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We can't wait to celebrate Swansea Bay's most inspirational people!

One of Swansea Bay’s biggest community awards is back – and it’s time to make sure the local champions in our city’s, towns, villages and streets get the recognition they deserve. After unfortunately having to postpone our 2020 celebrations, we are looking forward to celebrating the remarkable and inspirational individuals from across Swansea Bay in 2021.

South Wales Evening Post Editor, Jonathan Roberts, reflected on the past year: “Despite the pain and the sadness of a year with coronavirus, we have also witnessed the remarkable resilience of our community. We have seen kindness and generosity, we have seen courage, we have seen the very best of human spirit.

“Our community awards event is billed as a night for heroes – and this year they truly deserve a moment in the spotlight.”

The South Wales Evening Post Community Awards will be held as a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 29th April 2021 from 6.30pm.

Please click here to register for your free tickets to attend the virtual event. 


The Event

Virtual Awards Ceremony
Thu 29 Apr

our host – Frances Donovan

Frances Donovan is a journalist and presenter with more than twenty five years experience hosting live and recorded television and radio programmes.

She’s anchored coverage of the Olympics and Commonwealth Games for BBC Wales; European Championship Football for ITV Sport; Rugby World Cups for ITV Wales; English Premiership Rugby for ITV Sport; The Open golf, Wales Open golf, International snooker and bowls for the BBC as well as athletics for Channel 4. She was the first female host of BBC Wales’ iconic rugby show, Scrum V as well as presenter of the Saturday results programme Wales on Saturday. She has also been a regular face presenting sports news bulletins for BBC Breakfast and the BBC News Channel. She is a regular presenter for Premier League Productions who cover English football’s top flight for an international audience.

Away from sport, Frances created and presented ‘Give a Dog a Home’ for BBC Wales, highlighting her passion to find good homes for rescue dogs. She has also co-anchored ITV Wales’ arts and entertainment programme The Wales Show where Ricky Gervais, Rhys Ifans, Catherine Zeta Jones and Stereophonics have numbered amongst her guests.

On radio, Fran has been a regular presenter of BBC Radio Wales’ interactive morning show for several years as well as co-host of ‘Football Nation’ for Real Radio.

She is also an experienced and popular host of live events. The Welsh Government; NCR; The National Trust, Media Wales; The Football Association of Wales; the Football Association and the WRU are just some of the organisations who have asked her to anchor their award ceremonies or publicity events.

Frances is an ambassador for the Welsh Football Trust; St John’s Ambulance and the Dogs Trust. She is a passionate advocate for animals and has two rescue dogs of her own.


Meet Our Shortlist

Covid-19 Hero

Ellie Phillips
Janet Keauffling
Ros Evans

Grassroots Sports Coach

Christopher Davies
Holly Molino
Christopher Williams

Sporting Excellence

Jay Harris
Brett Johns
Tennessee Randall

Community Champion

Ian Jenkins
Thom Lynch
Tony Wall

Carer of the Year

Cath Dyer
Mair Ellery
Patricia Ann Woodman

Child of Courage

Kian Aliffe
McKenzie John
Stephen Pegler-Loach

Teacher / Mentor

Ben Clifford
Russ Dwyer
Giorgia Jenkins

Charity Fundraiser

Des Lally
John Llewellyn
Baywood Belles

Good Neighbour / Volunteer

Steve Burgess
Geraint John
Anthony Quinn-Flipping


Damian Fermandel
Jo Morris
Becky Watkins

Lifetime Achievement

Lynne Sanders
Ray Singh CBE
Sean Stillman


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Covid-19 Hero

Teacher/ Mentor of the Year

Grassroots Sports Coach of the Year

Community Champion

Charity Fundraiser

Good Neighbour/ Volunteer


Carer of the Year


Sporting Excellence

Child Of Courage

Lifetime Achievement Award

Extra Mile Award

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Contact Us

For any event enquiries, please contact Regional Events Manager, Louise Symonds or Regional Events Executive, Simone Joynes. For any sponsorship enquiries, please contact Key Account Director, Claire Martin.

Louise Symonds
Regional Event Manager | South
Simone Joynes
Event Executive | South
Claire Martin
Key Account Director (Events) - Midlands and Wales
Jane Smallwood
Head of Event Management