The nominations have been revealed for the Actif Carmarthenshire Sport Awards 2018 this week.

Emma Wheeler - Sports Personality of the Year

A LLANDYBIE special needs advisory teacher has been nominated for Carmarthenshire’s Sports Personality of the Year after competing at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii this year.

Emma Wheeler, 51, was the first British woman across the line at the event in October, which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and full marathon.

She qualified for the world championships after placing third in her age category at the Welsh Championships in Tenby, raising thousands of pounds for LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity in the process.

Emma said: “I’m really pleased to be nominated. And I think it is nice to see people who only got back into sport when they were a bit older being recognised. It shows that anybody can get involved.”

Madison Davies - Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

An Amman Valley schoolgirl who has jumped her way to become a part of the Special Olympics team has been shortlisted for the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award.

Ysgol Y Bedol pupil Madison Davies is currently a Disability Artistic British Champion and the newest member of Team Wales.

The 11-year-old only competed in her first Trampoline and Artistic Gymnastics season last year but has gone onto represent Wales as well as her school across the UK.

Maddie trains five days a week and attends monthly sessions with the Welsh squad across the country.

Discussing her nomination, Maddie told The Guardian: “I am very excited about going to the awards.

“I am going to wear a prom dress.”

Maddie has also been shortlisted at the Neath Port Talbot Physical Activity and Sport Service (PASS) Awards and will find out if she’s won in January.

Oliver Griffith-Salter - Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Oliver Griffith-Salter, from Llandovery, is paving the way for disability sports, coaching as far as Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy and Worcester Wolves wheelchair basketball team.

As a result of his commitment he has been shortlist for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

His sporting achievements in wheelchair basketball are inspiring and include selection for GB U19s, Welsh U19s and U23s squad which he captained. He also captained the Wales squad in the UK School Games and currently plays for a division one premiere league team.

He’s worked with three secondary schools in Llanelli to get all children with a disability involved in sport as well as introducing Inclusive Zone Basketball (IZB) in schools followed by a community IZB team for young children.

Lucy Packer - Young Sportswomen of the Year

YSGOL Dyffryn Aman student Lucy Packer has been nominated for Young Sportswomen of the Year after shining for Wales on the rugby 7s stage.

Most recently Lucy, 18, was named as captain of the Wales Women Development Squad for the Dubai 7s.

Having shone in a Dyffryn Aman side who won the Rosslyn Park 7s as a 17 year old, Lucy went on to win bronze for Wales U18 Sevens at the Youth Commonwealth Games before graduating to the senior side at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Paris and Hong Kong Sevens as well as Rugby Europe events.

Nathan Jones - Sports Volunteer of the Year

The Assistant Coach of Amman Valley Harriers Junior section has been nominated for volunteer of the year.

As well as helping out with the Ammanford youngsters, Nathan Jones volunteers with Healthy Life Activities triathlon events in Ammanford and Carmarthen, been an official and administrator at a number of school events across West Wales and is the media officer for Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club for the past three years.

Aled Jones-Davies - Community Sports Coach of the Year

The coach who was central to bringing back the Cilycwm fun run two years ago has been nominated for Community Sports Coach of the Year.

Aled Jones-Davies has been recognised for his work with Taf Running and Orienteering Team in Carmarthen.

He re-introduced the Cilycwm fun run two years ago, something he loved taking part in as a child before it stopped.

The now-annual event helps to raise thousands of pounds for Llandovery Community Hospital and other local causes.

Ammanford Cricket Club - Team of the Year

After winning a cup double and securing a fourth placed finish in the South Wales Premier League this season, Ammanford Cricket Club have been shortlisted for team of the year.

The club’s first team lifted Premier League T20 competition, and followed that up with the Welsh Cup after victory over Neyland.