Once in a lifetime opportunity for young baton bearers

Inspirational young ambassadors have joined 143 people across Wales in carrying the baton for the Queen’s baton relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Inspirational Young Ambassadors have joined 143 people across Wales in carrying the baton for the Queen’s baton relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Following his love of golf, Jordan Rosser – a Gold Young Ambassador from Rhondda Cynon Taff - was among one of the young people chosen to take part.

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 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 17, Jordan is heavily involved in a number of volunteering roles including working with Disability Sport Wales and Golf Development Wales - despite having M.E and eight disabilities. He said carrying the baton through Pontypridd in the Queen’s relay was a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“It is a huge privilege, and it was amazing to take part and be involved in such a huge event alongside other Young Ambassadors,” Jordan said.

Being a Young Ambassador is a brilliant opportunity, it is a chance to promote sport and physical activity to others, get young people more involved in sport, and teach others the benefits of sport while being a positive role model.

Jordan says that being a Young Ambassador has helped him to cope with M.E by taking part in his chosen sport through coaching it to others.

Bronnie Griffiths (19) from Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taff also took part in the Pontypridd leg of the relay. She started as a Young Ambassador three years ago - and hasn’t looked back since.

She said:

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.

Bronnie is a first year student studying Sports Leadership and Development at the University of South Wales. She is involved with several organisations such as Sport Wales, Girl Guiding Cymru, Active Valleys, Disability Sport Wales, as well as the Youth Sport Trust. All of these play a huge part of her life as she tries to help people and young adults make the most of their lives through sport.

James Ledger, from Disability Sport Wales, has worked with Bronnie and Jordan across a number of different volunteering projects.

“Both Bronnie and Jordan 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 and physical recreation.

Richard Dando, Senior Officer at Sport Wales, said: “It’s great to see Young Ambassadors being rewarded with opportunities like this for their commitment voluntarily to organising, advocating and delivering sport and physical recreation in school and communities across Wales.”

The Young Ambassador programme in Wales is run in partnership between Sport Wales, the Youth Sport Trust and Local Authority and National Governing Body of sport development teams. Click here for more information.

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