AoC disability sports award for inspiring student

16-10-18

A Coleg Sir Gâr sports student has won the Association of Colleges Achievement in Disability Sport award.

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

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.

As a college ambassador, disability student liaison officer and course representative for Coleg Sir Gâr’s extended diploma in sports development, Oliver is in a perfect position to promote disability sports at college and in the community. 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. He is also running a college wheelchair basketball team that has competed in British and Welsh Colleges cups.

With over 280 college volunteering hours overseen by the Millennium Volunteer scheme and travelling from Llandovery to study every day, Oliver Griffith-Salter is impressing his tutors.

Rhian Davies, Coleg Sir Gâr sports lecturer said: “Oliver is a great role model and is dedicated to his sport.

“As well as competing at international level for Wales and GB, Ollie has also undertaken coaching qualifications, coaching in local schools and the community and at college, ensuring more people have the opportunity to take part in disability sports and basketball.

“For such a young man to not only progress his own training but to coach and mentor individuals, it shows how passionate he is, he thoroughly deserves this award.”

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