Meet our Young Ambassadors

 Volunteers' Week YA of the Month 2016

 

Name: Keira Davies

School/College: NPTC Group

HomeTown:Neath   Keira Davies                                                                                               

Young Ambassador level: GOLD

I have been a YA since: July 2015

 

 

 What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

 My favourite moment, it's between two. The first is seeing over 900 children laughing and enjoying themselves during our Rugby World Cup event, where I was assisting in coordinating the groups and organising groups of student to run activities. The second highlight would have to be meeting Alan Shearer in Close House golf club in Newcastle after being selected to be one of the Welsh YA representatives.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

My main role is being project manager within the college. I am the point of contact for others as well as the rest of the YA's. our ongoing project is trying to increase participation throughout the college on all campuses. To do this, we are holding taster sessions of different activities for departments, depending on what they have asked for. Other than this, I regular help out with running events alongside the PASS whether it be within college or out in the local area. I have trained new bronze ambassadors in primary schools, and also taking part in courses myself, such as AYP, street games and umpiring. I have been an active member of the West and Mid Wales Steering group this year where we organised the first ever celebration day for our area as a catch up after the Gold Conference in Cardiff. I regular coach netball where I run Pontardawe 13's,15's and 17's, and on a Friday night I help to run the local league which has become a massive success this year. I have sat on the local community chest panel where I can get an insight into where our local authority's money goes when it comes to running sports clubs. I have helped out in events such as the Rugby World Cup in October where ran multiple activities for over 900 children, a similar event for Rio Olympics and Football Euros is also in the pipeline. I was lucky enough to travel up to Newcastle for the British College Championships last month where I was one of the two welsh YA representatives. I regularly help umpire the Aberavon Schools netball fixtures as well as just being named as one of the coaches for Under 11 LA Hub this year. I have also led an athletics workshop during the inclusive futures disability inclusion day held in our college.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

My sporting hero has got to be Jessica Ennis-Hill, as well as being such a talented athlete, she has done so much for girl's participation in sport including the Sky Academy Confidence Day as well as being a patron for the Weston park hospital cancer charity. I believe that she is the perfect role model for any young girl wanting to achieve in sport.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

As a YA, I feel like I have already achieved so much. I feel I've been a part of something a lot bigger than just being a YA in college, but have pushed the programme even further into the community. I take pride in seeing others enjoying what I have done, knowing I made my mark and set a precedent for my netball girls, the little bronze ambassadors or my college peers and lecturers. I'd like to be remembered for being different.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

 "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your work with excellence"

This shows that anything I decide to turn my hand to, I will put in 100% effort to make it the best that it can be, because that's what makes it stand out. I don't believe in doing something half-heartedly, especially with the YA programme as I know the great things that can be achieved with a little perseverance and hard work.

 

 

 

 

Schoool Sport Survey YA of the Month 2016

 

Name: Callum WhalleyCallum SSS YA

School: Queen Elizabeth High School

Home Town: Carmarthen

Young Ambassador: Gold YA

I have been a YA since: September 2015

 

Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

My favourite moment has been having the ability to set up and run clubs which creates enjoyment for the younger pupils of my school.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

I have many roles within my school, I take several different ambassador set up clubs as well as mentoring year 10 GCSE pupils with their theory work. My job as an ambassador is to provide opportunities and this is something I feel I have acted upon.

 

What was your involvement with the school sport survey in your school?

My involvement was to act upon the results. I met up with my Bronze and Silver ambassadors to discuss our results, which were very pleasing. We have since set up a pupil voice box and have provided new activities such as dance and boxing.

 

What changes do you hope to see in your school or community in the future as a result of what pupils said in the school sport survey?

I hope to see more new activities being introduced and being made available to the pupils. If the opportunities are there then pupils will make the most of them.

 

What advice would you give to other Young Ambassadors who have not yet looked at their school sport survey report?

I would say to look at it as soon as possible. Any changes are steps in the right correction. Start with small basic things and the bigger better results will follow. Take my racket club as an example, the first session we ran I had about 4 pupils turn up. Now I have over 30 pupils turning up.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

As a YA I hope to improve participation within my school as this has to be the main focus. I also love sport and coaching so the job is more than suited to me as an individual. I thoroughly enjoy the position and I hope through my work I can try and pass on this enjoyment to the younger pupils.

