BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales today (Thursday, October 24) announced finalists in six of the eleven categories at the Wales Sport Awards, the new awards ceremony to recognise the very best of elite and grassroots sport in Wales.
The finalists in six of the Wales Sport Awards categories are:
Young Coach of the Year
Ellie Glastonbury – Cheerleading, Dance and Gymnastics, Cardiff (Central Explosion Cheer Academy)
Sian Lewis – Gymnastics, Neath (Neath-Afan Gymnastics Club)
Kelly Mayhew – Sailing, Pembrokeshire (Neyland Yacht Club)
Community Coach of the Year
Samar Wafa – Zumba, Cardiff
Ed Thompson – Athletics (Pole Vault), Carmarthenshire
Nicola Lewis – Gymnastics, Neath (Neath-Afan Gymnastics Club)
Young Volunteer of the Year
Nazrul Islam – Multi-Sport, Newport
Kat Lovett – Football, Caerphilly (Treowen Stars)
Nathan Jones – Athletics, Carmarthenshire (Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club)
Volunteer of the Year
Elizabeth Slater – Cycling, Powys
Chris Terry – Rowing, Swansea (Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club)
Nicky Morris – Football, Powys (Newtown Whitestars Junior Football Club)
Coach to Disabled People of the Year
Lee Coulson – Wheelchair Basketball, Ceredigion (West Coast Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club)
Keith Rollinson – Sailing, Powys (Clywedog Sailing Club)
Jean Jones – Gymnastics, Powys (Maldwyn Dragons Gymnastics Club and National)
Coach of the Year
Melissa Hyndman - Netball
Warren Gatland – Rugby Union
Darren Tudor - Cycling
Picture: The Wales Sport Awards Judging Panel (left to right) Geoff Williams – Head of Sport BBC Cymru Wales, Carolyn Hitt – Sports Journalist and Broadcaster, Jon Morgan – Executive Director Disability Sport Wales, Jonathan Roberts – Sport Wales, Bev Smith - Principal Lecturer Cardiff Metropolitan University, David Davies – Olympic Medal Winning Swimmer, Professor Laura McAllister – Chair Sport Wales, Vicky Sutton – Welsh Sports Association, Beth Nesham – Young Ambassador.
Head of Sport at BBC Cymru Wales, Geoff Williams said:
“We are one step closer to the Awards in December and on the strength of the nominees we've seen so far it will certainly be a night to remember. By bringing together the Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales Awards we have created a unique opportunity to see excellence in Welsh Sport recognised at one prestigious ceremony.
“Congratulations to all the nominees, it was a tough field and all those reaching the final should feel very proud.”
Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales added:
“Picking out these finalists is such a fantastic job, but so difficult at the same time. Some outstanding individuals didn’t make the top three, but we really have found the cream of the crop.
“This is an outstanding group of people who are a credit to their fellow coaches and volunteers. Every year I am humbled by the dedication of these women and men to sport in Wales and I’m looking forward to hearing more about their inspirational work.”
The two organisations have joined forces for the new event to be held on Monday, December 9, at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff, which will combine the expertise of both organisations to create the country’s biggest annual sporting celebration.
The remaining categories for the 2013 Wales Sport Awards are:
• Team of the Year (panel decision)
• Lifetime achievement (panel decision)
• Carwyn James Young Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (panel decision)
• BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year (public vote from panel shortlist)
The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Unsung Hero (public nomination with panel decision on winner) award will also be recognised at the event.
For more information visit www.walessportawards.org.uk