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‘110 Years Young’: Lifetime achievement award for Wales’s oldest person

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THE OLDEST person in Wales, Gwenllian Davies, has been honoured with a prestigious lifetime achievement award.  Gwenllian Davies, who is 110 years-old and has lived through both world wars, received the top accolade at the Wales Care Awards – the ‘social care Oscars’.

Gwenllian was born on the same date as the first aeroplane flight, October 5th 1905 and has received ten birthday cards from the Queen over the years. Celebrations took place in Awel Tywi Care Home in Fairfach, near Ammanford, where she spent her 110th birthday sharing tea and cake with her friends, family, and care home staff.

Gwenllian was born at Y Plas, Cil-Y-Bebyll, Pontardawe, in the year that Albert Einstein published his papers for his theory of relativity.  Gwenllian lived in Cwmnantllwyd with her parents Owen and Hannah Jones, and with her eight brothers and sisters.

Gwenllian Davies, Wales' Oldest Woman 191015

Gwenllian Davies, Wales’ Oldest Woman 191015

In 1941, at the age of 36, Gwenllian remembers watching in horror as the Luftwaffe brought destruction to Swansea in a three-day blitz.

Gwenllian, a widow who lost her husband Arthur in 1970, does not have children but her farm Lletty Philip was often open house to children from the Pontardawe community and her nephews and nieces, where she received the nickname ‘Aunty Gwennie.’  Gwenllian’s great nephew Gareth, and wife Eleri recall on Saturday mornings in the farm where as many as a dozen children at a time would be on the farm, and many would sleep over for the night.

Eleri explains all the children were hard working – they helped with the milking, herding, and helping with the sheep.  The children would look forward to ‘legendary’ big breakfasts that Gwenllian would cook for them.

Eleri says: “She would have as many as 24 eggs sizzling in the pan and, against all health advice, eat only the white fatty bits of bacon.”

Gwenllian was a remarkably intelligent woman who worked hard throughout her life and never smoked or had anything other than the odd celebratory drink.

Eleri continued: “She is remarkably well read and startled the mobile librarian who, when calling at her home when she was 95, was asked for books by Russian writer Dostoevesky. ‘That was a first for me,’ said the librarian.

“Gwenllian’s main aim in life has been to help and support others. She has always been well known for her kindness.”

Cllr Jane Tremlett, Carmarthenshire County health and social care executive board member, described Gwenlian as “a wide, well read and witty person who had led a fulsome and incredible life spanning an amazing century of great changes.”

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Carmarthen representation at the Coastal Rowing World Championships backs sport to continue thriving in Wales

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Carmarthen’s Zoe Davies, race committee chair for the British Rowing offshore championships and umpire at the upcoming World Championships in Saundersfoot, is
delighted to see the world’s best coming to South Wales – and following her own eventful
introduction to the sport competing at the 2015 World Championships believes
participation will boom thanks to a home major competition.
The World Coastal Rowing Championships 2022, with the likes of two-time Olympic
champion Helen Glover competing, will bring together two exciting formats of rowing across
the two weekends in Pembrokeshire. On the first weekend beginning on 7th October, the top
club coastal rowers from around the world will compete in a course along the Saundersfoot
coastline, followed by the beach sprint rowing the following weekend.
Tipped to be a future Olympic rowing discipline, the beach sprint finals will be an exciting
and fast-paced spectacle where the best of the sport will be celebrated in Wales. Reflecting
on the excitement building as the World Championships near ever closer, Davies is backing
Wales to be the perfect setting.
“Wales already had an established coastal and offshore rowing community – I knew when
British Rowing were bidding to host the World Championships that it was a no-brainer. We
have water on three sides after all!
“Before 2015, and before I competed at the World Coastal Championships in Peru, I was
coxing the really fine boats you see at the Olympics, what people might consider the
classical rowing you’d expect to see. To be honest, I rated myself and when I was asked to
compete in Peru I thought ‘how hard can it be?’ When I got there – I was quite literally out
of my depth, I had no idea where I was.
“I’ve learnt so much being involved in coastal rowing – I have found its great fun, great
technique – and if you’re watching, it’s so easy to engage with. For people like me, who at
one time was almost snobby about it, it’s an eye-opening when you actually watch and
involve yourself in the sport. That’s why the World Championships here in Wales will be
such a big moment, it will no doubt inspire so many new people to get involve in the sport.
“Having done the two previous events at Saundersfoot in preparation for the World
Championships, the coastal rowing scene is just so friendly. Being a local girl myself, the
Welsh are always welcoming!
“What drives this passion in the sport is that people know how much coastal rowing gives
them. The feeling you get out on the water, where you’re not looking at your mobile phone
and you can enjoy the natural setting you’re in, there’s no wonder everyone is so
passionate.”

