Rugby legend inspires Cymoedd learners


Coleg y Cymoedd learners were recognised for their achievements at the annual Prize Evening event, held at the Showcase Cinema, Nantgarw.

Over 200 guests joined the celebrations to congratulate the learners as they received their awards from guest speaker, Welsh Rugby legend Gareth Thomas. The learners from across all departments had been nominated by their tutors, who were in attendance to support their learners.

Welcoming the guests, Principal Judith Evans said “Each year I am overwhelmed to hear the success of our learners, some overcoming personal barriers to achieve their goals. We are so proud of your success and wish you well for the future.  Recognition should also be given to parents, partners who have been there, supporting you along the way and also to our staff who I know will have gone the extra mile to help you”.

Joining the guests were members of the Corporation Board including the Chair Nigel Bayford who opened the event, representatives from industry, sponsors who supported the event and college staff.

In his address guest speaker Gareth Thomas congratulated the learners and gave a truly inspirational account of his personal background and how he motivated himself to achieve his successful career.

The Performing Arts learners, studying at the Rhondda campus provided the evening’s entertainment with two excellent performances of ‘Dancing on my own’ and ‘Can’t stop the feeling’. Delyth Way, also a Performing Art learner compered the evening. Each member of the Senior Leadership Team played a part in the event, introducing the award winners and sponsors.

The college was delighted to welcome Dr Sarah Cockbill PhD, Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, who presented a certificate and cheque to Kristian Hallett, who achieved excellent grades in his A Levels and will start his degree course at Oxford University in October 2017 to read History.

Securing one of the overall Awards for Overcoming Barriers was Christopher Rhys Thomas, despite facing health related difficulties from a teenager, he was determined to achieve his qualification and always put 100% effort into his work.  He completed his Level 1 and 2 computing courses, progressing to Level 3 which he passed with DDD (Triple Distinction).  He’s been accepted at the University of South Wales to study Computing.

Scooping one of the top awards for Outstanding Achievement for his exceptional ability, dedication and work ethic was Calum Haggett; who achieved A* & A’s in his recent A Levels. A true all-rounder, Calum captained the college rugby team and Wales Under 18 Rugby Team on their tour to South Africa.  He has secured a place at Imperial College, London to study Biomedical Sciences.

Receiving his award Calum said “It has been a great pleasure studying at Coleg y Cymoedd.  I’ve received a lot of support from my lecturers.  I feel extremely honoured that they have put me forward for this award, I can’t thank them enough for it”.

Also receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award was apprentice Przemyslaw Nalej who was nominated for his steely determination to succeed and excellent standard of work; no mean feat as he has only learnt English from 11 years of age. He was also awarded Apprentice of the Year at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff’s Graduation Day.

Rugby legend inspires Cymoedd learners



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