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County’s sporting heroes honoured

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RUGBY player Jonathan Davies has been named Sports Personality of the Year at the Carmarthenshire Sports Personality Awards ceremony.

The Scarlets and Wales centre from Bancyfelin was amongst a host of talented sportsmen and women from across the county who were shortlisted for this year’s awards.

Winners from across the county were honoured for their achievements at Ffrwnes Theatre on Friday night (Feb 2).

Amman United RFC: Team of the year

The event, organised by Carmarthenshire County Council’s sport and leisure team, recognises and rewards people of all ages and abilities who contribute to sport in Carmarthenshire.

Executive board member for culture, sport and tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, said: “This was an excellent evening, celebrating the huge amount of sporting talent that we have in the county. I was also especially pleased to present a special recognition award to Wyn Gruffydd for his contributions to the Welsh language through his sports commentating.”

Sports Personality of the Year: Jonathan Davies, Rugby (Scarlets)

Young Sportswoman of the Year: Ella Barnwell, Cycling (Carmarthen)

Disabled Sportsman of the Year: Oliver Griffith-Salter

Young Sportsman of the Year: Ben Thomas, Cross Country and Athletics (Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli)

Disabled Sportsman of the Year: Oliver Griffith-Salter, Basketball (Llandovery)

Disabled Sportswoman of the Year: Tyler Charleston, Skiing Slalom and Giant Slalom (Llanelli)

High Performance Sports Coach of the Year: Wayne Pivac, Rugby (Scarlets)

Community Sports Coach of the Year: Jenny Jones, Squash (Carmarthen Squash Club)

Sports Volunteer of the Year: Marc Jones, Rugby (Ammanford)

Young Sportsman of the Year: Ben Thomas

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year: Joshua Boyce, Bowls (Kidwelly Bowls)

Team of the Year: Amman United RFC

Young Team of the Year: Tîm Pêl Rwyd Parc y Tywyn

The Ryan Jones Memorial Award for Outstanding Services to Sport: Tudor Thomas (Bynea Cycling Club) and Christopher Jones (Newcastle Emlyn Rugby Club)

 

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Static Bike Challenge

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Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.

Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.

On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.

Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:

“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”

Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.

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