2021 Sport Pembrokeshire Awards - Part 3

PembrokeshireSport.co.uk is very pleased to be able to continue to highlight the magnificent achievements of our talented sporting people who were honoured at the 2021 Sport Pembrokeshire Awards evening at Folly Farm Theatre.
Today we continue with the ‘Young Volunteer’ and ‘Junior Team of the Year’ awards, both of which show what is going on with youngsters in our sporting fraternity – and once again we would like to thank Drew Buckley Photography for generous use of his terrific photographs.
The descriptions have been edited from the ones seen by the voting panel – but still reflect what commitment and effort is shown by those mentioned below!

Young Volunteer of the Year - Adele Bevan (Finalist), Olivia Probert (Winner) and Ffion Williams (Finalist)
Olivia Probert is a keen sportswoman who takes part in Netball & Cricket outside school, Hockey & Rugby for school. She also assists with coaching Netball after-school club helping others to improve.
Olivia is a newly appointed Young ambassador at Henry Tudor School and she has been fulfilling her role by assisting with sports clubs after school, coaching, organising activities on ‘Well-being Fridays’ as well as taking part in sporting clubs inside and outside of school.
She has taken on this role with enthusiasm and is really making a positive difference. She is also a young carer and assists with her disabled uncle.
After finishing as a very good competitive swimmer, Ffion Williams returned to help coach and every Friday she leads her own lane, working with younger competitive swimmers to a very high standard.
Ffion takes her students under her wing and has a very kind, caring approach, taking time to explain new things to children so they feel comfortable in the pool.
She gives her students the confidence needed in themselves and they always look forward to going training with Ffion.
Ffion is a fantastic ambassador for swimming and is a valued member of the coaching squad with Haverfordwest Seals.
Adele Bevan has worked tirelessly as a Platinum Young Ambassador throughout the difficult lockdown months.
She is very committed to her role and is always on hand to assist whenever asked. She has shown initiative with a number of social media projects and sits on the Sport Pembrokeshire social media working group.
She assisted with a number of projects from teaching Balance Bikes to nursery age children to working with her peers on Olympic social media coverage.
Adele’s total commitment and enthusiastic approach to her role as Platinum Young Ambassador deserves recognition.
Junior (Under 16) TEAM OF THE YEAR:
Pembrokeshire Harriers (SIAB team) - Winners

Nine Pembrokeshire Harriers’ athletes represented Welsh Schools at the Schools International Athletics Board competition in Derby in September 2021, which was the largest number of athletes from any club in Wales.
They are an amazing group of athletes who did the club, their schools, Pembrokeshire and Wales proud in the competition.
Notable results included Gracie Griffiths who won Gold in the 3000m race walk, setting a new Welsh U17 record, Michael Jenkins (who won Gold in the discus) and Dafydd Pawlett, who won silver for shot putt.
Gracie and Michael were also named Welsh athletes of the competition. Pembrokeshire Harriers may be a small club but it produces terrific athletes who show total commitment.

Haverfordwest RFC Under 9s (Finalists)
The under 9s team at Haverfordwest RFC deserve to be rewarded for their amazing team spirit, even though they have had long periods where they could not be together, they have remained in contact and all participated in activities to keep the team spirit alive.
They have fundraised for Paul Sartori, managing to donate over £3,000 by jointly walking over 4000 miles.
They have welcomed new team members and now have 30 regularly training and are able to easily field two teams every weekend.
Some have volunteered to play for opposing teams who have not been able to field a full team.  They are a great bunch and the parents and coaches are extremely proud of this amazing team.

t Ishmaels CC Under 11s (Finalists)
The St Ishmaels Cricket Club under 11s are a relatively new team, with quite a few players making their cricket debut in the 2021 season.
Due to Covid this was their first season playing hard-ball cricket, and what a season it turned out to be. They played numerous friendlies and league games, and only lost 2.
They exceeded everyone's expectations by reaching the Under 11 League final, beating teams with multiple regional players along the way.
They may not have won the final, but they are an amazing group of children who play the game for the right reason; they play for each other.