 

 

October 2015Bronnie

Name: Bronnie Griffiths (on the left in the picture)

School: Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun

Home Town: Aberdare,  RCT

Young Ambassador level: Gold Young Ambassador

I have been a YA since : May 2015

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

My favourite moment so far has been working with participants of all abilities and ages at the recent Wheelchair Sport Spectacular in Cardiff. I became involved after attending Disability Inclusion Training in my local authority, and was offered the opportunity to volunteer at the event. Myself and another Silver YA from my school went along and found it to be a fantastic opportunity and volunteered for over 40 hours over the four day event.

 

What are your main roles as a Young Ambassador in your school/ community?

I am a Gold Young Ambassador for my school and RCT, but also am involved in a number of different opportunities such as being a Young Leader for Duke of Edinburgh, leader in training for Girl Guiding Cymru, Silver Hockey YA and a coach for Urdd Gobaith Cymru.

As a Gold YA my aim is for pupils to get hooked on sport for life from a younger age. To do this I speak at school assemblies, organise after school sessions in different sports such as weight-lifting, free-running and volleyball, and also promote community clubs such as swimming to parents and pupils who may not otherwise be aware that they are running.

 

Who is your sporting hero and why?

My inspiration has to be Tanni Grey-Thompson.  I love her passion for sport and her attitude that if she can do it as a disabled person, anyone can. I really like her personality and her determination, and this has inspired me from a young age.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I just want to keep enjoying the experience as a Young Ambassador and want others to see participants like myself and other Young Ambassadors out there who want to see other young people enjoying sport. Any rewards or recognition I receive along the way would just be a bonus to me.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

There is no such word as 'can't'.

 

 

 

June 2015

Name: Eban GealEban Geal YA

School: Ysgol David Hughes

Home Town: Brynsiencyn

Young Ambassador: Bronze & Bronze Plus

I have been a YA since : September 2012

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

Being able to take part in a variety of activities and projects especially this year's Sky Sports Living for Sports project at Ysgol David Hughes.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

To encourage and inspire young people to take part and enjoy sports / activities in a variety of settings through school, clubs and communities.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Andy Murray

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

Learn new skills, pick some qualifications on my journey and progress to Silver, Gold the Platinum status as a Young Ambassador.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

Just Do It !

 

 

May 2015

Name: Albert Ugwudike

School: Tasker Milward

Home Town: Haverfordwest

Young Ambassador:Gold

I have been a YA since:September 2014

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

Encouraging the younger pupils in my school to participate in sport by offering sessions that take into account their specific preferences.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

Promoting different sporting opportunities within my school, whether it be through lunchtime activities or after school clubs. I also aid youngsters in primary schools in my local area with after school activities such as rugby, football and gymnastics; being a male representative in schools where staffing is almost exclusively female.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

The Brazilian football player; Pelé

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I aspire to increase participation in sports, as a feel that to many youngsters feel that they are not the 'sporty' type, this is simply a common misconception and I feel it necessary to demonstrate to youngsters that there truly is a sport for everybody.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

'I stand on the shoulders of others, for I stand on the shoulders of those that have come before me' Stephen Hawking

 

 

April 2015

Name: Ewan BodenhamEwan Bodenham

School: Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi

Home Town: St. Dogmaels

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Gold

I have been a YA since (date): September 2012

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

The highlight of my time as a 5x60 ambassador was competing (and coming 2nd) in the Welsh schools IZB tournament (Inclusive Zone Basketball). My pledge in this year's 5x60 gold ambassador conference was to run a sports session for pupils in my school with restricted mobility. Along with Lee Coulson and my fellow young ambassador, Tai Griffiths, I helped coach after school IZB sessions. We ran these sessions for a number of weeks prior to the tournament, and in this time I saw the confidence of a number of the pupils grow dramatically. IZB was the ideal sport as it allowed able bodied pupils to play alongside those with restricted mobility. This helped me get to know the people I was coaching more than any other sport I have coached.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

As with all of the young ambassadors, my role in the school and the community is to get as many people playing and enjoying sports as possible. I do this by advertising 5x60 sessions and coaching on a weekly basis. In my role I try and attend as many courses as possible to increase the number and quality of sports sessions I deliver. Attending 5x60 conferences helps me share the work that is being done in my school, as well as learning how to improve from other ambassadors. I also try and promote sports outside of organised 5x60 sessions by encouraging pupils to play basketball on the yard at break and lunch times.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Luol Deng (NBA basketball player). Luol Deng is my sporting hero for what he has done for British Basketball, and how he got to where he is. He has remained faithful to the British Basketball team, representing is in the 2012 Olympics. He has worked for a number of years promoting basketball in the UK and even played an important role in stopping GB basketball having its funding cut.

