This year’s Disability Sport Wales Awards will be broadcast online on Friday 24 June and will celebrate an outstanding year of achievements by athletes, organisations, coaches and volunteers – from grassroots sports to the Summer and Winter Paralympics.
Following the success of last year’s awards ceremony – to which everyone in Wales was welcome to attend, attracting a record audience – the 2022 awards will once again be a virtual ceremony.
Hosted by broadcaster Sam Lloyd and triple Paralympic and six-time World Championship gold medal-winning shot put and discus star Aled Davies, the ceremony will showcase the strength and depth of emerging and elite talent there is in Wales.
It will also celebrate 10 years of the highly successful insport programme, which serves as a toolkit for inclusive cultural change for clubs, National Governing Bodies, sport development and Third Sector organisations. The work that insport has done over the past 10 years to establish inclusive practices within the sector has been powerful.
The success of the insport programme in Wales was also showcased when the Welsh Rugby Union became the first National Governing Body to achieve the insport Gold Standard, recognising its commitment to providing a ‘jersey for all’ across the different formats of the game in Wales.
The SPAR-supported insport Series Events have also enabled connections between thousands of disabled people of all ages to sport and local opportunities within insport Clubs; and has seen some of them, like Beth Munro, go on to win medals at the Paralympic Games.
In addition, the Performance Pathway Hub programme is dedicated to finding, inspiring, supporting and coaching the next generation of athletes – enabling individuals to reach their potential within sport. It has enjoyed its most successful 12 months ever, with another busy programme of activities starting in the autumn.
Before that there is the Para Sports Festival (1-7 August). Based at locations in and around Swansea Bay, the inaugural Para Sports Festival will be a feast of para sports for people of all ages to try – together with wheelchair rugby, deaf rugby and shooting tournaments. The week-long festival concludes with British Ironman and British Triathlon Championship races.
And Team Wales will send a strong team of medal-winning hopefuls to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (24 July-8 August) – including the Disability Sport Wales virtual awards host Aled Davies, who will be aiming for his first Commonwealth gold!
So with a busy few months of grassroots and elite para sport ahead, June 24th is the perfect time to relax, reflect and celebrate a year of outstanding success for Disability Sport Wales.
And headlining the awards will be the announcements of who has won the top five categories:
- The insport Award
- Emerging Athlete of the Year
- Inspiring My Journey
- Athlete of the Year
- Jim Munkley Lifetime Achievement Award
“The awards have always been an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that people and organisations do in Wales for inclusive and disability sport,” says Fiona Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Sport Wales.
“Behind each athlete and participant there is a huge network of people, and this is the time where everyone’s achievements can shine.
“Last year, because of the circumstances we were all in, we had to do our awards differently and we learnt a lot from that. It was incredible to have the whole of Wales as the venue in which people’s successes could be shared, and we wanted to create that again.
“During the period of the last twelve months which has been absolutely unique, we look forward to sharing the stories of the people and organisations who have underpinned and achieved so many phenomenal things.”
The Disability Sport Wales virtual awards will begin at 7pm on Friday 24 June and it can be viewed online: