Sporting excellence was recognised and honoured at a special awards ceremony held last month.
The Môn Actif Sports Awards 2023 saw some of the Island’s finest athletes, coaches and volunteers celebrated for their achievements.
Teams and individuals were shortlisted for a variety of prestigious awards during the ceremony hosted by former Wales international footballer, Owain Tudur Jones, at Beaumaris Leisure Centre.
Môn Actif Young Ambassador, Eli Jones, from Ysgol David Hughes, opened the event before several guest speakers presented the awards. The evening also received special support from the Seindorf Beaumaris Band.
It was the first ceremony since the COVD pandemic with over 500 award nominations received.
Môn Actif Sports Development Manager Barry Edwards said, “The event celebrated outstanding individual and team sporting achievements over the past two years, and it also recognised the hard work that takes place by coaches and volunteers across the County on a weekly basis. Thanks to their hard work, people of all ages and abilities can participate in their chosen activities.”
“I would like to thank all the guest speakers, dignitaries, sponsors and everyone who attended this special evening. The event also helped highlight the importance of community engagement and Môn Actif will be looking to further strengthen local collaboration to help expand sporting provisions on Anglesey. We now look forward to the 2024 Ceremony and building on this successful year.”
Leisure portfolio holder, Councillor Neville Evans added, “It was a fantastic evening, highlighting the wonderful sporting achievements by Anglesey residents and clubs. I hope it will inspire both children and adults to be more active and to take part in new activities, helping to bring communities together and to promote a healthy way of living.”
Chief Executive Officer, Dylan Williams said, “It was great to see the wide array of talent we have on Anglesey. I’d like to congratulate all nominees and I’d like to thank everyone involved with organising the event. It’s important to celebrate achievements as well as recognising hard working individuals that help enable sporting participation.”
“The evening provided an opportunity for the Council to champion its sportspeople and their fantastic achievements over the past 12 months. Taking every opportunity to champion the Island and the success of its residents is one of our core values as an organisation.”
Official photos from the awards – taken by Phil Williams – can be seen on the Môn Actif social media Pages.
Here are the winners from all the categories:
|Junior Club of the Year||Clwb Criced Borth & Clwb Rygbi Llangefni|
|Senior Club of the Year (18+)||Warriars Môn|
|Junior Sportsman of the Year||Celt Francis|
|Junior Sportswoman of the Year||Casi EvansCatrin Stewart|
|Personal Achievement Award||Kieran Jones|
|Senior Person of the Year||Osian Perrin|
|Insport Club of the Year||Trearddur Bay Allstars Football|
|Young Ambassador of the Year||David Owen|
|Volunteer of the Year||Susie Griffiths|
|Coach or Manager of the Year||Catherine Rowley|
|Youth Team of the Year||Ynys Môn Gymnastics|
|Senior Team of the Year||Anglesey Pickleball & Amlwch Town FC Walking Football|
|Partnership of the Year||Parkrun evets (Newborough, Nant y Pandy, Plas Newydd)|
|Event of the Year||Always Aim High – Sandman Triathlon|
|Service to Sport||Darren Owen|
|Island Games Special Recognition||All Island Games sports|
Special thanks to the following companies, businesses, and organisations who sponsored each category and ensured the event could take place.
|Dura Sport||RAF Valley|
|Achieve More Training||North Wales Spraying|
|Always Aim High||Blakemore Foundation|
|Disability Sport Wales||Go Design|
|Youth Sport Trust||Gogledd Cymru Actif|
|Canolfan Beaumaris||MAD Sound|
|Beaumaris Band||Beaumaris Town Council|