 

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I hope to get as many people in my local community involved in sports as possible, regardless of ability. I've seen the positive effect sports can have on people so I just hope to continue to build on that. Promoting minority sports is a priority of mine. Living in a rural area there isn't much other than football, rugby and hockey, so by offering alternatives I hope to increase participation. For me personally I just want to enjoy and challenge myself in ways I wouldn't normally have to (e.g. public speaking)

 

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

"If it's not difficult, it's not worth doing". People don't gain anything from doing things that are easy, especially not in sports. There is more to be gained in narrowly losing than winning comfortably.

 

December 2014Harri Evans

Name: HARRI EVANS

School: YSGOL DAVID HUGHES, MENAI BRIDGE, ANGLESEY

Home Town:LANGEFNI, ANGLESEY

Young Ambassador: GOLD

I have been a YA since:  SEPT 2013

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

I have been selected to be a member of the Hockey Wales Young Ambassador Steering Group and I am really enjoying being part of a small group of Young Ambassadors involved in moving Hockey Wales's Vision 2020 forward.

I also really enjoyed stepping in, last minute, to Chair the North West Wales POD Silver YA training session and being able to share some of my experiences with the new YA's

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

As a Hockey Wales Young Ambassador my main roles have included establishing and assisting in the running of After School Hockey clubs in local primary schools on Anglesey.

I also volunteer, during School holidays & at weekends at Hockey camps, assisting and running coaching sessions. I recently helped at Communities First Multi sports sessions, introducing children to Hockey, some of which had never played before.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

David Weir, British Paralympic wheelchair athlete - he doesn't let anything stand in the way of his ambition. He is so focussed & driven, an inspiration to us all.

Geraint Thomas, Welsh professional racing cyclist - he has achieved so much in cycling, winning the Mens road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow just days after competing in the Tour de France.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I took up Hockey by accident! Both my football and rugby team had stopped training during the summer holidays so I decided to go to Hockey Club with my eldest sister as they were training all year round…..I was hooked!!

I have never played hockey at School and I would love to see it introduced as part of the Physical Education National Curriculum for boys. Girls are taught Rugby & Football…………. So back to the question, I would like to get more boys of my age playing Hockey.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

It's not about being the best, it's about being better than you were yesterday.

Another favourite, although not necessarily sport related:

KNOWLEDGE: is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, WISDOM: is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. (Brian O'Driscoll)

 

 

 

July 2013

Name: Abbie John Abbie John

School: Ferndale Community School

Home Town: Ferndale 

Young Ambassador level: Gold 

I have been a YA since: 2012

 

Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far? 

Being nominated as young volunteer of the year, also attending a conference down Cardiff City stadium planning all our events for the up and coming year.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

To help get more students to be involved within sport, also attending any activities that are being held within my school or community to give support to an valid sporting activity. 

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Suzy Drane.. Welsh netball captain

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA? 

I hope it brings me the confidence to achieve my goal is being a physical education teacher, I feel this is a stepping stone to help me achieving what I want in the future! 

 

 

 

 

Meet some of our YA Baton Bearers from Powys: 

 

Name: Matthew LeonardLlandrindod baton bearers  (pictured centre)

School: Llandrindod High School

Home Town: LLandrindod Wells

Young Ambassador Level : Gold

I have been a YA since : September 2012

Where are you carrying the baton? : The lakeside, Llandrindod Wells

 

5 Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

My favourite moment as a YA so far has to go to this year's YA Powys Silver Ambassador conference back in February. I'd choose this moment because it was fantastic seeing the progress from last year's conference to this years! We were lucky to have Christian Malcolm who spoke brilliantly on the day and the use of the Quiki App to create lots and lots of creative pictures and videos using the various props and for it to be merged into a video was a particular favourite of mine from that day.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I think I was chosen as a baton bearer because of the contributions that I have made to sport in the school and local community. This is my second year as a Gold ambassador and I have completed over 200 hours of volunteering over the past year or so mostly helping with 5x60 clubs and events which range from the 5x60 dance festival, indoor athletics, holiday camps. I help the P.E department and volunteer at the local football club where I help coach the U9's team. I'm also a chairperson in the school sports council and have taken an assembly on healthy living and on the Ambassador movement. I'm also a member of the Brecknock and Radnorshire Sports Committee and regularly attend meetings there and I think it's these things that have got me nominated.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'm really looking forward to carrying the baton itself! But I think I'm most looking forward to seeing how many people turn up to the event, which I hope it's a lot as it promises to be a brilliant day out.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

