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2016 Swansea Sports Awards Winners

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Swansea Sports Awards:

Swansea University
Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Swansea UniversityOpens new window

  • Aaron Moores

Aaron Moores

Born in Trowbridge, Aaron Moores has made Swansea his home, where he is trained by Stuart McNarry and Adam Baker. A supremely talented athlete. 2016 has, however, been his golden year. He twice broke the 100m Breaststroke world record competing against an outstanding international field in Glasgow in May, and staking his place in the upcoming Rio Games. Undoubtedly the highlight not of his year, but of his career, was taking winning Gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games, Wales's only Gold in the pool in Rio. In the tightly contested S14 category 100m Breaststroke Final, Moores took the coveted Gold Medal spot by .03 seconds. At only 22 years of age, it seems almost certain Moores will have another opportunity to defend that title in the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

University Wales Trinity St David
Junior Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by University of Wales Trinity St DavidOpens new window

  • Holly Jones

Holly Jones

Holly is a pupil of Morriston Comprehensive School who trains at Swansea Gymnastics Centre by Natalie Lucitt-Jenkins for 24 hours a week. She represents her club and the Welsh national team competing at national and international level. Holly was out with a serious injury for the first half of the year,she worked extremely hard on her rehabilitation and has come back strongly in the second part of the year, competing at the UK School Games and at the Junior Commonwealth Games recently held in Namibia, achieving outstanding results in both team and individual events. During November, Holly attended a Pre Commonwealth Games training camp in Australia for 2 weeks with the Welsh Team. She visited the venue for gymnastics which will be held in the Gold Coast at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Holly is currently training hard and looking forward to her first Commonwealth Games trial at the British Championships in March 2017.

University Wales Trinity St David
Junior Sportsman of the Year sponsored by University of Wales Trinity St DavidOpens new window

  • Osaze Aghedo

Osaze Aghedo

Osaze is a very talented Triple Jumper. He was entered into his first Schools Athletics competition at age 12 and has since gone on to represent Swansea Harriers, Afan Nedd Tawe and Wales. He has had to overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today. He was a very shy and reserved young man who lacked any confidence that would be needed to perform to his potential in any sport. Since he started competing at Bishop Vaughan he has developed not just as a sportsman but socially. Sport really has brought out the best in Osaze and he now serves as our School Sports Ambassador and leads a team of Prefects within the school. This speaks volumes of the progress he has made during his time here. His achievements below speak for themselves and his potential truly is limitless.

His achievements include:

  • U15 - Welsh Champion, English Champion and National Record Holder
  • U17 - Welsh Champion, English Champion and County Record Holder
  • U20 - Welsh Champion and English Championship medalist
  • Currently National Leader of all age groups including seniors
  • Celtic Games Champion for 2 years and Record holder (Wales, Scotland, Ireland)
  • Welsh schools Record
  • Competed for Wales at U15, U17 and U20.
  • Handpicked for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme in Loughborough
  • Hand selected for the Men's British Athletics League

Arriva Trains Wales
Senior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Arriva Trains WalesOpens new window

  • David Smith

David Smith

David Smith is a Paralympian who was on the British boccia team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics. David competed for Paralympics GB for a third time in Rio 2016 where he won Gold in the individual BC1 event for the first time in his career. In doing so, David has become the joint most successful British Boccia player in history. David has this year competed in both Beijing world championships and Rio Paralympic games. David won gold in this year's Rio Paralympic games in the individual BC1.

Arriva Trains Wales
Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Arriva Trains WalesOpens new window

  • Chloe Davies

Chloe Davies

Chloe is a British Paralympic swimmer. Davies competes in S14 events mainly freestyle, backstroke and medley preferring shorter distances. Chloe burst into national recognition as a 12-year old in 2011, breaking the British S14 short course 200m Backstroke record in March before helping herself to MC 200m Freestyle silver and MC 100m Backstroke bronze at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships. This year Chloe began her preparations for GB Paralympic Trials by breaking the S14 200m Backstroke World Record at the Swim Wales LC Championships, held over the Easter weekend at Wales National Pool, Swansea. Chloe posted a time of 2:24.49 to set a new World high. Chloe also claimed the British Record in the S14 50m Backstroke later in the weekend with a time of 32.33 secs. Chloe won Bronze in Glasgow Paralympic international meet in April with a time of 2:13.26 and 814 points in the 200m freestyle.

