Entries by Paul

Community Coach of the Year Finalist – Roddie Milne

“Teaching Taekwondo is how I want to be remembered,” says Roddie Milne who says he would be lost without Llangollen Taekwondo Club: “I’ve invested so much time and effort into the club. It would be like losing my life savings.” The 43-year-old father of four set up the club in January 2015 and it has […]

BBC Wales Sports Personality Of The Year shortlist for 2016 announced

After one of the greatest years in Welsh sporting history, the eight contenders for the prestigious BBC Wales Sports Personality Of The Year 2016 award have been revealed today. The contenders are: Paralympic javelin gold medallist Hollie Arnold, who enjoyed an unbeaten season in 2016 Wales international and Real Madrid Champions League winning footballer Gareth […]

Young Coach of the Year Finalist – Jamie Evans

Pencoed Gymnastic Tumbling Club was on the very verge of closing – until, that is, a young coach stepped into the saddle as Head Coach. Jamie Evans was just 19 and now, five years later, he already has big ambitions for the future. The effervescent 24-year-old says: “My coach was retiring after 20 years so […]

Young Coach of the Year Finalist – Ieuan Davies

“I want to make sure that young people have the chances that I never had as a child.” That’s Ieuan Davies who coaches the Wales under 18 boys hockey squad, the South Central 360 programme for developing players and Cardiff & Met Hockey Club’s second team and junior programme. A tough ask for anyone, never […]

Young Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Joseph Jones

“It feels weird to pick up awards for doing something I love,” says the very humble Joseph Jones in response to the news he has been shortlisted for the Wales Sports Awards 2016. Yet the recognition is well deserved. Already this year, Joe has picked up the Millennium 50 award which rewards 50 hours of […]

Young Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Gwenan Williams

For Gwenan Williams, helping to inspire more children to take part in sport is something that runs in the blood: “My Mum is a PE teacher in Anglesey. I used to see her having so much fun. She has really inspired me.” Gwenan, 18, has clearly got the same genes. She is now in her […]

Community Coach of the Year Finalist – Paul Crapper

“I don’t just like cycling. I have an obsession.” Paul Crapper is a father of five and runs a window cleaning business. Yet he still manages to coach cycling for Abergavenny Road Club eight hours a week. “To the detriment of my wife,” he laughs. “She is amazing. I wouldn’t be able to do half […]

Community Coach of the Year Finalist – Mathew Lamb

Mathew Lamb – or Minty as he’s known on the pitch – has a fond memory of a sporty childhood: “I look back and I remember lots of people who invested so much time and effort to put things on for the kids. They were enjoyable times. I guess that’s where my passion for volunteering […]

Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Debra Cavill

She is famous for secret washing powder and often gets tearful when compering gymnastics events. Debra Cavill, a bundle of endless energy, lives and breathes Llanelli Gymnastics Club: “If I was a stick of rock, it would have Llanelli Gymnastics Club running right through it!” laughs the 51-year-old. “I just love to see the children […]

Coach to Disabled People of the Year Finalists – Bob Perry and Richard Plenty

It was a lightbulb moment for Richard Plenty. His daughter, Laura, has cerebral palsy and, four years ago, she asked to come along to Rhiwbina squash club where her father coached: “Yes, it suddenly struck me – why on earth don’t we provide for people with disabilities?” The journey since then for Richard and his […]