The main thing that I hope to achieve as a YA is to to make a difference in my school and community, not just a temporary difference in that I help run or set up a few clubs but make a lasting impact on my community and in my school and try and makes things better. I would also hope to see more people getting involved in sport and have a lasting trend in the school where more and more people have an involvement in sport in the school or local area, be that participating, volunteering or even going to support their local teams.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Without a doubt I'm most excited about the sports! As an avid badminton player I'm definitely most excited to see the badminton and will be cheering on the Welsh badminton team. However I'm also quite excited to see some of the other sports that you don't get the opportunity to see very often like squash, rugby sevens, hockey, table tennis and netball and hope that the Commonwealth games can be used to promote these sports more. I'm seeing Team Wales in action and hope they go out and try their best and come home with medals but being from N.Ireland part of me is hoping they do well too!

 

 

Name: Stephen Loat (pictured left)Llandrindod baton bearers

School: Llandrindod Wells High school

Home Town: Llandrindod Wells

Young Ambassador Level (Gold, Silver, Bronze?): Gold

I have been a YA since (date): October 2013

Where are you carrying the baton? : At the Lake in Llandrindod Wells

 

5 Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

It has to be talking in the Silver YA day, it was so much fun and it was great to pass on knowledge to the next generation of Silver YAs and being personally enthralled and seeing them being enthralled by Christian Malcolm's inspirational speech.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I think I was chosen due to my work as a Gold Ambassador. As a Gold Ambassador, I have been helping out at 5X60 sessions in my school and regularly attend Powys Ambassador meetings where we discuss, improve and create sporting opportunities for young people in Powys. In addition to this, for the last three years, I also fortnightly help out at my local 1st Llandrindod Cub Scout Pack where I am a Young Leader and help run activities and promote physical activity through my role there.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

I think I'm most looking forward to simply being able to holding and running with the torch thinking about all the inspirational people which have held and will hold it, not to mention the Queen of course! Hopefully there will also be a big crowd to make it extra special.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

Although being a YA does help very much with university and job applications and I enjoy it very much, I hope to achieve more participation in sport for young people more than anything else as that after all is the role of a YA.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Well I'm looking forward to it all but if I had to pick what I'm most looking forward to I would probably say Judo as it's such a physical and exciting sport which I like and martial arts is something that i'm very interested in myself. I will definitely be cheering on Team Wales the most but all the British teams will be getting my support too.

 

 

Name: Tomi Evans

School: Ysgol Bro Ddyfi

Home Town: Machynlleth

Young Ambassador Level: Silver

I have been a YA since: 2011

Where are you carrying the baton? : Machynlleth

 

5 Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

As an individual, I coach young children aiming to inspire. As a YA, I once had to present a presentation to 4 people in order to give our views/ ideas on how to organise a sports activity day in school. We were rewarded for our ideas which were great.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I have always been involved in sport from a young age, and have progressed not just physically, but trying to inspire younger children to participate in sport.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

I think getting a feel of the actual baton will be overwhelming, and also to see the pride from my family as I take it through a part of the town.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I believe that being a YA is about enjoyment, improving as an individual to progress in sport. I also hope it will help me with my future career prospects.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Even though I enjoy almost every event, I think watching Mo Farah compete in whichever event he decides to compete in will be great. This will either be the 1500, the 5000m or the 10,000m.

 

 

Name: Kieran Jones

School: Ysgol Bro Ddyfi

Home Town: Machynlleth

Young Ambassador Level: Silver

I have been a YA since: September 2012

Where are you carrying the baton? : Machynlleth

 

5 Quick Questions

  What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

As a YA my favourite moment has been helping out with athletics for the Machynlleth, Llanbrynmair and Glantwymyn Primary Schools. This allowed me to look back at my sporting childhood and realise how much further I have come in sport. Also, taking part in the athletics and helping others turned out to be a fun day.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I have helped with 5x60 a number of times, and I also hold the 5x60 girls football training every Monday and Thursday night along with fellow YA James Ingleston.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

I am excited to be able to represent my county and take part in such a big event.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

Of course I hope that it will improve my University application, but mainly the biggest hope for me is that my enthusiasm as a sportsman and YA influences others to take part in sport and perhaps even become a YA.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

It's not so much a specific sport or a specific athlete; it's more that there are so many different sports taking place which involve lots of different athletes. I personally believe that there is a sport for everyone and the fact that there are so many different sports taking place allows them the opportunity to find your sport. Also as a lover of sport it would be great to find a different sport for myself from the 17 on offer.

