A celebration day for Carmarthenshire Young Ambassadors has taken place with pupils from Carmarthenshire schools.
The event was hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Actif Sport and Leisure team and celebrated the achievements and dedication of Carmarthenshire’s Young Ambassadors as well as inspire them to continue along the programme.
The pupils, aged from eight to 21, are part of a national programme that aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport, and to help encourage their peers to become hooked on sport.
Carmarthenshire’s programme is hailed as sector-leading and has over 300 active Young Ambassadors in primary, secondary schools and colleges.
They are champions of PE and school sport in their school / college, working closely with teachers to organise sporting events, lead and organise lunchtime activities and supporting older leaders to deliver sessions in their school and community.
Commonwealth athlete and marathon runner Caryl Jones was in attendance at the event, held at Pembrey Country Park, along with a number of other young athletes, including gymnasts Nikara Jenkins, Abigail Hanford and Lauren Carmon, as well as wheelchair basketballer Oliver Griffith.
They spoke to the Young Ambassadors about their experiences of representing Wales and Great Britain.
The children also took part in several activities delivered by a number of partners including Scarlets, Hockey Wales, Ski Pembrey and Actif Club and a question and answer session led by silver and gold ambassadors who spoke about their ambassadorial experience.
Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole was also present. He said: “It has been a pleasure to see the Young Ambassador programme grow and move from strength to strength here in Carmarthenshire and to see the opportunities that it creates for young people, by empowering them to be role models for sport, health and wellbeing in their own schools.
“Thanks also to key partners for their support on the day including Youth Sport Trust, Sport Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Family Information Services, Brecon Carreg and Tesco (Llanelli).”