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Evans promotes BBC award

The BBC has chosen women’s rugby star Non Evans to promote its annual ‘Unsung Hero’ award in Wales The award recognises outstanding contribution by individuals at the grassroots level of local sport and Evans – now a national sporting icon in Wales – has been urging people to vote.

Evans was part of the Wales womens rugby World Cup campaign, and though her side finished a disappointing ninth, she was a key member of the squad once again. She has also represented Wales at weightlifting and judo, and is due to compete in Olympic free style wrestling in the Commonwealth Games.

The BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award sees everyone in the UK invited to nominate people who have made a difference to their community through sport.

A winner is chosen in each BBC English Region and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Wales Unsung Hero winner will be announced on Monday, 6 December.

Each winner then gets the chance to join the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards where the overall Unsung Hero winner is announced.

In promoting the campaign in Wales, Evans picked out her own personal Unsung HeroGwyn Griffiths, 70, a trainer who she says has been an invaluable help to her in her sporting career.

"Gwyn has been a fantastic inspiration and great help to me," said Evans.

"He's a speed, agility and fitness trainer, who is also a former 400m runner himself

"He's been involved helping out female athletes with their training for years and he does it all for the love of the sport.

"When I broke my leg a few years ago I really thought I would never run again, but it was Gwyn who got me back up and running again, he's a truly inspirational trainer and just a great guy."

Last year's overall winner for Wales was Arthur Jones (79), Secretary of the Carmarthenshire Junior, Senior and Mini Football Leagues and a life member of the West Wales Football Association.

You can nominate and vote here.