Welsh swimming legend David Davies will help select the very best of elite and grassroots sport for 2013 as part of the new Wales Sport Awards judging panel.
Davies will be joined by Sport Wales chair Professor Laura McAllister, Head of Sport for BBC Cymru Wales Geoff Williams and renowned sport journalist Carolyn Hitt.
Bev Smith, a director at sports coach UK, Jon Morgan, executive director of Disability Sport Wales (DSW) and young ambassador Beth Nesham complete the panel.
BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales recently launched the Wales Sport Awards as a new event to showcase the very best of elite and grassroots sport in Wales.
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 awards include a range of categories for the public to nominate their favourite community and elite sporting heroes. The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year and Coach of the Year are among the prestigious prizes that will form part of the Wales Sport Awards.
The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year prize will continue to be decided by a public vote from up to ten finalists chosen by a panel of sport experts.
To nominate in one of the categories visit www.walessportawards.org.uk
The Wales Sport Awards judging panel:
David Davies is one of Wales’ most successful Olympians and a legend of British distance swimming.
He has won two Olympic medals – bronze in the 1500m at Athens 2004 and open water marathon silver in Beijing four years later.
A multiple world medallist he also won 1500m Gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Carolyn is an award winning journalist and broadcaster and one of the country’s most popular newspaper and magazine columnists.
An avid rugby fan, she was the first woman to win Welsh Sports Journalist of the Year and went on to win the award for the whole of the UK with a portfolio described as “outstanding” by the judges.
Laura McAllister is Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management.
A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, as well as being Chair of Sport Wales, she is a Board Member of UK Sport, the Government’s agency for Olympic and Paralympic sport, and the Welsh Football Trust.
Geoff Williams has been Head of Sport, BBC Cymru Wales for five years. Educated at Haverfordwest Grammar School, Geoff’s roles have included Senior Producer on Wales Today, Editor of Meet for Lunch, Editor of Radio Wales News and Managing Editor of Sport.
Bev Smith is a Principal Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator in the School of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Bev is a former international gymnast, national coach and international judge. She is currently a Director of sports coach UK, Chair of the UK Coaching Committee and Chair of the Coaching Standards Group.
Beth Nesham is a Year 12 pupil at Whitchurch High School, a gold Young Ambassador for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and also part of the Welsh YA steering group committee.
She currently plays netball for Cardiff central, her county and the local high performance hub.
Jon Morgan - Disability Sport Wales
Jon Morgan is Executive Director at Disability Sport and has overseen one of the major Welsh sporting success stories in grassroots and elite achievement.
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Unsung Hero awards will have separate panels.
More details on the categories, how to nominate and vote are available at walessportawards.co.uk