Local volunteers make final of Wales’ biggest celebration of sport
21 November 2016
Three sports volunteers from Bridgend County Borough have been shortlisted as finalists in the Wales Sport Wards, the country’s biggest annual celebration of elite and grassroots sport.
Sixteen-year-old Megan Curling from Maesteg is in the running for Young Volunteer of the Year, while 24-year-old Jamie Evans from Brackla is a finalist in the Young Coach of the Year category and Emily Griffiths, also 24 and from Brackla, is being recognised in the Coach to Disabled People category.
Megan Curling’s nomination is due to her volunteering role within the Girls Network, where she’s helping to get more young girls into physical activity, and also delivering multi-skills sport sessions to youngsters at her old school, Garth Primary.
Megan’s commitment to grassroots sport doesn’t stop there – she is also a volunteer coach at Maesteg Trampolining Club where she supports young children to take part in physical activity from a young age.
Young Coach contender Jamie Evans is the Head Coach at Pencoed Gymnastics and Tumbling Club and also coaches the Welsh Tumbling team as one of the very few tumbling coaches in Wales with high level qualifications.
After attending Pencoed Tumbling Club from a young age, Jamie took over as Head Coach when the club faced closure in 2012. The club is one of the most successful in Wales, and recently saw four of its members competing in the British Tumbling Finals.
The third local award contender, Emily Griffiths, volunteers as Head Coach for the South Wales Titans, which is a Paralympic swim academy covering Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend County Borough.
Emily, whose day job is Sports Recovery Co-ordinator for Help for Heroes, has had a busy year after being selected to coach Team UK at the Invictus Games and was also appointed Head Coach for the Warrior Games.
Her hard work has also earned her a spot as a Swim Wales coach for the Para-Swimming National Championships.
The Wales Sport Awards is organised jointly by Sport Wales and BBC Wales to celebrate volunteers for their outstanding contributions to community sport throughout Wales, and the winners will be announced at a celebratory awards ceremony in Cardiff on Monday 5 December.
Councillor Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “We’re so proud to have three Bridgend County Borough coaches recognised at these prestigious awards.
“Megan Curling is a great example of how our AYPD leadership pathway is creating young volunteers who are in-turn developing opportunities for other young people within the county borough to be active and healthy.
“These volunteers are inspirational with the work they do and their commitment to helping others.
“I’d like to say a huge well done to Megan, Jamie and Emily for selflessly giving up their time to volunteer and for contributing to grass roots sports opportunities. We wish them all the best for the final of the Wales Sport Awards.”
You can find out more about the awards at www.walessportawards.co.uk