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COMMONWEALTH HOPES FOR ‘COFIO ROBIN’ CHARITY

The ‘Cofio Robin’ charity met recently to discuss the applications received. It is so pleasing to see that the world of sport is slowly returning to normality following the uncertain Covid-19 period.

Two that have received continued support from ‘Cofio Robin’ have their sights on the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Birmingham in 2022. Both individuals have acknowledged the difference the award has been to enable them to concentrate on their training and progress. It would be wonderful if they qualified and even better if they got a place on the podium.

The first of the two is Catrin Jones from Penrhosgarnedd who is a weightlifter. Catrin has already been informed that she will be competing in the Commonwealth Championships in December 2021 and hopes are high for her to compete in Birmingham next Summer.

The second high award was to Medi Harris from Borth y Gest who is currently a student at Swansea University and competes in swimming at 50m and 100m backstroke. Medi’s recent competition times in the pool means that she is in contention to be included in Wales’ swimming squad for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022. We sincerely hope that her ambitions will be achieved.

This year again applications were received from various field of sports and it was very encouraging to see new names as well as those that have been assisted in the past. This year over £10,000 has been given to eighteen young sportspersons from Gwynedd and Conwy.

‘Cofio Robin’ are extremely proud of the success of the recipients of the award.


Charity helps young sportspersons in the Covid pandemic  

Robin’s Memorial Trust has once again assisted young sportsmen and women from Gwynedd and Conwy donating over £11,000 to 29 individual this year.  Twenty nine applications were received from a wide variety of sports (16 in all) from weightlifting and climbing, sailing and fishing to skiing and snowboarding as well as cricket, rugby and football. 

The pandemic has impacted greatly on training and competing for all applicants.  This has proved extremely challenging and for this reason the Trustees decided that as an exception this year a minimum of £100 would be given to all applicants. 

Catrin Haf Jones a weightlifter from Bangor is aiming to compete in the Commenwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 and she was given the highest award of £1,500. 

Receiving £1,250 is Medi Harris from Borth y Gest who also has the Commenwealth Games in her sight as well at the World Championships.

Another £1,000 each was offered to Arwen Fflur from Rhosgadfan who ranks high in the sailing world.and to Catrin Williams from Caernarfon who has won many medals in Windsurfing.  A further £1,000 to Maisie Potter from Bangor who aims to compete in snowboarding at the Winter Olympics in 2022.

£500 each is offered to Huw Ifan Davies from Bethesda and Teleri Davies from Bala, both aiming to play rugby for Wales in the near future.  Kieran Forrest is a renowned climber from Llanrug and he will receive £500 as will Catherine Elin Roberts from Bethesda who is making her mark in swimming butterfly stroke.

Morgan Jones from Chwilog competes in Fly Fishing and has already received 4 caps competing for Wales and has captained the Welsh team.  £300 was donated to Morgan and a further £300 to Llio Mair Parry from Brithdir near Dolgellau who has reached the under 17 Welsh Ladies Cricket Team.  The same amount was given to Ffion Mair Roberts from Abergele who is an athlete and student at Cardiff University and has won medals in the Welsh Championship as well as Brisith Universities Championship.

£250 each was donated to Anna Wyn Houghton from Carmel who plays football, Lowri Howie from Llanbedr near Harlech who competes in Alpine Sking, Owain Rhys Humphreys from Llanfaglan, Caernarfon who competes in Clay Piegeon Shhoting and Samia Jones from Caernarfon who is a runner.

A further 6 received a contribution of £150 and seven a contribution of £100.
All candidates have been informed and from the replies received the contributions are very well received


The 2020 round of applications for financial support is now open. All applications must be received by September 30, 2020.

Application form (pdf) - click here

Application form (word) - click here


Receipients of awards from Cofio Robin Memorial Trust delighted

Seven individuals from Gwynedd and 5 from the county of Conwy have been awarded between £250 and £1,500 each from the Cofio Robin Trust to assist with their sporting achievements. The total amount donated in this round was £6,750.

Catrin Jones, weightlifter from Penrhosgarnedd was the recipient of the highest award and she explained how the previous award in October 2018 had allowed her to excel in her sport and made such an immense amount of difference to her training. She recently broke the British Junior and Welsh Senior Record in Snatch and is currently in very good form.

The youngest to be awarded a donation is Lowri Howie from Llanbedr near Harlech who is making her mark on the ski slopes. She won the Sportsperson of the year at the Anglesey and Gwynedd School Awards 2018-19 and she has won many awards on a national level and attends a ski academy in the Alps over the winter.
Catrin Williams is an accomplished windsurfer from Caernarfon, has represented Britain on European and World level and is currently progressing to train with Olympic equipment.