“From a spectator point of view, I just know everyone will be glued to the action. The racing
is quick, you don’t need to know rowing to enjoy the competition and understand what is
happening. It’s a day at the beach, it’s a completely unique experience because the area is
stunning – Wales is the perfect setting for the world’s best offshore rowing talent.”
With the discipline growing at an exponential rate, as boats are made available across Wales
for grassroots coastal rowing clubs to engage more and more participants, Davies sees a
bright future for the sport – and a new generation inspired by a World Championships
coming to Wales.

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Popular physical activity game Beat the Street gets underway in Llanelli

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BEAT THE STREET is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by rewarding teams with points and prizes the further they walk, cycle and roll.

There are prizes for the teams that travel the furthest with vouchers for books and sports equipment. There is a total points leader board and an average leader board so opportunities for teams of all sizes to win.

Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes will be placed on lampposts around the area for the duration of the six-week game. Primary school pupils will be provided with a player pack containing a map and a card for the child and an accompanying adult. The wider community can pick up a contactless card from a distribution point listed at www.beatthestreet.me/llanelli

Players then travel between the contactless Beat Boxes scoring points with their cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team. Each week is themed with different activities to help participants get the most out of their Beat the Street experience.

Beat the Street Llanelli is provided by Intelligent Health, commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council and is supported by Sport Wales.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure Culture and Tourism Cllr Gareth John, said: “We are delighted to bring this innovative and compelling game to Llanelli and we can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot. The game brings a competitive element to physical activity, but more than that, unites communities, helps people get to know their local area, reduces carbon emissions and improves both physical activity and mental health.”

More information is available at the Llanelli | Beat the Street website and on social media @BTSLlanelli

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Gêm gweithgaredd corfforol boblogaidd Beat the Street wedi cychwyn yn Llanelli

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Mae Beat the Street yn gêm ryngweithiol, rhad ac am ddim sy’n annog pobl o bob oedran i ymgorffori gweithgaredd corfforol yn eu bywydau bob dydd trwy wobrwyo timau â phwyntiau a gwobrau po bellaf y maent yn cerdded, beicio a rholio.

Mae’r timau sy’n teithio bellaf yn cael eu gwobrwyo gyda thalebau ar gyfer llyfrau ac offer chwaraeon. Mae yna fwrdd arweinwyr ar gyfer cyfanswm pwyntiau ac hefyd bwrdd arweinwyr cyfartaledd felly mae cyfleoedd i dimau o bob maint ennill.

Bydd synwyryddion o’r new ‘Beat Boxes’ sy’n bîpio a fflachio yn cael eu gosod ar bolion lampau o amgylch yr ardal am gyfnod y gêm chwe wythnos. Bydd disgyblion ysgol gynradd yn cael pecyn chwaraewr sy’n cynnwys map a cherdyn ar gyfer y plentyn ac oedolyn sy’n dod gyda nhw. Gall y gymuned ehangach godi cerdyn digyswllt o bwynt dosbarthu a restrir yn www.beatthestreet.me/llanelli.

Yna mae chwaraewyr yn teithio rhwng y ‘Beat Boxes’ digyswllt gan sgorio pwyntiau gyda’u cardiau wrth fynd. Po bellaf y bydd chwaraewyr yn teithio, y mwyaf o bwyntiau y byddant yn eu sgorio ar gyfer eu tîm cymunedol neu ysgol. Mae thema bob wythnos gyda gwahanol weithgareddau i helpu cyfranogwyr i gael y gorau o’u profiad Beat the Street.

Mae Beat the Street Llanelli yn cael ei ddarparu gan Intelligent Health, wedi ei gomisiynu gan Gyngor Sir Caerfyrddin ac yn cael ei gefnogi gan Chwaraeon Cymru,.

Dywedodd y Cynghorydd Gareth John, yr Aelod Cabinet dros Adfywio, Hamdden, Diwylliant a Thwristiaeth: “Rydym yn falch iawn o ddod â’r gêm arloesol a chymhellol hon i Lanelli ac rydym yn edrych ymlaen at weld pa mor bell y gall pawb gerdded, rhedeg, beicio a sgwtera. Mae’r gêm yn dod ag elfen gystadleuol i weithgarwch corfforol, ond yn fwy na hynny, mae’n uno cymunedau, yn helpu pobl i ddod i adnabod eu hardal leol, yn lleihau allyriadau carbon ac yn gwella gweithgarwch corfforol ac iechyd meddwl.”

Mae rhagor o wybodaeth ar gael ar wefan Llanelli | Beat the Street ac ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol @BTSLlanelli

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