J & S Products
Performance Coach of the Year sponsored by J & S Products

  • Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

As a player, Coleman usually played in defence, while also occasionally appearing as a forward. He won 32 caps playing for Wales. Coleman's playing career ended at the age of 32, when his leg was broken in a car crash. Following this, he started his coaching career. In 2012, he took over as Welsh national manager after the death of Gary Speed, and led Wales to UEFA Euro 2016, their first major tournament since the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where they made the semi-finals. Chris guided guided Wales to the semi-finals in Euro 2016, their first major tournament since 1958, with wins over Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Belgium and Russia. Wales eventually left the tournament at the semi- final stage, losing 2-0 to Portugal. On 20 October 2016 Chris Coleman was awarded the Freedom of the City of Swansea, and received special recognition award at 2016 BBC Cymru wales sports personality awards ceremony.

360 Watersports
Community Coach of the Year sponsored by 360 Beach & WatersportsOpens new window

  • Zoe Hill

Zoe Hill

Zoe has been coaching netball for over 10 years, since she started helping out at Mumbles Treforus Netball Club and then took over the junior section of the club. Currently the club has around 150 girls aged 8 and over and 6 teams playing in the Swansea Adult League.  As well as coaching in the club, Zoe also is an assistant coach to the U15 LA Hub and for the last 4 years has been coaching Development and Performance Training Centres for Afan Nedd Tawe. On top of all that, Zoe also coaches in the Welsh Netball pathway and has coached the U14 county team for 3 years. Zoe's achievements as coach include leading the Mumbles Treforus Under 15s and Under 17s teams, who were both crowned National Club Champions, as well as seeing her Performance Training Centre winning the PTC tournament and having 4 of her players selected for Welsh U17 squad with 2 players playing in Netball Europe in Gibraltar.  Zoe also has 2 players in the Wales u21 talent squad, 2 players in Wales u17 long squad and 4 players in the Wales u17 talent squad.

Virgin Media
Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Virgin MediaOpens new window

  • Karen Gibbins

Karen Gibbins

Karen Gibbins is a Librarian with the City and County of Swansea and started cycling 2 years ago. Karen started the Action Bikes Ladies Club in January 2016. This has been a huge success and encouraged over 100 ladies to get off the couch and cycle 40 miles within 10 weeks. She also started the Swansea Ladies Cycle Challenge 2016 to encourage women in Swansea to start cycling and takes out 30 plus riders every Saturday during the winter. Throughout this year Karen has given up her time without payment to support and teach road cycling. The benefits of cycling both mentally and physically are huge and Karen's patience and dedication has been outstanding. She was instrumental in obtaining lottery funding which has been used to purchase more bikes and promote the club. Without Karen's dedication and support we would still be on the couch.

Sport Wales
Young Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Sport WalesOpens new window

  • Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas

Adam started volunteering with the Sport and Health team of the City and County of Swansea (CCoS) in early 2016.  Since then Adam has given up hours of his free time to support the projects delivered by the Sport and Health team with the majority of his support taking place in communities across Swansea in the evenings where Adam works alongside community coaches to deliver sport and physical activity to young people.  On average, Adam gives up between 5 and 7 hours each week to volunteer, whilst also juggling the demands of being a student in Swansea University. Adam was recently shortlisted out of tens of applications for the Fields in Trust Young Champion of the Year award but was unfortunately not selected as the winner of the award.  To be shortlisted was an achievement in itself and his commitment to our programmes and dedication to volunteering was recognised on the evening in London at the awards ceremony by all in attendance. Adam was quiet when he first started but soon found his feet and became more self-assured within his delivery as time went on.  He didn't need much encouragement taking lead; he was able to do this naturally. 

