Friday 11 Oct 2013 @ 11:25
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St David Award on show in Llandudno Junction
The First Minister, Carwyn Jones has called for people from across North Wales to recommend someone they feel deserves recognition for their outstanding achievements – and the award to be won will be on display at the Welsh Government office in Llandudno Junction.
The St David Awards scheme is unique to Wales and recognises the achievements of people from all walks of life, regardless of their origin or background.
Winners of the award will receive a hand-forged award designed by award-winning Welsh sculptor Gideon Petersen. The award itself will be on show to the public in Llandudno Junction at the Welsh Government office for the next three weeks (from 21 October) as part of a tour of Wales.
The design takes inspiration from the Welsh word awen, meaning “poetic inspiration” and is forged from mild steel with a base made of Welsh slate.
The Awards themselves will be an annual feature of Welsh life celebrating those people who do exceptional things, inspiring others and making a real difference to the quality of life in Wales.
There are eight award categories for which anyone can be nominated, these are:
• Innovation and Technology
• International; and
• Young Person
There is also a ninth award, the First Minister’s Special Award, which will be chosen personally by the First Minister and for which people cannot be nominated.
The finalists and eventual winner of each category will be decided by dedicated judging panels, each chaired by Lord Rowe-Beddoe. The finalists will be announced in a gala reception on the 9th January 2014. The St David Awards ceremony will be held on the 13th March 2014 in Cardiff, where the winners will be announced.
Speaking at the launch of the Awards, the First Minister said:
“We may be a small country but our achievements are great. When I announced my intentions to hold these awards earlier this year I wanted to be able to recognise those great achievements, which so often are made by the ordinary people of Wales, people who work tirelessly for others and make a real difference to the quality of life in Wales and expect nothing in return.“Most of us have been fortunate enough to meet someone like this at some point in our lives and now is our chance to give something back. I would urge people to fill out the form and nominate anyone they feel deserves recognition and give them the opportunity to be put in the spotlight.”
Nominations are open until the 5th November 2013.