Inspirational young ambassadors have joined 143 people across Wales in carrying the baton for the Queen’s baton relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Youth Sport Trust spoke to four of its Young Ambassadors who took part. Following his love of golf, Jordan Rosser - Youth Sport Trust and Sport Wales gold Young Ambassador - said carrying the baton through Pontypridd in the Queen’s relay was a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
After finding his passion for the sport when he was 11, Jordan challenged Golf Development Wales to adjust the rules for disabled golfers so that he could compete in mainstream competitions. At 13 he started coaching to disabled golfers and promoting disabled golf, and he was awarded for his work as runner up for the BBC Sport Wales Young Coach of the Year in 2015.
Now 18, Jordan is heavily involved in a number of volunteering roles including working with Disability Sport Wales - despite having M.E and eight disabilities.
He said “It is a huge privilege, and it was amazing to take part and be involved in such a huge event alongside other Young Ambassadors.”
Being an Ambassador is a brilliant opportunity, it is a chance to promote sport to others, get young people more involved in sport, and teach others the benefits of sport and also a way to be a positive role model.
Bronnie Griffiths (19) from Aberdare also took part in the Pontypridd part of the relay. She started as a Youth Sport Trust and Sport Wales Young Ambassador three years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
I have loved every minute – it has built my confidence enormously being a young ambassador. I feel really privileged to have been chosen to take part in the Queen’s baton relay – it is a special opportunity and was great to see everyone do their part and enjoy themselves.
Chloe Jordan (17) from Pontypridd said carrying the baton is an achievement to be proud of: “Carrying the baton in front of my family is definitely an achievement I am proud of but also to show the other silver and bronze Young Ambassadors in my area what amazing opportunities you can have by being part of the programme.”
After being a young ambassador for four years, Lauren Williams (18) from Llanidloes said that she was excited to hold the baton itself ahead of the relay.
“I'm overwhelmed just to be a part of the Queen’s Baton Relay and to touch the baton itself will be amazing. I'm looking forward to being able to share the moment with fellow Young Ambassadors, giving them an incentive to continue the vital work they do.”
Chloe, Bronnie and Jordan volunteer and work with Disability Sport Wales as well as the Youth Sport Trust and Sport Wales.
James Ledger, from Disability Sport Wales, has worked with Bronnie and Jordan across a number of different volunteering projects.
“These Young Ambassadors are key panel members for the Disability Sport Wales National Youth Board,” James said.
“They are the voice for young people with a disability in Wales. Their enthusiasm and passion for disability sport is wonderful to see and their ability to adapt any session to suit the needs of all participants is remarkable.”
There are over 2,800 active young ambassadors in schools, colleges and Universities across Wales. The Young Ambassador Programme aims to recruit, train, deploy and celebrate the outstanding individuals who volunteer their time in sport.