Posted: Mon 8th Feb 2016

Gemma becomes UK’s first Gold Young Ambassador for Basketball /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

A pupil at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern has recently been selected as the Basketball Gold Young Ambassador for Anglesey, the first role of its kind in the United Kingdom. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Gemma Thomas, who is currently studying for her AS levels, was chosen as the Gold Young Ambassador for Basketball through the Young Ambassador scheme which is run by Anglesey Council’s Sport Development Unit on behalf of Sports Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

She will be running weekly sessions developing running and wheelchair basketball players to feed into the Ynys Môn Celts Basketball Club and Anglesey Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Club, both based at Holyhead Leisure Centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern’s A Level Physical Education teacher, Tom Williams said, “Gemma has excelled as a participant in netball, cricket and basketball; her desire to improve the quality of sport and physical activity sessions delivered to children and young people is inspirational, and she has already started selecting and coaching a Bodedern school team for the inaugural North Wales Inclusive Zone Basketball Competition (a school competition combining running and wheelchair basketball on the same court).” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anglesey Council’s Active Young People’s Officer, Aron Evans added, “As a current volunteer with the Ynys Môn Celts Basketball Club and a Silver Young Ambassador at Bodedern Secondary School, it’s clear that Gemma’s passion is basketball. She’s represented her country at a number of tournaments, including the European Small Country Championships under 16s and has been selected to be a part of the Wales under 18s squad for 2015-16. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Gemma is the perfect candidate to take on this new role, she is a hardworking, reliable coach, and is an inspiration to her fellow pupils; running three weekly lunchtime sessions and recently setting up her own after school basketball club based at the school.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anyone interested in taking up Basketball or Wheelchair Basketball please contact your local clubs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ynys Môn Celts Basketball – ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anglesey Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Club – ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales

More from Anglesey Council

Scheme to Convert Empty Blaenau Ffestiniog Pub into Flats to Come Before Planners Again

Anglesey Council

Volunteers needed for Menai Suspension Bridge bi-centenary celebrations

Anglesey Council

Anglesey Councillor Provides Free Guitars to Local Youngsters

Anglesey Council

Four Political Parties Prepare for Race to Elect North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

Anglesey Council

Measures taken to protect public after Anglesey building destroyed in blaze

Anglesey Council

Devoted Bangor Fundraiser Glenis Watkin Pearce Dies at 91

Anglesey Council

Latest from News.Wales

Public Consultation Launched for ‘No-Gas’ Housing Development Near Maesteg

Bridgend Council

Opponents of Proposed “Super-Estate” in Wrexham Call for Public Meeting

Wrexham Council

Disused Newport leisure centre deemed safe by council officials

Newport Council

Plans Revealed for Fourth Phase of Rhondda Fach Active Travel Route

Rhondda Council

Fear of Diluted Local Voice in Vale of Glamorgan Community Council Changes

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Smallest School in Rhondda Cynon Taf to Close Despite Strong Opposition

Rhondda Council