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PEMBROKESHIRE CRICKET STALWART TO PICK UP LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD

After more than 40 years as a driving force of Welsh cricket, Nick Evans will receive the community lifetime achievement award at Wales Sport Awards 2016. The 76 year-old from Narberth in Pembrokeshire has been credited as a pioneer of community coaching and for the development of the women’s game. He will be recognised for […]

Cwmbran coach Vicki Randall is BBC Wales Sport’s Unsung Hero 2016

A volunteer netball and football coach from Cwmbran, who has encouraged more than 200 girls to play sport every week, has today been named as BBC Wales Sport’s Unsung Hero for 2016. PE teacher Vicki Randall, 29, set up Cwmbran Youth netball club in 2009 with just five girls. It now has 14 teams. Three […]

Young Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Megan Curling

She may only be 16 but Megan Curling is on a mission: to change the lives of girls in Bridgend for the better. A tall order indeed but already this impressive teenager, a Gold Young Ambassador for Bridgend, is making a difference: “In my school, girls have become more confident. We put on activities such […]

Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Delyth Jones

It seems Delyth Jones lives and breathes to be at the pool: “Well, yes. A lot of people do say I live at the place,” she laughs. Her time commitment rivals that of her full-time job in the NHS. She is poolside every day apart from Saturday and when she is actually at home, she […]

Coach to Disabled People of the Year Finalist – Emily Griffiths

She claims swimming is “the most unsociable sport ever” but Emily Griffiths cannot imagine a life where she isn’t coaching poolside. She is the Head Coach of the South Wales Titans – a Paralympic swim academy straddling Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend; cultivating talent from pools in each of the three areas: “Our […]

Young Coach of the Year Finalist – Daniel Johnsey

Daniel Johnsey says he is alive today because of swimming. He was 11 and waiting for a school bus when he was knocked down by a car travelling at speed. He suffered a severe head injury, a broken pelvis and arm while his left foot was almost severed. In a coma for 10 days and […]

Coach to Disabled People of the Year Finalist – Deb Bashford

“I want to use my disability to help others. It’s a key to a door to help people who are struggling.” Debbie Bashford is 46 and lives with a rare spinal condition. Due to an infection in her leg in 2005 which left her fighting for her life, she is also an amputee. Despite the […]

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 […]