Arwen Fflur from Rhosgadfan, was referred to as “undeniably the best female Optimist sailor in the UK currently” and she was “truly grateful” for the award.
Fantastic news was the response of Kieran Forrest from Llanrug, who is currently taking a year out from education to concentrate on his climbing training and hopefully make an impact competing in the Senior sector.

Others that were awarded contributions were Tomos Land (Llanrwst – triathlon), Ffion Mair Roberts (Abergele – running), Tyler and Tasmyn Green (Rhostryfan – sailing), Keira Luke (Colwyn Bay – sailing), Freddi MacLaverty (Colwyn Bay – sailing) and Bethany Doga (Rhos on Sea – sailing)

The closing date for the next round of applications with be 30th September, 2020.

Catrin Jones

Catrin Haf Jones (Weightlifting) - £1,500

Catrin Williams

Catrin Williams (windsurfing) - £750

Arwen Fflur

Arwen Fflur (sailing) - £750

Credit to Neil Shawcross for this picture

Lowri Howie

Lowri Howie (sking) - £750

Lowri Howie

Kieran Forrest (Climbing) £750

 


Charity shares £8,000 to young sports men and women from Gwynedd and Conwy

In the latest round of applications for “Cofio Robin” (the Trust set up in memory of Robin Llyr Evans from Llanbedrog who died in 2015) – it was wonderful to receive 31 applications from a wide range of sports ranging from judo and fishing to swimming and climbing. The standard of applications again were very high and it was agreed to distribute £8,000 between 14 of the most accomplished individuals.

Medi Harris from Borth y Gest (swimming) and Osian Dwyfor Jones from Caernarfon (hammer thrower) were both chosen as Ambassadors for the charity in the Summer of 2018 and it was wonderful to be able to offer them a further grant to assist them financially. Medi has been successful recently in being chosen for the British Team for the European Junior Swimming Champtionship and Osian is current Welsh champion and is aiming to be part of the British team competing in the Olympic Games 2020.

An individual that impressed the Trustees was Catrin Williams from Caernarfon with her sailboarding. She has represented Britain in European and world championships.

There were another four that reached high level, Arwen Fflur from Rhosgadfan and Ewan Luke from Colwyn Bay (both sailing) Kieran Forrest from Llanrug (Climbing), and Ania Denham from Llaniestyn who plays football.

Further donations were given to another seven applicants. Osian Davenport (fishing), Gregory Hopkins (cycling), Holly Jones (judo) Cameron Shaw (triathlon), Sophie Rawling (football) and Frances Smith (wheelchair tennis) and Ioan Dafydd Hughes (swimming).

We hope to hear more about their success on national and international level soon.

Next round of applications’ closing date is September 30th, 2019.

Samia Jones

Catrin Williams (windsurfing) - £1,250

Catrin Jones

Medi Harris (swimming) - £1,000

Maisie Potter

Osian Dwyfor Jones (hammer throwing) - £1,000


Over £6,000 awarded between 10 young sporting individuals

The first round of applications for the Robin Llyr Evans Memorial Trust received a great amount of interest. 36 applications were received and the standard was very high.

The Trustees met up recently and it was decided to fund 10 applicants.

The three to receive the highest award were : Samia Jones (a runner from Caernarfon), Catrin Jones (a weightlifter from Bangor) and Maisie Potter (a snowboarder from Bangor).

These three have already achieved a great deal on the National and International stage and we look forward to hearing of more success in future.

The other receipients are as follows – Oliver Barbaresi (runner), Owain Rhys Humphreys (clay pigeon shooting), Martyna Ruskowska (swimming), Alice Bennett, Miles Margetson, Michael Wood (all hockey) and Rhodri Slaven (kayaking).

We wish each and every applicant every success in their chosen sport.

The closing date for the next round of applications is March 31st, 2019.

Application form - click here


AmbassadorsSuccessful Launch

We had a successful launch of the charity at Porthmadog on August 31. We were very pleased to welcome 7 of the 8 ambassadors.

In the picture from left to right Dafydd Gwyn Jones (golf), Teleri Davies (rugby), Medi Harris (swimming), Morgan Williams (rugby), Gwenllian Pyrs (rugby), Ioan Jones (golf), Osian Dwyfor Jones (hammer throwing).

Closing date for the first round of applications is approaching - October 5th, 2018.


Official Charity Launch

This will take place on the 31st of August, 2018.


The closing date for the first round of application is October 5th, 2018.

Forms available from the “Application Form” tab on the website and should be returned to post@cofiorobin.co.uk


Thanks to Delwedd

We wish to give our sincere thanks to “Delwedd” for designing the website free of charge for the charity. They have co-operated in a professional manner and have created a website that we are extremely proud of.

 

Robin