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North Wales organisation wins prestigious Wales Sport Award

A Gwynedd woman who lost 6 stone when she started climbing, has praised an award-winning charity for the part they played in her dramatic life change.

The Outdoor Partnership has been announced as Organisation of the Year at the Wales Sport Awards 2018. They help thousands of people use outdoor activity to improve their lives – including Gwenllian Dafydd, from Bethesda.

Gwenllian, 30, who started climbing sessions at the Indy Climbing Wales in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey last year explained: “I was at a crossroads in my life.

“I weighed more than I ever had, I was inactive and I felt really down.”

She went from a Size 20-22 to a Size 10 and now climbs, runs and has signed up to a skiing course.

She added: “My climbing instructor never made me feel like I wasn’t good enough or needed to change, but the sessions gave me the tools I needed to help me.”

Gwenllian realised how far she had come when she took part in her first outdoor climb. She recalled: “I sat at the top of the 300ft climb watching the sunset and realised I was living this life thanks to the Outdoor Partnership.

“It is something I would never have done before starting climbing with them.”

The Partnership has been recognised for their work in driving inclusivity in the outdoor sector. Their This Girl’s Adventure programme is just one of the initiatives going from strength to strength.

Tracey Evans CEO explained: “The work of the Partnership inspires local people to engage in outdoor activity for their health, wellbeing and confidence and helps provide new opportunities to change lives for the better.”

In the past year alone, the team has inspired over 16,000 people, by working closely with its 45-member clubs, partners and local employers.

The Organisation of the Year Award helps recognise success in encouraging people in Wales to participate in sport and physical activity.

Sarah Powell, CEO at Sport Wales said: “Yet again, we have a very high 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 Wales Sport Awards will take place at Celtic Manor on Tuesday 4 December.

For more information about the event, please go to www.walessportawards.co.uk or follow #WSA2018

 

Local coach runs away with national Wales Sport Award

Carmarthen coach Aled Jones-Davies has today been named Community Coach of the Year for his dedication to Taf Running and Orienteering Team (TROTs).

The award will be presented at the Wales Sport Awards 2018, celebrating the best of elite and grassroots sport in Wales at Celtic Manor on Tuesday 4 December.
Club member Yvonne Davies has praised the hard work of local ambassador Aled.

She nominated Aled on behalf of the club, for encouraging them and helping them improve their running.

She explained: “He has brought sport into the lives of many through his tireless work. I’m not the fastest runner, but Aled has always motivated me to train and race.”

Yvonne also thanks Aled for helping her daughter Ffion, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, find a passion for running.

She continued: “Ffion has been fully integrated into the junior group and Aled helps her do the activities like all the others, but just adapts some for her.
“She absolutely loves the club and cannot wait for Thursday nights.”

“His decision and hard work setting up the junior sessions and working with local schools shows his passion for the future of the sport.

“He is giving children opportunities otherwise not open to them.”

The Community Coach of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach in getting more people started, enjoying and succeeding within community sport.

Builder Aled has not only used his spare time to grow club membership but also to promote the sport to the wider community.

He re-introduced the Cilycwm fun run two years ago, something he loved taking part in as a child before it stopped.

The now-annual event helps to raise thousands of pounds for Llandovery Community Hospital and other local causes.

On top of all this, he helps marshal at the local Parkrun – including a Christmas Day special event.

Chris Davies, Direction of Parkrun Wales added his recognition for Aled: “It’s wonderful that he has received this accolade which not only recognises his dedication to coaching but also for volunteering his support for Parkrun.

“Without his help, and other volunteers like him, it simply couldn’t flourish as a major influence in a happier and healthier Wales.”

Sarah Powell, CEO at Sport Wales said: “Yet again, we have exceptional 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.”

For more information about the event, please go to www.walessportawards.co.uk or follow #WSA2018

 

 

 

 

 

BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year award has been announced.

Sportspeople from a range of disciplines are included in the shortlist which is reflective of Wales’ success in a number of fields. It includes:

·         Gareth Bale (Football)

·         Elinor Barker (Cycling)

·         Laura Deas (Skeleton bobsleigh)

·         Menna Fitzpatrick (Skiing)

·         Geraint Thomas (Cycling)

·         Mark Williams (Snooker)

Voting opens on the 26th of November and the winner will be announced in a star-studded awards ceremony in the Celtic Manor on Tuesday 4 December.

The stellar list of previous winners of the award includes footballing legend Ryan Giggs, boxer Joe Calzaghe, Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Wales Sport Awards 2017
Celtic Manor Resort
04.12.17
©Steve Pope – Sportingwales

Sarah Powell, Chief Executive of Sport Wales said: “It has been another outstanding year for Welsh sport with some truly remarkable performances on the international stage from individuals and teams and this is reflected in a really strong shortlist. I didn’t envy the panel having to select a final six from the many performances that captured the Welsh public’s imagination over the last 12 months and look forward to finding out who the public crown BBC Cymru Sports Personality of the Year at the awards.

“The Wales Sport Awards is an evening of celebration and a wonderful opportunity to thank those who have inspired and motivated us. Those who have worked tirelessly in their local communities to provide opportunities for people to enjoy sport stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have represented Wales at the highest level.  Together they highlight just what sport brings to people in Wales.”

Wales Sport Awards 2017
Celtic Manor Resort
04.12.17
©Steve Pope – Sportingwales

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Wales, said: “The unveiling of the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year is the highlight of the Wales Sport Awards, and an important opportunity for us to thank the people who have entertained and inspired us throughout the year. This is a rich shortlist and is reflective of an exceptional year of Welsh sport across a number of fields and I look forward to seeing the winner crowned next month.”

Other awards which will be given on the night include:

·         Volunteer of the Year

·         Community Coach of the Year

·         The Inspiring Young Person award

·         The Getting Wales Active award

·         Organisation of the Year award

·         BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero