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Non Evans launches Wales' BBC Sports Unsung Hero search

Non Evans and Gwyn Griffiths
Non Evans praises her personal "unsung hero" Gwyn Griffiths

Welsh sporting great Non Evans has urged everyone to nominate their BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2010 in Wales.

Swansea's Evans has represented Wales at rugby, weightlifting and judo, and is due to compete in Olympic free style wresting in the Commonwealth Games.

The award honours individuals from the world of grassroots sport, Evans herself praising Gwyn Griffiths, 70, for helping launch her career.

"Gwyn has been a fantastic inspiration and great help to me," said Evans.

"He's a speed, agility and fitness trainer, who is also a former 400m runner himself

"He's been involved helping out female athletes with their training for years and he does it all for the love of the sport.

"When I broke my leg a few years ago I really thought I would never run again, but it was Gwyn who got me back up and running again, he's a truly inspirational trainer and just a great guy."

BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award
BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award

Now in its eighth year, the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award recognises and rewards outstanding contribution by individuals at the grassroots level of local sport.

Across the UK everyone is invited to nominate people who have made a difference to their community through sport.

A winner is chosen in each BBC English Region and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Wales Unsung Hero winner will be announced on Monday, 6 December.

Each winner then gets the chance to join the sporting stars of today at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 at Birmingham's LG Arena in December, where the overall BBC Sports Unsung Hero winner is announced.

Nominations should be made for people who go the extra mile to change the lives of others through sport and who deserve to be recognised for their selfless work on the part of others.

Nominees should be people who, on a voluntary basis, prepare facilities, roll the pitch, coach the juniors, run local sports leagues or work behind the scenes so that sport can be played and enjoyed by people throughout the UK.

Once the nomination process has been completed, a shortlist of nominees in each area is chosen by a panel made up of BBC regional sports staff, local sporting figures and other independent community figures, with a winner being picked by that judging panel.

Last year's overall winner for Wales was Arthur Jones (79), Secretary of the Carmarthenshire Junior, Senior and Mini Football Leagues and a life member of the West Wales Football Association.

Arthur has been involved in football in Carmarthenshire as a player, manager and club secretary for almost 60 years.

BBC Wales Head of Sport Geoff Williams says: "Unsung Hero is one of the key awards in the sporting year in Wales, and it is always a privilege to shine the spotlight on people who work so hard, often for decades, on behalf of others.

"This is a chance for their valiant and valuable efforts to be recognised."

How to make a nomination

If you know someone who deserves to be a Sports Unsung Hero, please complete the following form:

Nomination form (Word document)

Send the completed form before the closing date of midnight on Friday, 29 October 2010 to:

Lawrence Hourahane,
Sports Unsung Hero 2010,
BBC Wales,
Room C221,
Broadcasting House,
Llantristant Road,
CF5 2YQ.

Or e-mail your nomination form to

To enter, you must ensure all the sections are filled in. Any nomination that doesn't include details of the nominee cannot be accepted.

Your nominee must be informed and have agreed to being entered, nominees may be asked to appear on BBC TV and/or radio.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decision.

The competition complies with the BBC's Code of Conduct on Competitions and Voting. For full Terms and Conditions, click here.

see also
Search for Wales' Unsung Hero
30 Oct 10 |  Wales
BBC Sports Unsung Hero - Terms & Conditions
09 Sep 10 |  Sports Personality

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