 

 

Name: Sara Rees

School: Ysgol Bro Ddyfi

Home Town: Machynlleth

Young Ambassador Level: Silver

I have been a YA since: September 2013

Where are you carrying the baton? : Machynlleth

 

5 Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

Being able to encourage children to take part in more sports.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I helped the 5x60 officer doing 5x60 activities during lunchtime and afterschool.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

Being able to hold a baton containing a message from the Queen.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

Being able to encourage more people to take part in sports.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

I'm looking forward to watching the diving, swimming and athletics as I enjoy watching these sports.

 

 

Name: Fflur Jones

School: Bro Ddyfi

Home Town: Machynlleth

Young Ambassador Level: Bronze

I have been a YA since: 2013

Where are you carrying the baton? : Machynlleth

 

5 Quick Questions

  What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

I am able to help coach sports in school and also help others.

 

 Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I was chosen because I am always ready to help others and I enjoy different sports and I'm always keen to take part.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

I'm looking forward to the pleasure of being involved with the Commonwealth Games.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I would like to improve on my confidence. I would also like to see more children taking part in sports in the school and community.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

I'm looking forward to watch the young athletes taking part and to follow other athletes take part in sport.

 

 

Name: Siân Breese-Griffiths

School: Ysgol Bro Ddyfi

Home Town: Machynlleth

Young Ambassador Level: Silver

I have been a YA since: 2010

Where are you carrying the baton? : Machynlleth

 

5 Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

I've enjoyed meeting other Young Ambassadors to share experiences.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I volunteer on a regular basis and also help 5x60 officers as much as possible.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

I'm looking forward to the pride of carrying the baton through my hometown.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I hope to be able to increase the awareness of the importance of sport, and increase participation in sport. I would like to increase my own self-confidence through coaching/ umpiring, as well as self-fulfilment.

 

 What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

I'm most looking forward to the netball, gymnastics and watching Mo Farah run!

 

 

Name: James Ingleston

School: Ysgol Bro Ddyfi

Home Town: Machynlleth

Young Ambassador Level: Silver

I have been a YA since: September 2012

Where are you carrying the baton? : Machynlleth

 

5 Quick Questions

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

Helping other people to improve their sporting ability and I enjoy becoming a better coach.

 

Why were you chosen to be a Baton Bearer?

I coach the girl's football team in Machynlleth. I also help my 5x60 officer with various 5x60 events, and work as a team with other YAs.

 

What are you most looking forward to during your leg of the Queen's Baton Relay?

To have the chance to carry an icon of sport and to have an opportunity to meet people I wouldn't have had the chance to meet otherwise.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I hope to become a Gold Young Ambassador so that I can take my sports further in life. I hope it helps me become a PE teacher later in life also.

 

What are you most looking forward to during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

I am looking forward to watching a variety of different sports within the games and I will be cheering on athletes representing the home nations. I am also really looking forward to seeing the baton I carried arrive in Glasgow for the opening ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 May 2014 (Equality Takeover)

Name: Emily WatsonYA Emily

School: Dyffryn Conwy

Home Town: Glan Conwy

Young Ambassador: Platinum

I have been a YA since: September 2011

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

My favourite moment as a YA so far is delivering the Welsh YA Bronze training, it was great passing on the knowledge that I had gained as a YA to the next generation of YA's who will inspire even more people into sport.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

My main role as a YA in my school and also within Conwy is to find ways of increasing participation in sport mainly girls sport following the school sport survey results that have recently been published.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Rafael Nadal, his determination to come back from serious knee injuries and achieve what he has is remarkable. His sportsmanship and attitude on a tennis court is also amazing and well worth trying to re-create.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

As a YA I hope that I can help increase the participation of girls in sport as I feel this is a big area that we can improve on and also to inspire as many people as I can into participating in sport as it's a great way to socialise and have fun.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal"- Henry Ford

 

 

 

March 2014Del Morgan YA

Name: Delyth Morgan

School: Prestatyn High School

Home Town: Prestatyn

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Gold YA

I have been a YA since (date): September 2012

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

  What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

Organising and running a conference for Silver and Bronze Young Ambassadors from all over Denbighshire. This included making speeches about being a YA, what we plan to do for the rest of the year and then running a workshop on Qwiki in which I taught them how to use it. Also I enjoyed the National Conference in Cardiff in October, it was a fun couple of days and I learned valuable things about being a Gold YA.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

