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Disability sports bring home gold

A Disability Sports Wales project for both disabled and non-disabled participants will win a new award at the Wales Sport Awards

Get Out, Get Active brings together those with and without disabilities

The Wales Sport Awards take place next week at Celtic Manor Resort, and Disability Sport Wales will bring home their second award in two years.

On Tuesday 4 November, the awards see BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales host the country’s biggest sporting celebration.

In addition to Lifetime Achievement and Coach of the Year awards, BBC will award the Sports Personality of the Year Award.

A new award for 2018

Get Out, Get Active (GOGA), a programme from Disability Sport Wales (DSW), has been tipped to win the inaugural Getting Wales Active award.

DSW also brought home the Organisation of the Year Award in 2017.

GOGA runs across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Pembrokeshire and Wrexham, and prides itself on getting Welsh people moving.

Furthermore, the project sees people with and without disabilities taking part in sports together.


Disability Sports in Cardiff

The judging panel

The judges were picked from across the Welsh sporting scene, and range in age, gender, race, disability and sport.

At 25, James Ledger is the second youngest on the panel.

He is a visually-impaired 100 metre sprinter for Wales and Great Britain who also sits on the Disability Sport Wales National Youth Board.

“I had the opportunity to judge due to my elite sporting background,” said James.

“But also because of the work I do with Disability Sport Wales.

“Our aim is to be the voice for young people with a disability in Wales.”

Judging the awards was a dream for James.

“I couldn’t wait to hear some of the incredible sporting stories coming out of Wales,” he said.

He added: “It filled me with pride. Irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or disability, you can take part in sport.”

There are many options for those with disabilities who want to take part in sports

Other awards include: Volunteer of the Year, Community Coach of the Year, Inspiring Young Person, Organisation of the Year, BBC Get Inspired, Unsung Hero and the Carwyn James Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. 

BBC Wales Cymru and Sport Wales will announce one winner a day in the lead-up to the event.

While the judges determine the outcome of the main awards, the public have voted for the Community and Unsung winners.

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