Senior Club or Team of the Year sponsored by Arvato BertelsmannOpens new window

  • Gower College Swansea Netball Team

Gower College Swansea

With over 4 competitive teams in the college all playing in different leagues. First team plays in the AOC British college's tournament and travels around the UK to play. The second team plays in the Welsh college's division. The colleges Teams 3 and 4 play in the West Glamorgan and Swansea senior leagues. The team were Welsh colleges winners in 2016, and AOC British college's championship winners in 2016.  The team were also Premier league winners in 2016, and National Play off runners.

Junior Club or Team of the Year sponsored by Arvato BertelsmannOpens new window

  • West Street Gymnastics Club Acrobatic Gymnastics Team 

West Street Gymnastics Club Acrobatic Gymnastics Team

Acrobatic Gymnastics is a partnership sport and the West Street Acrobatic Gymnastics Team is made up of Lowri Evans, who is 18 and attends Gowerton Comprehensive School and Olivia Street who is 13 and attends Penyrheol Comprehensive School. Lowri and Olivia have competed as a Junior Women's pair in the 13-19 age group category in 2016.  They are both members of the senior Welsh Acrobatic Gymnastics squad who train together each month.  They train 3-4 times a week with coach Lisa Thomas. After winning the British Tournament in November 2015 and achieving 3 Gold medals in Holland in December 2015 the girls were invited to train with the British squad and trial for the Great Britain team for the World Championships. During 2016 they have attended several British Trials, just narrowly missing out on final GB selection to an English pair who eventually came 2nd at the World Championships in China. 

Their other results included...

  • Gold Junior Champions at Gemau Cymru in Cardiff
  • Gold British Champions at the British Championships in Liverpool
  • Silver Medal at the Rzeszow International Cup in Poland
  • Gold Welsh Champions at the Welsh Championships
  • Gold Medal at the Bristol Invitational

LC Swansea
Primary School Team of the Year sponsored by LC SwanseaOpens new window

  • Pontlliw Primary School Boys' Football Team

Pontlliw Primary Boys Football Team

2015/16 was an amazing year for the Pontlliw Boys Football Team for so many reasons. But it's their positive attitude and sportsmanship that makes them extra special. In 2015/16, Pontlliw Primary's Boys' Team was crowned Swansea Schools champions, in the final at the St Helen's ground. Pontlliw also got to the semi-finals in the Premier League Tournament Under 11's at Swans Development Centre in Cwmdu. I'm sure you will agree that this is a fantastic achievement. As well as their on the field success, Pontlliw's off the field success was clear in the number of boys participating in one of the many friendlies, festivals and competitions organised for all ages and abilities. In a school with approximately 100 junior pupils, over 90% of the school's junior boys play football everyday on the school yard. Pupils from the Boys Football Team organise festivals in school amongst themselves to practice their skills, played as a knockout tournament, assigning a referee and a team manager. Their achievements are celebrated in our 'Star of the Week' assembly on Fridays. Furthermore, so many of these boys, who start playing  football in school from Reception, have managed to get "hooked on football" and have been encouraged to attend football training outside of school too.

Gower College Swansea
Secondary School Team of the Year sponsored by Gower College SwanseaOpens new window

  • Penyrheol Comprehensive School Acrobatic Gymnastics Team

Penyrheol Comprehensive Acrobatic Gymnastics Team

The team competed in the Welsh Championships for the first time in March 2016.  The girls worked hard perfecting their routines, competing in 4 different events  and were successful  winning Gold in the Under 13 Pair and Under 19 Group which qualified us to compete in the British schools in Stoke in May.

In Stoke the competition was an extremely high standard. Olivia and Amy started by winning Silver in the morning. The group waited all day as we were the last school to perform, we were competing against public schools from England who had girls 18 years old, all our team were Under 16.  It was an amazing performance the girls deserved their Silver medal.


The 2016 winners were announced in a special ceremony held at the Brangwyn Hall on Thursday 16 March 2017.


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