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Commonwealth Youth Games - Bahamas 2017

Eight SportsAid Cymru Wales-suppported athletes were among the 39-strong Wales team (pictured above) who took part in the Commonwealth Youth Games  in the Bahamas in July 2017.

 

Sixty-four nations from around the globe sent teams, with all competitors aged 16 or 17, to the Thomas A Robinson Stadium complex in Nassau for an unforgettable competition which saw the SACW contingent proudly bringing home seven medals.

 

James Tomlinson and Sarah Omoregie won Silvers in the discus and shot respectively; in the pool Lewis Fraser took Gold and Bronze in the 100m & 50m fly with Medi Harris (more under Athletes & Awards) securing Silver and Bronze in the 50m & 200m backstroke. Morgan Cross won a Bronze in the tennis mixed doubles.

 

Completing the SACW line-up were Hannah Sloan, Rebecca Sutton and Megan Allison in swimming.

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SportsAid Cymru Wales

New President

Kim Howells

 

SportsAid Cymru Wales is delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Kim Howells, one of Britain's best-known political figures, has been appointed President of the charity, taking over from Lord Kinnock, who has stood down after six years in the post. 

 

Click on 'Who's Who' under the About Us tab.

Rio Olympic Stars Turn Out for SportsAid!

SportsAid Cymru Wales Director Ron Jones (left) with Jazz Carlin, SACW Vice-President Ian Waters, Becky James, Park Plaza Hotel Manager Margaret Waters and Richard Gealy, Secretary of SACW's West Wales Committee

 

Wales swimming star Jazz Carlin and track cycling sensation Becky James - both double Silver Medallists at Rio - were the chief guests at SportsAid Cymru Wales' Spring sports/celebrity lunch at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff.

 

The Rio heroes were interviewed by award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster Carolyn Hitt in front of a sell-out 120 guests after former Wales scrum-half Brynmor Williams had entertained with his take on the Wales v England rugby international at the Principality Stadium the next day. Brian Davies, Elite Performance Manager at Sport Wales, also spoke movingly about the sheer grit and commitment of some of the Welsh Paralympians at Rio.

 

A highlight of the afternoon was the handover of a cheque to complete a whopping £19,000 round of fund-raising by Richard Gealy, Secretary, on behalf of SACW's West Wales Committee - the proceeds of an incredible effort by the hard-working Carmarthen-based group.

 

Brynmor, whose son Lloyd is one of Wales' pool of talented scrum-halves, wasn't the only proud rugby dad in the room; also present was Delme Owens, long-standing supporter of SACW, whose son Ken was about to go head-to-head with England captain and hooker Dylan Hartley the next day! (Unfortunately, Becky's boyfriend, George North, couldn't shake off his injury in time to take the field).

 

SACW Director Ron Jones - himself a double Olympian - said "We are so grateful to Welsh sporting stars who give up their time to help us help the next generation who, we hope, will go on to make Wales proud."

 

Footnote: Becky James' younger sister, Megan, aged 17, also a SACW grant recipient, pulled off a spectacular win for GB in the Junior Women's section of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at Fort William, Scotland in June 2017 - the biggest race of her career so far! 

Megan sent a message to SACW: "Thank you very much for your support this year - it will help me very much to achieve my goals in 2017 and beyond. I can't thank you enough." We think you just did, Megan!

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SportsAid Cymru Wales - investing

in our sporting future

 

SportsAid Cymru Wales is a unique charity dedicated to helping talented young sportspeople in Wales achieve success by easing some of the financial barriers which can crush their dreams.

 

Since its formation, SportsAid Cymru Wales has distributed more than £1.3 million in grants to qualifying athletes in the early stages of their careers in almost 30 different sports.

 

Most grant recipients say it is not just the financial support that gives them a boost: They say the recognition and encouragement represented by a SportsAid Cymru Wales grant helps fire their commitment to perform to the best of their abilities.

 

Many top sportspeople who have brought pride to Wales on a world stage, including hurdler Colin Jackson, cyclists Nicole Cooke, Geraint Thomas and Eli Barker, sprinter Jamie Baulch, paralympian David Roberts MBE, sailor Hannah Mills and taekwando champion Jade Jones, were helped by SportsAid when they were relatively unknown to the public. All are keen supporters of the charity.

 

If you can help us to help our potential stars of the future – we’d be delighted to hear from you! Click on the Contact Us tab above.

                                        

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West Wales SportsAid team recognises rising talent!

 

Nearly 200 people packed the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel in Carmarthen for another sell-out SportsAid Cymru Wales fund-raising lunch which included recognition for three local teenagers who are making a name for themselves in the highly competitive world of international sport.

 

Jessica Powell

 

Jessica Powell, aged 19, of Llandovery, is the GB No.1 at U-21 in rifle shooting (prone).

 

At the 2017 BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) event in Sheffield, Jess was the only shooter of the day to score the max 100.

 

Jessica received the Keth Cobain Award from SACW supporter Barbara Cobain in memory of her late, sports-mad husband.

 

Lucy Thomas

 

Despite being just 14, Lucy Thomas of Burry Port is ranked GB No.2 in the U-21 category for air pistol shooting - a remarkable achievement.

 

At the 2017 British Championships in Bisley, Lucy was fourth in the 10m junior women's air pistol.

 

Here's Lucy receiving her West Wales SACW Award from committee Chairman David Butler.  

 

 

Joshua Thomas

 

If it's an all-rounder you are looking for, then Joshua Thomas of Carmarthen, is your man. He's the Scarlets U-16 scrum-half who is also in the Wales cricket squad for his age group. Oh, he also leads his age group in Wales in the javelin! Joshua was presented with his award by David Butler.

 

Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the Nigel Harrison-Rees Memorial Award - named after the former chairman of the SACW West Wales Committee - to local businessman Delme Owens, for his outstanding contribution to sport generally, but particularly in West Wales. Delme's son, Ken, the Wales hooker who was out in New Zealand with the Lions, sent his congratulations.

 

Guests at the lunch, which is expected to boost the charity's funds by up to £7,000, included former Wales full-back Lee Byrne, who took part in a Q&A session with actor and SACW supporter Julian Lewis-Jones (pictured above right, with Delme), former Wales centre Roy Bergiers and Luke Lewis, captain of cup-winners Llandovery RFC (whose brother, James 'Flex' Lewis, is five-time winner of the one of the world's leading body-building competitions, Mr Olympia!)

 

Secretary of the West Wales committee, Richard Gealy, said "We are delighted all our supporters enjoyed another great event. Our thanks go to all contributors, including Ivy Bush owners Paul & Anne Jaycock and their staff Alison and Jo, who looked after a packed house very well!" The next lunch is in the diary for Friday 27 October 2017.