter for over 17 years, working with companies including live TV with BBC Sport, ITV, Channel 4 and S4C and more recently with international broadcasters presenting documentaries about overseas tribes.

James Ledger

James, 25, competed for Team Wales at this year’s Commonwealth Games in the T12 (athletes with visual impairment) 100m event.
The athlete, originally from Swansea and now living in Cardiff, has been fortunate enough to represent Wales and GB globally. As someone growing up with a disability, he hadn’t thought this was something that could happen to him.
James co-ordinates the National Youth Board, as part of Disability Sport Wales to give young people with a disability in Wales a voice and help shape the future of sport.

Geoff Williams

Geoff Williams, Head of Sport at BBC Cymru/Wales has overseen coverage of major sporting events like The Olympic Games; Commonwealth Games; Rugby World Cup and Euros 2016 for audiences in Wales. He bring to the panel a wealth of broadcasting and sport experience.

Bronnie Griffiths

Student Bronnie, from Aberdare, is a valued member of the Young Ambassador Programme in Wales. The 20-year-old is currently studying Sport Leadership and Development at the University of South Wales. She started the YA journey as a Gold Ambassador at Sixth Form and says being part of the programme has improved her wellbeing.

Sunil Patel

Sunil is the Campaign Manager for Show Racism the Red Card charity and established the Wales office in 2006.  His personal experiences of dealing with racism and his passion for sport, has been the key ingredients that motivates Sunil and his desire to see a level playing field for all.  The charity is the leading anti-racism education charity in Wales. Outside of work, Sunil can be seen at football pitches around Cardiff on a Saturday morning with his two young sons or playing cricket during the Summer.

Sophie Howe

Sophie was appointed as the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in February 2016. Her role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, and to support the public bodies listed in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to work towards achieving the well-being goals. Prior to this role, Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the only woman in a police commissioner leadership role in Wales. Sophie was the youngest Councillor in Wales when she was elected as a County Councillor in Cardiff at the age of 21.
She is currently a member of the Wales Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is Chair of the international Network of Institutions for Future Generations. She lives in Cardiff with her husband Ceri and their five children.

Ashok Ahir

Ashok is the Director of Communications for the UK Government in Wales.
He was the Chair of the organising committee for the 2018 National Eisteddfod and is a member of the Eisteddfod board.  He was previously Executive Editor of Politics at BBC Cymru Wales for many years, before establishing a successful bilingual communications agency.