Entries by Paul

YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR FINALIST – JONATHAN WILLIAMS

In 2014 Jonathan Williams attended the Wales Sport Awards as a volunteer, welcoming guests to the ceremony. Fast-forward 12 months and Jonathan is now himself a finalist! His nomination comes in response to his huge contribution to the disability sport programme in Merthyr as well as the Young Ambassador role he plays across Wales. Currently […]

COACH OF THE YEAR TO DISABLED PEOPLE FINALIST – JOHN WILSON

John Wilson certainly hasn’t signed up for a quiet retirement. Since stepping down as Senior Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales, he seems to have thrown himself into a full time voluntary job as a bowls coach to the visually impaired. He first began playing bowls in the late 1980s and was hooked on […]

COACH TO DISABLED PEOPLE OF THE YEAR FINALIST – CAROLINE MATTHEWS

“Basketball must be in my blood. I’ve played it on my feet, then on my wheels. I’ve been a player and now I coach,” says Caroline Matthews, a 42-year old wheelchair basketball coach from Sully. And a successful coach at that. In 2015, she led the Cardiff Celts to become the British National League’s division […]

COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST – ANGELINE TSHIYANE

“All of us want to feel significant like we’re somebody. If I can make someone feel like that, that’s the biggest achievement.” Meet Angeline. Or Angie, as she is better known – a 52-year-old miracle worker from Bettws in Newport. And while she is likely to brush off the lofty title, she is certainly nothing […]

COACH TO DISABLED PEOPLE FINALIST – GWILYM LEWIS

Gwilym Lewis is coach of Llanelli Warriors RFC. But this isn’t just any ordinary rugby club. Tucked away in Burry Port you’ll discover a rugby club of mixed abilities that’s inspiring and serving as a blueprint for similar set ups across Europe. What’s different about this team is that it actively looks to involve players […]

COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST – SAMANTHA O’CALLAGHAN

When the coach at her daughters’ netball club was forced to step down, Samantha and another parent decided to lend a hand on a temporary basis. That was eight years ago. Now, with a number of coaching courses under her belt – she is still at the helm. And the club is certainly going places. […]