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Star-studded awards held for the first time in Wales

By EPerkins1  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

By Liz Perkins

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GORSEINON rugby star Leigh Halfpenny, Welsh rugby coach Warren Gatland and singer Cerys Matthews are among the stars to be celebrated at tonight’s St David’s Awards.

They are among the incredible people to be recognised on the special occasion to mark the first awards of its kind in Wales.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones unveiled the new awards system, which is aimed at championing the achievements and successes of people living right across Wales.

There are a number of categories as part of the awards, including bravery, citizenship, culture, enterprise, along with innovation and technology.

Prizes will also be presented for sport, international, young person and First Minister’s Special Award.

Mr Jones, ahead of tonight’s ceremony, said: “These awards were established in order to celebrate the amazing achievements of the people of Wales. People who go above and beyond their call of duty to make life in Wales better for others.

“I’m really excited for tonight’s ceremony and in particular to announce the winner of my Special Award.

“This is our chance to say thank you. Each one of the finalists should be proud of their achievements — I am told it was not an easy task to pick the winners.”

Welsh rugby star Leigh, aged 25, who plays full back for the national team, along with the team’s coach Warren, aged 50, have been nominated for their contribution towards Welsh sport.

Other nominees include Karin Williams, a school crossing patrol officer from Rhoose, who was nominated in the bravery category.

She took the step of putting herself between a group of youngsters and a car which lost control outside a school.

Meanwhile, Antur Waunfawr, a social enterprise in Caernarfon, nominated for the Enterprise category for work to provide job and training opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Tonight’s ceremony will be hosted by Welsh presenter Gethin Jones and broadcast on S4C at 8.25pm, with English commentary available through the red button.

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