Gower Riders Cyling Club is celebrating after four of its members were named as finalists at the prestigious Welsh Cycling awards.
Amongst the nominees are three young people who have been recognised for their work in inspiring the next generation of cyclists.
Aled Davies, aged 13, Ben Fox, aged 15 and Elen Govier, aged 12 have all been shortlisted in the Inspiring Young Person of the Year category, as a result of their work as Welsh Cycling Young Ambassadors.
The voluntary position sees them act as role models to the younger members of the club, through leading various aspects of training sessions and helping to organise club events. They also regularly promote the sport and the club by attending various community events.
Speaking after the announcement of his shortlisting, Aled said:
“I’m really thrilled to be shortlisted for this award. I’ve had a great year as a Young Ambassador and have enjoyed helping out at club sessions and at Welsh Cycling events.”
Fellow nominee, Ben added:
“I really enjoy helping others to get as much enjoyment out of cycling as I do and to be nominated for this award alongside Aled and Elen is a great achievement. The three of us work closely together at club sessions and thoroughly enjoy encouraging others to improve their cycling skills.”
Reacting to her nomination, Elen said:
“I really enjoy helping out at club sessions and I’ve also lent a hand at UsGirls sessions, which aims to get me girls into cycling. Being shortlisted in this category is fantastic and I can’t wait for the awards ceremony.”
The nominations for Aled, Ben and Elen follows on from them being Highly Commended in the Good Volunteer Category at the South Wales Evening Post Community Awards earlier this year.
As well as the nominations in the Inspiring Young Person category, the club is also celebrating a fourth member being named as a finalist. Club secretary and coach Phil Walton has been recognised with a nomination for the Club Volunteer of the Year award.
The nomination comes as a result of his tireless work in attempting to establish a dedicated cycling facility and permanent base for Gower Riders in Swansea. This work has seen Phil spend countless hours meeting with local politicians, council officers, potential funders and contractors. In addition, Phil also ensures the smooth running of the club in his role of secretary as well as leading sessions as one of the club’s coaches.
After hearing of his nomination, Phil said:
“I’m very honoured to have been put forward for this award. I thouroughly enjoy the variety of roles I carry out for Gower Riders. As a coach I get a lot of satisfaction in seeing our young riders progress whilst I hope my role in helping to establish a cycling facility will have a long-term impact on the sport locally.
Gower Riders Chairperson, Kath Elias said:
“We are very proud of all our finalists at the Welsh Cycling Awards. Aled, Ben and Elen are three youngsters who love cycling, but more importantly are developing into responsible young adults who are gaining the leadership skills that will serve them well in the future, both inside and outside the sport.
We are also very fortunate as a club to have Phil amongst our ranks. He devotes endless hours to the club, whether as a coach, secretary or in leading our attempts to secure a permanent home in Swansea.
This project has been going on for many years and the fact that a city the size of Swansea doesn’t already have a dedicated cycling facility is something we as a club would like to change. With Phil at the helm, we are sure that this is something we can achieve.
We wish all four nominees the very best for the awards night.”
The winners of the Welsh Cycling Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff and Saturday 12th October 2019.