Elite Stars Sign-Up to Support Gemau Cymru
Picture: (left to right) Badminton player Carissa Turner, Efa Gruffudd Jones - Chief Executive Urdd Gobaith Cymru, and Sue Maughan – Sport Wales.
Recent World Judo Masters medallist Natalie Powell is one of a host of names to sign-up as Gemau Cymru ambassadors just weeks before the national multi-sport competition is held in Cardiff.
Athlete Dewi Griffiths and gymnasts Laura Halford and Angel Romaeo are among the other names who will help promote the nine sport event in July.
Taking place between 3-5 July, Gemau Cymru is Wales’ biggest multi-sport event for young people, providing hundreds with the opportunity to compete at a national level in front of large supporting crowds. The 2015 programme boasts:
· Athletics – Cardiff International Sports Stadium
· Badminton – USW Sport Park
· Gymnastics – Sport Wales National Centre
· Judo – Sport wales National Centre
· Table Tennis – Sport wales National Centre
· Netball – Talybont Campus, Cardiff University
· Indoor Rowing – Sport Wales National Centre
· Triathlon – Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar
· Rugby, USW Sport Park
The bilingual event is organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru together with the Welsh Government and Sport Wales.
Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive Urdd Gobaith Cymru commented:
“We are delighted that so many of our top athletes have agreed to become Gemau Cymru ambassadors – they will inspire the next generation of young athletes. We are proud to be able to offer this multi-sport event and we would like to thank the Welsh Government and Sport Wales, as well as the sponsors Integro Doodson and HSBC, for the their support.”
Often seen as a predecessor to large international events, it is highly anticipated that many of the next generation of Welsh elite stars will be on show across the two days of competition.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said:
“I am thrilled that Gemau Cymru 2015 will again provide our talented young athletes with the opportunity to showcase their abilities at a high profile, Olympic style multi sport event. This is an invaluable experience for our athletics stars of the future.”
Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell said:
“What is really exciting is that our future Welsh talent can experience a multi-sport environment at a young age. Our current elite athletes realise what important experience that can be and why they have been so keen to give their support to Gemau Cymru.”
Originally developed to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012, Gemau Cymru gives young Welsh talent experience of a multi-sport environment at a young age.
For more information visit www.gemaucymru.urdd.cymru/cy/