In school my main role is to support the Silver YA's in their role and to lead 5x60 activities. I help organise and lead events that we have in school such as Sport Relief and National School Sports week. I also coach the girls football teams one of which, the under 16's, are now in the Welsh Cup final. Within my community I attend primary schools fun festivals and help to referee/umpire them. I coach a disability football team every Saturday too. I have a part time job at Prestatyn Leisure Centre where I run Sportzone every school holiday. This involves putting on different sports for the kids to enjoy, it is like Dragon Sports.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Joe Hart, an English goalkeeper who plays for Man City. I love how hard he works to keep his place in the Man City team and the England squad. He is the perfect advocate for continuing to train hard to overcome any dip in form, especially in the public eye. It is because of this I know not to give up with my football and to continue on despite how bad things might get, this can also apply to normal life issues.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

As a YA I would like to achieve a lifetime experience of coaching, helping and promoting sport to young people. I hope to give the pupils a positive experience so that when they leave the school environment, they continue in their own time. I want to increase participation for all young people but particularly girls in a wide range of activities.

 

 What is your favourite Quote/saying?

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up" - Vince Lombardi

 

 

 

February 2014Caitlin Gall

Name: Caitlin Gall

School: Cardiff High

Home Town: Cardiff

Young Ambassador: Gold

I have been a YA since: Sept 2011

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

 So far, my favourite moment as a YA was definitely the YA Cymru day at the Cardiff City Stadium. I found it so fun and I really enjoyed it. I also found out a lot about my role that I didn't know and this has helped me a lot.

 

 What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

My main role as a YA are running clubs in my school and community. Me and the other 3 ambassadors at Cardiff High run a girls football club after school on a Wednesday as well as help out with 5x60 clubs such as Zumba on a Monday lunchtime. We also go to 2 of our feeder schools on a Tuesday after school to help out with netball. Promoting 5x60, YAs and the Commonwealth Games are also a big role we have. 

 

 Who is your sporting hero?

I've got a lot of sporting heroes and icons that I look up to throughout the different sports I do, however, I think that my sporting hero would have to be Fabrice Muamba. The fact that he is still a big part in football despite having to retire due to his heart problems as well as never giving up on what he believes in is something that I look up to and respect massively.

 

 What do you hope to achieve as a YA? 

Through being a YA, I hope to achieve many things. I'd love to be able to go to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 as i've been such a bit part in promoting it. I would also love to become a Platinum YA and go all the way as I would love to represent my city and even country through not only sport, but promoting it as well. 

 

 

 What is your favourite Quote/saying?

Although this isn't really anything to do with sport, my favourite quote would have to be:

'Everything will be okay in the end, if it's not okay, it's not the end.' 

This is my favourite quote as I believe that it can be applied to everything you do and it's a reminder to never give up.

 

 

 

January 2014

 Philippa

Name: Philippa Hearnden   

School: University of South Wales

Home Town: Nuneaton / Trefforest

Young Ambassador: Platinum

I have been a YA since: 2008

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

  What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

My favourite moment of being a YA so far has been the chance to meet Jessica Ennis. Along with my Gold Ambassadors I secured a place to work at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. With my team we arranged a meet and greet with Jessica Ennis to publicise our YA work. I was also awarded Young Volunteer of the Year!!

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

I work closely with the Community Sports Development officers of RCT to develop and mentor Gold, Silver and Bronze Ambassadors. I work to provide YAs with opportunities and support to all sporting leaders.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

After meeting her, my sporting hero would have to be Jessica Ennis.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

Through my work as a YA I look to increase participation and the personal development of younger ambassadors.I work to act as a role model for ambassadors and help them achieve their sporting dreams. Young Ambassador work is also aiding my University studies.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

 Everyone deserves to turn dreams into reality.

 

 

 

December 2013

Name: Bethan LittlewoodBeth Littlewood

School:  Brynteg

Home Town: Bridgend

Young Ambassador: Platinum

I have been a YA since (date): 2011

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

There's been so many opportunities and amazing moments, VIP tickets to see rugby, with three course meal before! Lighting the torch to a local mini Olympics festival, offered lots of different Olympic tickets, receiving and giving awards, meeting other Athletes and other people as passionate about sport as myself.

 

What are your main roles as a YA in your school/ community?

At the moment my role in the community is to help get a school sport board up and running in all the secondary schools in the community, with help from the Active Young People's Department. My main role is just to support and help anything that other YAs want to do.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Usain Bolt because he's Usain Bolt. Also Jess Ennis because she's such a good role model.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

As a YA I hope to contribute to getting every child hooked on sport for life so that in the future we have a Nation of Champions!

