Sixteen heroes of grassroots sport in Wales have been selected to contest the Wales Sport Awards 2016.

They were shortlisted after being nominated for their outstanding contributions to community sport, following a nationwide search.


The winners will be revealed at the Wales Sport Awards ceremony at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay on Monday 5 December 2016, organised jointly by BBC Wales and Sport Wales.


The five community awards celebrate the essential and often unseen work of volunteers and coaches who keep sport thriving in every corner of Wales.


The finalists for 2016 are:


Volunteer of the Year

Delyth Jones – Swimming/Denbighshire

Chris Landon – Cycling/Cardiff

Debra Cavill – Gymnastics/Carmarthenshire


Young Volunteer of the Year

Megan Curling – Gymnastics/Bridgend

Joseph Jones – Multi-Sport/Conwy

Gwenan Williams – Multi-Sport/Anglesey


Community Coach of the Year

Matthew Lamb – Football/Pembrokeshire

Roddie Milne – Taekwondo/Denbighshire

Paul Crapper – Cycling/Monmouthshire


Young Coach of the Year

Ieuan Davies – Hockey/Cardiff

Jamie Evans – Gymnastics/Bridgend

Daniel Johnsey – Swimming/Monmouthshire


Coach to Disabled People

Bob Perry and Richard Plenty – Squash/Cardiff

Emily Griffiths – Swimming/Vale of Glamorgan

Deb Bashford – Wheelchair Basketball/Gwynedd


Dr Paul Thomas, Chair of Sport Wales commented:


“The importance of these volunteers and coaches can’t be overestimated. They are the heartbeat of sport in Wales and they deserve our thanks and recognition for the work do in getting people hooked on sport.


“It is such a hard task picking out finalists and winners for the Awards but their stories will be an inspiration and motivation for others.”


Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Wales, added:


“It’s great that these coaches are getting the recognition they clearly deserve. It’s fitting that they will share the spotlight with the stars of Welsh elite sport who wouldn’t have made it to the top without the  unseen efforts of volunteers and coaches, day in day out. I am sure it is going to be a fantastic night.”


For more information visit walessportawards.org.uk

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