Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales have unveiled a short-list of local heroes of grassroots sport in Wales for 2015.

After searching the length and breadth of Wales, the finalists for Wales Sport Awards 2015 have been picked out by an expert panel of judges.

These are the people often in the background but help ensure that community sport in Wales is thriving.

The finalists will come together on December 7 at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff to recognise the very best of elite and grassroots sport in Wales.

The Wales Sport Awards is a partnership between Sport Wales and BBC Wales to create the country’s biggest annual sporting celebration.

The community coaching and volunteering finalists:

Volunteer of the Year

Ade Howells – Rugby, Neath Port Talbot

Jan Davies – Gymnastics, Wrexham

Wendy Pressdee – Netball, Swansea


Community Coach of the Year


Nikki Upton – Hockey, Caerphilly

Samantha O'Callaghan – Netball, Blaenau Gwent

Angeline Tshiyane – Multi-Sport, Newport


Young Coach of the Year


Jordan Rosser – Golf, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Greg Price – Table Tennis, Blaenau Gwent

Lowri Haf Barker – Netball, Flintshire


Young Volunteer of the Year


Robert Cunnah – Denbighshire, Multi-Sport

Jonathan Williams – Merthyr, Multi-Sport

Elan Mon Gilford – Anglesey, Multi-Sport


Coach to Disabled People of the Year


Caroline Matthews – Cardiff, Wheelchair Basketball

John Wilson – Swansea, Visually Impaired Bowls

Gwilym Lewis – Carmarthenshire, Rugby


Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales commented:

“At a time when sport is being embraced by our nation like never before, these are the individuals who are the very heartbeat of what is being achieved.

“Community sport needs enjoyable experiences and opportunities to inspire more people to take part. These are the coaches and volunteers who are leading the way in getting more people in Wales hooked on sport.

“Choosing the finalists was such a difficult task but reading their stories goes to prove that they deserve their time in the spotlight.”


Head of Sport at BBC Cymru Wales, Geoff Williams said:

“Each finalist has a hugely inspirational story to share. Nurturing the next generation of sporting talent, as well as providing support for those who enjoy sport as part of their daily lives, is key to maintaining Wales’ status as a world class sporting nation.”

“Once again, the Wales Sport Awards is a moment when both elite and grassroots athletes from a wide range of disciplines can come together to celebrate their success.”

For more information visit www.walessportawards.org.uk

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