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Wanted! Your votes for Swansea's leading sports people and teams

Nominations are open for the Swansea Sports Awards in association with Freedom Leisure.


Swansea Council's sport and health team are behind the annual awards, which have recognised local sporting achievements for the past 16 years.

A number of categories form part of the awards, including community coach of the year, sportsperson of the year with a disability, volunteer of the year, senior club or team of the year and inspiring young person of the year.

This year the event will include two new categories - school team of the year for primary and secondary school sport and the new getting Swansea active award, open to all (individuals, groups, clubs, schools, organisations, events, programmes or projects) that have inspired more people to participate in physical activity.

Awards organisers are encouraging anyone to nominate for this category. Examples could include reaching out to diverse communities or under-represented groups, evidence of getting new participants engaged in physical activity, new or innovative ideas to break down barriers to participation or encouraging others to promote physical activity.

You have until Monday, December 31, to visit and get your nominations in to recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by our local and high-profile sportspeople this year.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "Sport is a big part of Swansea whether it's children playing rugby or football at the weekend, people taking a run along the beautiful Swansea Bay, fans watching the Swans or Ospreys or volunteers tirelessly giving up their time for free to coach youngsters. All of this takes dedication, commitment and endless hours of hard work.

"The awards judging panel is keen to see more nominations for the school team of the year category, the sportsperson who has achieved the most in their sport and for people competing and volunteering at community level.

"Nominations may be for the volunteer or the coach who puts in hour after hour behind the scenes - or the team that has been the most successful through the year. The awards aim to ensure that local, community sport gets the recognition it truly deserves."

Jeremy Rowe, regional director of Freedom Leisure, said: "As a new sport and leisure organisation in Swansea, operating the council's fantastic leisure facilities on their behalf, we are delighted to be associated with these awards.

"As a not-for-profit leisure trust we are determined to provide the best sport and health opportunities for the residents of Swansea and look forward to being part of this great award scheme."

Winners for 2017 included Dewi Griffiths, who as sports person of the year. A Swansea Harrier, he ended his season as the UK number one for the 10k and the marathon. He is Wales' second fastest marathon runner of all time. Hayley Baker was performance coach of the year, Kimberley Mpukusa was inspiring young person of the year and Alan Petherbridge took the lifetime contribution to sport award.

The Swansea Sports Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Brangwyn Hall. 

Photo Dewi Griffiths, current Swansea Sports Awards sports person of the year.


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