RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 referee Nigel Owens was among 12 sporting talents crowned winners at the Carmarthenshire Sports Personality Awards on Friday.
At a glittering ceremony, hosted by Sky 1’s TV hit series Stella’s Julian Lewis-Jones, winners from across the county were honoured for their sporting success at Y Ffrwnes Theatre.
International referee Nigel Owens was named Sports Personality of the Year for his outstanding success during 2015, which included refereeing at the RBS Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup Final.
X Factor star and Cariad charity founder, Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw brought the house down when she opened the event in its 18th year.
During the evening guests were given an insight into Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Perks with a video of the GB winning relay team he coached that won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. Olympic athlete Christian Malcolm also sent a special message that was shown on the big screen.
Over £700 was collected for The Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust in donations from guests.
Other winners included:
Young Sportswoman of the Year – Ella Barnell
Young Sportsman of the Year – Nathan James
Sports Volunteer of the Year – Nick Evans
Young Volunteer of the Year – Rhian Moremon
Community Sport Coach of the Year – Debra Morris-Cavill
High Performance Coach of the Year – Kevin Evans MBE
Disabled Sportsman of the Year – Liam Griffiths
Disabled Sportswoman of the Year – Ffion Edwards
Team of the Year – Penybanc Panthers
Young Team of the Year – Llanelli Rhythmic Gymnastics Espoir Team
Outstanding Services to Sport – Geoffrey Matthews
The awards are organised by Carmarthenshire Council’s sports development and recognise the sporting achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers across Carmarthenshire.
Executive board member for regeneration and leisure, Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “Carmarthenshire has a wealth of sporting talent and Friday night was all about honouring and recognising these inspirational people.”
There were thanks to sponsors Owens Group, WRW, TAD, Jenkins Bakery, Arriva Trains Wales, Castell Howell, Sport Wales and Manhattan Marketing.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.
Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.
More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.
“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.
“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”
Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative
Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
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