Sporting stars in running for national awards
GYMNASTS from Neath, a pair of athletes from Carmarthenshire and a Mumbles rower have been announced as our region's hopes to scoop gold in a national awards ceremony.
Five of our sporting stars are in the running to be named winners at the Wales Sports Awards.
The new awards ceremony, supported by BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales, aims to recognise the very best of elite and grassroots sport in Wales.
Gymnast Sian Lewis from Neath-Afan Gymnastics Club is aiming to stand head and shoulders above the competition in the Young Coach of the Year category.
Fellow gymnast and club member Nicola Lewis hopes to score top marks from the judges to be named Community Coach of the Year. She is up against pole vaulter Ed Thompson hopes to clear the bar and do Carmarthenshire proud.
Nathan Jones from Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club is in the running for Young Volunteer of the Year.
Those four are joined by Chris Terry from Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club aiming to be named Volunteer of the Year at the awards ceremony in December. They are one of three competitors in each category.
Head of sport at BBC Cymru Wales, Geoff Williams said: "On the strength of the nominees we've seen so far it will certainly be a night to remember.
He congratulated the nominees, adding: "It was a tough field and all those reaching the final should feel very proud."
Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales said: "Picking out these finalists is such a fantastic job, but so difficult at the same time. Some outstanding individuals didn't make the top three, but we really have found the cream of the crop.
"This is an outstanding group of people who are a credit to their fellow coaches and volunteers. Every year I am humbled by the dedication of these women and men to sport in Wales and I'm looking forward to hearing more about their inspirational work."
The awards night will be held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff on December 9.
The category of Coach of the Year is between Wales Netball coach Melissa Hyndman, Wales Rugby coach Warren Gatland and Welsh Cycling's coach Darren Tudor.