Applications for support
SportsAid Cymru Wales focuses predominantly on the 12 – 18 year age group (extended for athletes with disabilities) who are not receiving financial support from other official sources.
Applications for support from SportsAid Cymru Wales have to be submitted via – and endorsed by – the governing body of the individual’s sport, according to set criteria developed in partnership with Sport Wales.
This ensures we have the latest information on the athlete’s achievements, together with their Wales or GB rankings and an assessment of potential from experienced coaches.
If you feel you may be eligible for a SportsAid Cymru Wales grant then you should talk to your trainer and the appropriate representative on your sport’s governing body. SportsAid Cymru Wales is not able to consider applications direct from athletes outside this process.
Click on 'Recent Award Recipients' (above left) to see the latest round of grants.
Thank you, SportsAid Cymru Wales!
SACW receives many letters of thanks from young sporting hopefuls (and their parents!) who have made the grade in their chosen sport and have been awarded a grant. Here's a sample:-
Carys Worby - Golf
I am writing to thank Sports Aid Cymru Wales for the funding I received this year which has allowed me to compete in events that I otherwise would not have been able to.
I have represented Wales in many individual and team events, including the Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championships, the Girls British Open Amateur Championships, the European Girls Team Championship and Home Internationals, and have thoroughly enjoyed my year.
My family and I have realised the vast number of opportunities that golf presents and hopefully will continue to offer. These opportunities are not given to many, so any help is gratefully received. I have travelled to many amazing places with my friends and compete at high levels.
This year I won the Welsh Girls Open and had top 10 finishes in the Welsh Ladies Amateur Championships, the English Girls Open Amateur Championships and the English Women's Open Amateur Championships. The season just gone has opened many new doors for me, such as university scholarships in America. The places and people I have met have affirmed with me why I love golf. None of these achievements or opportunities would have been possible without the support from Sports Aid Cymru Wales. (Carys has moved 1,485 places up the world rankings to 699th this year!)
Megan Surman - Tumbling
Megan, from Swansea, recently competed in the 'Spring Series 1' event in Telford - the first of two qualifying events for the British Tumbling Championships. Despite the fact it was her first competition as a senior, Megan came second, with a score of 33.400 for her first run, a spectacular double straight transition to double pike. Currently on a scholarship with Warwick University, she will now compete in the 2018 nationals at Birmingham Arena in September. Megan said "Thank you so much SACW for awarding me a grant - it is most appreciated."
Emily is Bang On Target
Emily Shawyer is a real hot-shot when it comes to the new international sport of Target Sprint, which combines shooting (air rifles) at knock-down targets interspersed with,typically, three laps of a 400 metre course.
At the British Championships in Yate, near Bristol, Emily, aged 16, from Carmel, a pupil at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, took the Youth Women's National title. At the World Championships in Germany earlier in the year, Emily set a new British record in the heats.
Emily is now the Target Sprint top-ranked junior (u-21) in GB. After four ranking races and the British Shooting selection process, Emily has been re-selected for the GB Target Sprint Squad for the coming season!
And that's not all; Emily's main sport is 10m air pistol. She is on the Welsh Target Shooting Federation High Performance Talent Development squad and last year represented GB in the sport's World Cup in Munich.
Emily said "It is such a confidence boost to think that I have the support of SportsAid Cymru Wales when balancing my GCSEs with training and competing in both my shooting disciplines.
"The grant will be a massive help towards my equipment, training and competition costs. A big thank you to all the organisations and individuals that donate to SportsAid Cymru Wales and thank you for the encouragement and recognition that you give to help young sports people."
Lili Bryant - K1 Kayaking
Lili, aged 15, of Llandysul, a pupil at Ysgol Bro Teifi, beat 75 other competitors from all over the world to take Gold in the K1 kayaking in a 2018 Youth Olympics qualifying event in Barcelona (April 2018).
Lili had a tremendous 2017, finishing top of the British J16 Slalom rankings and 11th overall in the UK, competing in Austria, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, finishing her European tour 5th out of 88 competitors.
Lili wrote "I am very grateful for the support that SportsAid Wales has given me - this money will help greatly with my training costs. Please pass on my thanks to Mrs Cobain." (Barbara Cobain has been a fantastic sponsor of young sportspeople through SACW's West Wales Committee).
Medi Harris - Swimming
Medi Harris from Caernarfon Swimming Club is another athlete who epitomises the promising young talent that SportsAid Cymru Wales seeks to support on their path to the podium.
Medi is the u-15 UK No.1 in the 50, 100 & 200 backstroke after taking gold in all three events at the 2017 British Summer Championships in Sheffield. Her storming performance built on her success in the pool at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July.
In a letter to SACW, Medi said “I want to let you know about my swimming achievements since I received your grant. At Easter, in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea, my time in the 100 backstroke qualified me for the Welsh team for the CYG in the Bahamas, where I came 4th in the 100 backstroke, then got a silver medal in the 50 and a bronze in the 200. My time for the 50 was a British record for 14-year-olds, my 100 was a Welsh Junior record and my 200 was a joint record holder (Welsh Juniors).” What a prospect! Here's Medi (centre) in action in the CYG...
Catrin Williams – Sailing
“I am writing to inform you that I competed in the Royal Yachting Association Welsh Youth and Junior Championships at Pwllheli last weekend (April 2017) and I am delighted to report I won the 6.8 fleet category. I won female and overall, so that makes me the Welsh 6.8 Champion of 2017!
“Thank you for your support, this has helped me as a sailor and my family with the costs of training, travelling and event fees. I hope to meet the SportsAid team soon!” Catrin Williams
Update: Catrin was selected to represent Great Britain (Female, u-15) in the World Championships in Salou, Spain in October, 2017, following the European championships in Lorient, France, where she took part in 12 races over six days. More than 300 competitors paraded behind their country flags through Lorient Docks in an opening ceremony and the mass start to races - where more than 50 competitors launched onto the water within the first minute – she described as ‘amazing!’ In ‘windy & wavy’ conditions her highest place was a very impressive 15th. Go, Catrin!
Kyle Booth – Swimming
Many congratulations to rising star 16-year-old Kyle Booth, a City of Cardiff club member, who gets better and better in the pool.
Kyle competed at the British Nationals in Sheffield 2018 where he came second in the final of the 200 Breaststroke, a great result considering that he was still 16, competing in the 17/ 18 age group.
Kyle's time of 2:16.53 means that he has now qualified for the Welsh National Elite development squad. This is a fantastic opportunity and will mean Kyle gets to train and attend regular workshops with Swim Wales at Swansea's national pool and it also means he will be competing with the Welsh squad in Marseille and Rome in 2019.
In January 2018 , Kyle swam with the Welsh squad in a competition in Luxembourg, where he competed against Commonwealth , European and world senior swimmers – great experience. In February/March Kyle competed at the British Championships in Edinburgh, where he Pb'd in 50 Breast, 100 Breast and 200 Breast.
Proud mum Cath Booth wrote to SACW: “Kyle was absolutely delighted to have received your letter and grant and would like to say thank you very much to SportsAid Cymru Wales. This will really help him a great deal. Kyle is also delighted that he is now able to access the National Sports Centre in Sophia Gardens as well. Thank you again for your support.”