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Talented Juniors 2016
Bronze Young Ambassadors 2016
Coach of the Year 2016
DSW Volunteer 2016
Insport Clubs 2016
Invictus Games 2016
Unsung Heroes 2016
Young Ambassadors 2016
Four disabled young athletes from Ceredigion represented Wales over the weekend of the 2 and 3 July 2016, at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championship Under 12’s competitions in Warwick near Coventry.
The Welsh team successfully won 46 medals after competing alongside over 240 of the country’s finest young disabled athletes. The 18 Junior Academy athletes, supported by General Dynamics UK, came back with 36 gold medals, eight silver medals and two bronze medals.
Kimberley Mellor attends Cardigan Secondary School, she won a gold medal in the discus and shot put, and a bronze for 100m sprint. Caitlin Williams is also a pupil at Cardigan Secondary School and scored personal bests and came home with a gold in 100m sprint, and a silver medal in the discus and shot put. Megan Ashman threw for gold medals in shot put and discus and a silver medal for her 100m sprint. Ryan Nother made his debut at this year’s games came home with an impressive three gold medals in the discus, javelin and shot put.
Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet Member for Lifestyle Services, said: "This is an amazing achievement, these athletes have done us proud. It’s great to see such potential in such young people and we look forward to seeing where they will be next year and where their careers will go to next."
Nathan Stephens Paralympian and World Record Holder also Talent Officer for Disability Sport Wales said: "The Junior Squad came home with a total of 36 gold medals, eight silver and two bronze. A huge thank you to the staff that supported myself and the athletes over the weekend, they were a great team. But my biggest thanks goes to all the athletes for being brilliant ambassadors for Disability Sport Wales and giving 100% in everything they did. We can’t wait to see what next year will bring."
Many elite disabled athletes began their own successful athletics careers at this prestigious event, including Aled Davies, Rhys Jones and Hollie Arnold. Amongst the competitors in Coventry were those hopeful for the same golden career in athletics. The championships at the University of Warwick’s athletics track was organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS).
Exercise Referral Aberystwyth already offers a wide choice of classes to suit the various needs of referred clients.
In addition to their existing classes, they have recently developed a new circuit style class called “The Nerve”. This is aimed primarily at further supporting people with neurological health conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, back pain and other mobility problems. The class also serves as progression for people who have been attending the Exercise Referral Falls Prevention programme and encourages further improvements in health.
The class begins with a seated warm up and moves on to a 4 station format with three exercises per station, with each station focussing on a different element of fitness including exercises performed on the floor.
This is a 70 minutes class which provides sufficient time for people with mobility difficulties to move between station without feeling rushed. The class also includes short periods of HIT (High Intensity Training) which the most recent research is recommending for such several different health conditions including Parkinson’s Disease and Diabetes.
Numbers in this class are limited to provide the supervision required and are available only through Exercise Referral.
For more information please contact Laureen on 01970633612
Last week, Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter had a special visit from Welsh and British Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion Frankie Jones. As part of the 'Sky Sports: Living for Sport' project, Jones visited Ysgol Bro Pedr to mentor, build pupils confidence and develop leadership and life skills through sport.
The Young Ambassador (YA) programme is a National scheme run in Primary and Secondary Schools across Ceredigion. There are Bronze YAs in the primary schools and Silver and Gold YAs in the secondary schools. Young people are selected due to their sporting talent, and more importantly, due to their exceptional commitment and ability as young leaders to inspire others. They promote healthy lifestyles, sport programmes and encourage others to be as active as possible
Two Ceredigion Gold YAs were recently offered the opportunity of a lifetime to attend a two week work placement with Torino FC. Jac Horwood and Lowri Walker, both sixth form pupils in Penglais school, travelled out to Turin, Italy and spent time observing academy coaching, how the club runs from day to day and visited football museums in Turin. They spent a morning in a local Primary school and spoke to pupils about school life in Wales. A highlight of their time in Turin included a tour of the Juventus FC stadium and watching a live ‘Serie A’ game, Torino FC vs Lazio. The experience was very worthwhile, as Lowri is a member of Aston Villa FC and has gained a football scholarship to America next year, seeing a professional club up close was a huge benefit. Jac is also pursuing a career in Sport, and is planning to study a sports degree in September and go onto to become a Physical Education teacher, so the coaching experience and time spent in the local school helped was an invaluable experience.
Lowri said: "It was an amazing experience which I would definitely do again. I learnt so much and met people from other cultures and backgrounds, which I now consider lifelong friends."
Jac said "I’m proud I completed the work placement and am happy that I’ve had the opportunity to try new things and challenge myself in a new environment. It was such a worthwhile trip and I’m grateful to Catrin Jones and Vi-ability for the opportunity as a Young Ambassador."
Catrin Jones, 5x60 Officer, "Both Lowri and Jac have been Young Ambassadors for two years now, and have helped run school sports clubs, 5x60 clubs, coached in Primary school sports festivals and helped mentor other young leaders and ambassadors. They are great role models for younger pupils and this work placement was a great example of what opportunities can come from working hard and showing commitment as a Young Ambassador."
Penglais School set up an Us Girls project this year, with the aim of encouraging more girls in school to take part in physical activity. The first step was to form an Us Girls panel, made up from girls in Years 8 - 13. They received a visit from Sky Sports athlete mentor, Tom Haffield to help inspire them to get organised and push the project forward. First thing, panel set out to survey all girls in school to find out what they want to do, with the aim of holding a launch week to promote the timetable of fitness classes in January 2016.
On learning the results of the survey, the panel set about finding the right instructors to run classes and booked facilities to hold the classes. Panel members formed sub-groups to divide responsibilities for the launch week, with Promotion, Publishing and Delivery the main areas of work to cover. They created and printed class timetables, spoke in House assemblies and form groups to promote the launch, designed and printed posters to highlight the event and delivered active competitions to give away Us Girls goodie bags to build excitement amongst girls in school.
The 4 classes organised for the Spring term were Girls rugby, Zumba, Disco Spin class and Girls only Bench ball. All classes ran a taster session during the launch week, and instructors wore Us Girls branded t-shirts to further promote the project. At the end of a very busy launch week, 112 girls had taken part in the classes and over 400 timetables were handed out.
The aim now is to sustain current classes and add more to the timetable as they year progresses, with Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball next on the list for the Summer term!
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