Entries by Paul

Hannah Nolan – Inspiring Young Person finalist

Sport can have the power to change people’s life. For Hannah Nolan, volunteering for the Healthy Image Project with Conwy Youth Service gave her a lifeline during a desperate time. “I was not in the right state of mind and I needed anything to get out the house” remembers Hannah, 16. “I was at an […]

Mark James – Community Coach of the Year finalist.

Described as the ‘heartbeat’ of Somerton ABC boxing club, Mark James goes the extra mile when it comes to coaching in his community. “It’s important that kids have something to do in the neighbourhood” he explains. The past 12 months in particular, has seen the club’s membership increase dramatically. This is thanks to Mark giving […]

Eban Geal – Inspiring Young Person finalist 2017.

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 […]

Rebecca Jones-Morris – Volunteer of the Year finalist

Athlete, Coach, Team Manager, Secretary and now Chairperson … Rebecca Morris Jones is a bit of an all-rounder when it comes to her volunteering at Menai Track and Field. “It’s a friendly place to be, so I see it as a social life and hobby, as much as a volunteering role” explains Rebecca. She’s been […]

Sara Cuffin – Community Coach of the Year finalist

With over 480 recreational gymnasts training at Ynys Mon Gymnastics Club, and a waiting list of 60 children, volunteer coach Sara Jane Cuffin certainly has her work cut out. “It is full on” laughs Sara. “But when you make a commitment to these young people, you need to be there for them” she adds. As […]

Rebecca Caddell – Volunteer of the Year finalist

Back in 2012, Rebecca Caddell was asked to help out at Brynamman Rugby Club and set about re-establishing the Junior section. Not content with just the one team – she started up four! “It all snowballed and I ended up doing a bit more and more – and here I am” she laughs. Five years […]

Inspiring Young Person of the Year Finalist – Jodie Coupland

Jodie Coupland is proof that a hard start in life does not have to define you. Brought up in the care system and excluded from many secondary schools, she ended up in a behavioural school at 16. Her headteacher had grave concerns about the path she was heading down. The Dame Kelly Holmes’ ‘Get on […]

Wales Sport Awards 2017 Inspirational Finalists Revealed.

Sport Wales and BBC Wales have today (30 October) announced the final fifteen nominees who will compete for the community awards at this year’s prestigious Wales Sport Awards. The finalists were short-listed from a record number of nominations across five different categories. The five awards celebrate the hard work and impact that Wales’ volunteers, coaches, […]


The search is on for inspiring individuals and organisations involved in sport as nominations open for the Wales Sport Awards 2017. BBC Wales and Sport Wales are today (11 September 2017) looking for the community coaches and volunteers in Wales who are rousing more people to take part in sport and exercise. As well as […]