A 19-year-old volunteer from Llandudno has overcome the odds to be nominated for a Wales Sport Award.
Joseph Jones, grew up with a speech impediment leaving him lacking in self belief but since joining the Healthy Image programme with the Conwy Youth Service two years ago he has found a new confidence.
The Young Volunteer of the Year nominee said: “I wasn’t comfortable in speaking situations but volunteering has given me a huge amount of self belief because it’s really pushed me out of my comfort zone.”
Jones coaches a multitude of sports including football, tennis and badminton. He couples this with his final year at Coleg Llandrillo studying Information and communications technology and caring for his mum, Michaela who had a stroke six years ago.
Mr Jones said: “Mum says I’ve matured a lot since volunteering and she’s proud that I’m a role model for younger kids.”
Already this year, Jones has picked up the Millennium 50 award which rewards 50 hours of sports based volunteering.
He said: “I just love seeing the enjoyment on their faces. We don’t see them drinking as many fizzy drinks or eating as much fast food now. Their fitness levels have improved too. I guess I enjoy giving back to the community – in fact, it makes you feel great!”
The winners of the Wales Sports Awards will be revealed at a ceremony at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay on Monday December 5.