Also I would like a career in sport in the future so everything I do as a YA will help me on the path to that.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

 "Dream as if you'll live forever, Live as if you'll die today" - James Dean

 

 

 

November 2013

Name: Tom O'brien

School: Ysgol David Hughes

Home Town: Menai Bridge

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Gold

I have been a YA since (date): 2012

 

5 Quick Questions.

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

I have enjoyed many moments as a YA so far, however assisiting Sport Wales with the 2013 Sports Promotional Video and also assisting Jessica Flint (another Gold YA from my school) in the Opening Ceremony of the Sport Wales Conference in Cardiff with Seb Coe was a truly magnificent moment in my life.

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

I play and coach various sports in the 5x60 schools and community setting. My main roles are Basketball coach, Badminton community coach and I also lead on various youth club sessions in various communities.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

My sporting hero is  Usain Bolt as he is a true ambassador who has inspired many youngsters to have fun and enjoy sports.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

As a YA I want to develop the scheme further on Anglesey, whilst also developing myself as a YA/ volunteer/coach. Gaining various awards and qualifications as well as providing new and exciting opportunities to young people. I'm currently organising a 100 days to go event for Anglesey.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep the score?

 

 

 

October 2013Bailey Goodall

 Name: Bailey Goodall

School: George Street Primary School

Home Town: Pontypool

Young Ambassador: Bronze

Bailey has been a Bronze YA since September 2013.

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

 To find out in front of my mum and dad that I'm the next sports young ambassador for my school in the leaver's assembly when we've just won a football tournament for George Street in west mon against all the other primary schools.

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

Football, Cricket, and all sports in school.

 I play football with The Race AFC Juniors and am in the Torfaen County Representative Squad.  I also play cricket for Pontnewynydd.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

 Steven Gerrard.

 

 What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

 Have a positive influence on my friends sport by encouraging them to do what they want in their chosen sporting career, and to be a great school football captain, and show great sportsmanship.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

Get stuck in, stay positive, and never give up.

 

 

 

 

September 2013Molly Davies-Briskham

Name: Molly Davies Briskham

School: Pontarddulais Comprehensive

Home Town: Swansea

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Platinum

I have been a YA since: October 2011

 

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

 What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

I cant pick one single moment! But meeting Seb Coe was definitely a high point!

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

Rowing but I also enjoy swimming, running and kayaking.

 

 Who is your sporting hero?

Rebecca Adlington

 

 What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

A career pathway in this field of sport, to help in the growth of the young ambassador movement and to continue with the amazing experiences being a young ambassador has given me so far.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

Some DREAM it will happen,

Some WISH it would happen,

Others MAKE it happen.

 

 

 

August 2013Marie Zorab Aug 2013

Name: Marie Zorab

School: Chepstow School

Home Town: Chepstow

Young Ambassador: Silver

I have been a YA since: September 2012 

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

Interacting with the yougner years in our secondary school is all the clubs run by 5x60, and having our efforts rewarded. I also enjoy working with the young leaders to develop successful clubs for everyone in our school to enjoy. I like to help out with Primary Sports days, and see the smiles on the young childrens faces, aswell as going to conferences and meeting other young ambassadors, and hearing about what they do for their schools.

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

The main sport that I coach is Water Polo. this is a great sport that we have introduced because it is a more obscure, and an activity that many children would not have had the opportunity to take part in. I have also taken part in other 5x60 activities such as Spin Classes, Rounders and Atomic Touch.

 

Who is your sporting hero? 

All the Paralympians who do not want to pretend to be something or someone they're not. The individuals who think that when they cannot do something, they do not stop, but find a different way and work as hard as they can to accomplish what they care about.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

One of our main aims is to increase participation of sports in our school, but especially to increase the number of girls who take part in activities. We would also like to create as many opportunities involving sports to make the above aim possible. Being a Young Ambassador will certainly help me in improving my University application. I also really enjoy being a Young Ambassador as I love working with young people.

 

What is your favourite Quote?

'Never let the fear of the game keep you from striking out' - meaning you shouldn't be afraid of failing the task in front of you. Keep preserving!

 

 

 

July 2013Cerys Sharples YA

Name: Cerys Sharples

School: Penglais Comprehensive

Home Town: Aberystwyth

Young Ambassador (Gold, Silver, Bronze etc.): Gold

I have been a YA Since: September 2010

 

5 Quick Questions.

 

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?


