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Inspirational Jodie in the running for a Wales Sports Award

16 November 2017

A teenager from Cefn Glas has been shortlisted in the ‘Inspiring Young Person of the Year’ category at the prestigious Wales Sports Awards.

Nineteen-year-old Jodie Coupland is the running for an award after flourishing through her involvement in Wales’ first ever ‘Get on Track’ programme, run by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and supported locally by Bridgend County Borough Council, with additional funding provided by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Jodie is one of three shortlisted nominees in her category and will be attending the glittering awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort on Monday 4 December.

She said: “I can’t believe it. I’m absolutely amazed. I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received and I’m really looking forward to the awards evening and the chance to meet some massive sports stars.”

Jodie took part in the ‘Get on Track’ programme last year, joining a group of other local participants aged 16 to 24. From their base at the Bridgend Life Centre, the group were exposed to a range of new experiences, became involved in voluntary work, and were taught interview techniques and how to write up CVs.

‘Get on Track’ uses elite athletes as role models to inspire them to make more positive life choices, and Jodie was mentored by Wales women’s rugby international Philippa Tuttiett.

Jodie came out of ‘Get on Track’ a much more focused person and, in addition to gaining a part-time job, she has since volunteered her time to promote and deliver the same programme in other parts of South Wales.

Jodie added: “Get on Track changed my life in so many ways and I could never thank Philippa, the rest of Dame Kelly Trust's team, and Bridgend County Borough Council enough for all the help they’ve given me.”

Councillor Huw David, the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council said: “We were very proud to be the first local authority to host the Get on Track programme in Wales last year, helping young people from a range of backgrounds.

“Within eight months of our first Get on Track programme, 72 per cent of the young people were in employment, education or training.

“There are many success stories from the programme and we are absolutely thrilled that Jodie is getting this recognition. Everything has come full circle for her – after she benefited so much from mentorship she has now become a role model herself and is an inspiration to those who meet and work with her. Well done Jodie and good luck at the Wales Sports Awards.”

The Wales Sports Awards are organised by Sport Wales and BBC Wales to celebrate not only elite performances but also the impact that volunteers, coaches, and organisations are having on community sport in Wales.

Lawrence Conway, Chair of Sport Wales commented: “Every year our expert panel of judges face the difficult task of selecting their finalists, and the calibre of this year’s candidates made it just as challenging. We have an inspiring mix of projects and people from a range of backgrounds dedicated to delivering sport and recreational activity in the community.

“The finalists showcase the diversity of sport and what the people of Wales are getting excited and motivated to participate in. We look forward to celebrating their work in December.”

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