Wales Rugby Union sevens star, Lee Williams ambassador for Gemau Cymru 2014
Wales Rugby Union sevens star, Lee Williams, Table Tennis under 18 British gold medalist Ryan Oyler and Sioned Hiscocks, Wales netball under 21 player are just some of the sporting ambassadors of Gemau Cymru 2014.
Held this year during the weekend of the 4, 5, 6 July 2014 at different locations in Cardiff, this multi-sport event organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru sees 1,000 young people between 9 and 20 years of age compete in a variety of different sports on a national level.
For the first time this year, rugby clubs have been invited to compete via the Wales Rugby Union, giving some of the clubs the opportunity to bring outstanding teams to play in the rugby sevens competition. Five clubs will compete at the event: Welsh Exiles 1, Welsh Exiles 2, Crawshays RFC, Welsh Academicals RFC and Welsh Charitables.
Wales rugby sevens star, Lee Williams said: “Gemau Cymru is a great opportunity for children and young people to savour competitions on an all Wales level, using some of Wales’ best arenas. It is an opportunity to take the first real steps to selections for Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic sports.
“Sevens rugby is one of the fastest growing sports since its inception as an Olympic sport. Wales won the Rugby Sevens World Championship five years ago and compete in 9 World Series events annually across the world. Players like James Hook and Jamie Roberts have passed through the Sevens unit with me emphasising the vital component it can play in a players pathway.
“No doubt, some of these young players at Gemau Cymru have the potential to reach the very top of their game. I wish the Urdd and its partners the very best at Gemau Cymru 2014, and am delighted to act as an ambassador to the rugby competitions for the event.”
This is the fourth year for Gemau Cymru, a national multi-sport event arranged in Wales to be held. Hosted by the Urdd and its partners, sporting competitions include athletics, gymnastics, netball, table tennis, canoeing, triathlon, aquathlon, rugby sevens and netball. Athletes are invited to compete following the selection process advised to Gemau Cymru organisers by the national sporting governing body. These include Welsh Schools Athletics Association; Wales Rugby Union; Canoe Wales; Wales Gymnastics; Welsh Netball; Welsh Triathlon and Table Tennis Wales.
The event will begin with an opening ceremony on Friday 4 July offering youngsters the opportunity to meet athletes from different sporting arenas at Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre during the afternoon. Then during the weekend, the venues will be open to the public welcomed in to support competitors. They include Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Sports Wales National Centre, National Indoor Athletics Centre Cardiff Metropolitan, Maendy Leisure Centre and Cardiff International White Water.
Efa Gruffudd Jones, Urdd Gobaith Cymru Chief Executive said: “Gemau Cymru is a partnership between the different sports governing bodies, the Urdd and the sponsors HSBC, Doodson Insurance, Sport Wales and the Welsh Government. We thank them for their continued support and look forward to welcoming 1000 youngsters, families, friends and coaches to the capital to participate. We are especially grateful to Cardiff University for its physiotherapy team support.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase and develop Welsh sporting talent, whilst also giving young people the opportunity to hear and use the Welsh language through their sporting activities. Whilst the competitions are at the fore of this event, the social element and the discipline required to take part in an event such as this, is a unique development opportunity for young people.”
Below is some of the material created by the Gemau Cymru digital project volunteers; a joint project with the Urdd, Welsh Government, Golwg 360, C2 Radio Cymru and Avanti TV.
Here's an interview with James Corney, a member of the British Canoeing Team, after competing in Gemau Cymru 2013.
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A word from Tim Lloyd, multi-sport coach and Director of Always Aim High events about Gemau Cymru:
“It is great that the Urdd can include a triathlon competition in their multi-sport event. As a triathlon events organiser, Gemau Cymru is a great opportunity to nurture new talent and awaken young people’s interest in the sport. I hope to see them in our events in future, competing along side prominent people such as David Brailsford.”
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