Shortlist announced for Carmarthenshire Sports Personality Awards

A host of Carmarthenshire’s top sporting talents have been shortlisted for this year’s Carmarthenshire Sports Personality Awards.
Thirty seven of the county’s best are up for 12 awards to be announced at a gala evening on January 29 at The Stradey Park Hotel.
In its 16th year the event recognises the sporting achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers across Carmarthenshire.
The awards are organised by Carmarthenshire Council's sports development unit in partnership with the Carmarthenshire Local Sports Council.
Executive board member for regeneration and leisure, Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “The quality of entries received this year reflects the wealth of sporting talent we have here in Carmarthenshire. The judging panel had a difficult task in selecting finalists as the standard of entries received this year has been exceptional. It’s important we recognise and reward those athletes, coaches and volunteers who achieve and who contribute to the continued success of sport in the county.”
As well as the sports personality of the year, the categories include young sportsman and sportswoman, disabled sportsman and sportswoman, sports coach, sports volunteer, young volunteer, team of the year, young team of the year, community sport coach, high performance coach and the Ryan Jones Memorial Award for outstanding services to sport.
This year’s full house welcomes media partners SWWMedia Ltd and main sponsor Owens Logistics.
Other sponsors include TAD Builders, IWEC, Parker Plant, TJ Electrics, Sport Wales, Active Young People Carmarthenshire, Discover Carmarthenshire.com, Manhattan Marketing and Dyfed Menswear.
The team will also be tweeting live on the night and announcing winners as they unfold.
Carmarthenshire Council sports development officer Hilary Jones said: "Carmarthenshire has an excellent reputation in Welsh sporting circles. The awards give local people the opportunity to honour sporting stars and unsung heroes who keep their clubs on the go and it is important that we recognise and honour the achievement of performers and volunteers.
The award ceremony promises to be a fantastic occasion once again."
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Shortlisted candidates:
The list of finalists in the 12 categories include Young Sportswoman of the Year: Sioned Jones (Hockey); Hana Davies (Gymnastics); Nikara Jenkins (Rhythmic Gymnastics).
Young Sportsman of the Year: Scott Davies (Cycling); Iestyn Cole (Swimming); Shaun Pearce (Athletics); Joe Holt (Cycling). Sports Volunteer of the Year: Colette James (Gymnastics); Graham Callen (Hockey); Noelwyn Daniel (Triathlon). Young Volunteer of the Year: Tori Jones (Gymnastics); Nia Jones (Hockey); Nathan Jones (Athletics). Community Sport Coach of the Year: Carole Jones (Athletics); Mike Davies (Golf); Hywel Thomas (Rugby); Dorian Phillips (Tug of War); Debra Cavill (Gymnastics). High Performance Coach of the Year: Austyn Shortman (Swimming); Wendy Lewis (Netball); Delyth Brown (Athletics). Disabled Sportsman of the Year: Michael Beynon (Athletics); John Hayes (Athletics); Eric Horridge (Rugby); Kyle Kennedy (Football). Disabled Sportswoman of the Year: Elizabeth Allen (Skiing); Nia Knight (Paracycling); Llinos Gilmore Jones (Athletics). Young Team of the Year: Carmarthen Harriers Under 15s Team (Cross Country); Coleg Sir Gar Women’s Rugby Team (Rugby); Ysgol y Strade Yr 11 Boys Rugby Team (Rugby). Team of the Year: Llanboidy Tug of War Team; Llanelli Surf Lifesaving – Senior Boys Pairs; Llandovery RFC 1st XV. Outstanding Services to Sport: Stephen Walker (Athletics); Alan Campden (Football); Lewis Jones (Rygby). Sports Personality of the Year: Scott Davies (Cycling); Jonathan Davies (Rugby); Dewi Griffiths (Athletics).

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