Disability Sport Wales welcomed its brand new National Youth Board (NYB) in its first official meeting at the International Sports Village in Newport on Sunday 5th March.
The NYB has been introduced by DSW with the aim to enhance the voice of young people within the realms of disability sport in Wales. After undergoing an intense application process, eleven successful applicants were chosen for their attitude towards inclusion, their passion to inspire and their drive to contribute to transforming lives through the power of sport. The board covers the length of breadth of the country enabling its impact to reach the whole of the nation.
The first meeting provided members the opportunity to get together for the first time to discuss their visions and aspirations for the board, as the expert voice of young people in Wales. In-line with the aims of DSW, the new board members will work to increase and enhance the opportunities available for disabled people to participate in sport; develop the DSW performance program that currently produces world-class athletes; and strive towards making Wales the most inclusive society in the world.
James Ledger, Co-ordinator of the NYB said “we had a fantastic first meeting with the Disability Sport Wales National Youth Board, which was held alongside the Gwent insport Series event at Newport. Their passion and determination to make changes in Wales was great to see. Amongst the board, we have a great mix of personalities; I for one am extremely excited for the next stages of the board’s actions. They are the voice of young disabled people in Wales and they will no doubt contribute to transforming lives through the power of sport!”
DSW considers the introduction of the NYB to be a critical step forward in ensuring that the voice of young people is heard. Not only will it be vital to the work that is done on the ground but it will also contribute to the DSW Executive Board, ensuring that young people remain a core factor in the key decisions that are made.
Jon Morgan, CEO of DSW said “we are delighted to launch the Disability Sport Wales National Youth Board. With such a dynamic, inclusive and diverse group of young people from all across Wales I am very excited to see this group grow, and advise and support our organisation as we move forward. This Youth Board will be a core part of the Disability Sport Wales team moving forward and will help us to ensure that we are truly reflective of the needs of young people”
DSW welcomes Alex Griffiths, Bronnie Griffiths, Chloe Jordan, Eabha Roberts, Frances Smith, Gareth Picken, Harri Evans, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Rosser, Katie Moore and Terri Richie as the brand new National Youth Board. It is great to have an exciting group of young people that will empower and inspire a proud inclusive sporting nation.
Meet the new board here: http://bit.ly/2lI27fK