My favourite moment was being involved in the Olympic Torch celebrations when the flame came to Aberystwyth. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and there was a great atmosphere throughout the day as we helped run sporting activities. We arranged for local sports clubs to come and showcase their clubs and run taster sessions, and run 5x60 activities ourselves. It's not often you see so many kids, adults & families taking part together and getting excited by sport! The best part of the day was standing on the stage with the other YA's when the cauldron was lit. it was such a special moment as everyone was brought together by a love of sport. I will always remember that.

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?


My main sport is basketball. I've been playing for 3 years and started through the school 5x60 club! I play for the U18's Wales team and have 13 international caps. I have played in two European Championships and I'm going again this summer to Andorra. I also coach and referee basketball through the 5x60 club, the Aberystwyth Basketball club and also around schools in Ceredigion.

 

 Who is your sporting hero?


Brittney Griner is my hero, she plays for the Pheonix Mercury in the WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) in the USA. She was selected first in the 2013 draft, and standing at 6ft 8" holds the record for the most blocked shots (736) in college for both men & women!! She won the AP division 1 'Player of the year' in 2012 and I think she's just an awesome player who dominates games she plays in.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?


As a Young Ambassador I want to see as many young people as possible taking part in sport because I love it and think that everyone else would benefit too if they just 'gave it a go'! It's great to use my position to promote and raise the profile of sport and 5x60 as it's something I'm passionate about. I hope that I'm able to inspire people to take up a sport and get involved.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?


My favourite quote is "Whatever it takes", which is the motto for the Welsh Basketball Team. In the middle of a game when I'm beginning to tire it really keeps me going!

 

 

 

 

June 2013 (1)Anglesey Bronze YAs of the month

Name: Morgan Powell Jones

School: Henblas

Home Town: Llangristiolus, Anglesey

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Bronze

I have been a YA since (date): October 2012

 

5 Quick Questions.

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

 Promoting the Olympic Games by presenting a PowerPoint in a competition… and we won!

I enjoy helping out and setting up the equipment for the Dragon Sports sessions every week.

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

 I specialise in the 1,500m on the track, the school Football club and the Dragon Sports club in the school.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Mo Farah

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I hope to continue being a Young Ambassador in Secondary School (Llangefni) and also I hope to represent Wales in the future.

 

What is your favourite Quote/saying?

"You can't win without learning how to loose"

 

June 2013 (2)Anglesey Bronze YAs of the month

Name: Siwan Iorweth

School: Ysgol Gynradd Henblas

Home Town: Llangristiolus, Anglesey

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Bronze

I have been a YA since (date): October 2012

 

5 Quick Questions.

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

 Promoting the Olympic Games by presenting a PowerPoint in a competition… and we won!

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

Anglesey Swimming Club, Athletics with Menai Track and Field, and the Football club and Dragon Sports club in the school.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Jessica Ennis

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

I hope to carry on being a Young Ambassador when I move up to High School (Llangefni)

 

 What is your favourite Quote/saying?

 Play! Have Fun! And Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

May 2013.

Name: April MorganApril Morgan NL

School: Learning Zone Coleg Gwent

Home Town: Ebbw Vale

Young Ambassador (Gold, adiStar, Bronze?): Gold Ambassador

I have been a YA since (date): September 2011

 

5 Quick Questions.

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?

 My favourite moment since I have become a YA would have to be when I was nominated for Young Volunteer of Coach the year in the 2012 Coach of the year awards.

 

 Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?

At the moment I have three main sports that I coach which are swimming, netball and cricket.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

I actually don't have a sporting hero but I do look up to the people around me that I work and who have helped me over the years because to me they are the heroes and have helped me to became the YA and coach I am today.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?

Through being a YA I hope to achieve an increase in participation and make it an enjoyable experience and by doing this I hope they will be able to carry on their enjoyment of sport throughout their lives.

 

What is your favourite Quote?

"Live life for the moment as everything else is uncertain."

By Louis Tomlinson

 

 

 

 

 April 2013.

 Name: Jessica Osbourne  Jessica Osbourne YA


School: Pen - Y - Dre


Home Town: Merthyr Tydfil


I have been a Silver Young Ambassador since September 2012

 

5 Quick Questions.


What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?


My favourite moment so far has to be the feeder school transition for football.

 

Which sport do you take part in/ coach mostly?


Football, Swimming, Badminton + Basketball.

 

Who is your sporting hero?

Frank Lampard.

 

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?


I want to receive recognition for doing the awards. Hopefully I will eventually go on to become a Gold Young Ambassador.

 

What is your favourite Quote?


"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary" - Vince Lombardi