There are only a few weeks to go before the closing date for this year’s Welsh Learner of the Year competition.
Entries must be in by 31 March at the latest to be considered for what has become one of the National Eisteddfod’s main competitions over the past few years.
The competition is open to anyone who has learnt Welsh and is aged over 18. Past winners have come from all over Wales and beyond – with more than one winner living and working in Patagonia! Many people enter the competition when the Eisteddfod is held locally, but there’s no need to wait – why not enter in 2016? It’s easy to take part. Download the entry form from the Eisteddfod website, www.eisteddfod.wales/competitions/learners. You may complete the form yourself or get someone to nominate you for the competition.
Many competitors are nominated by friends, family or Welsh tutors. Learning any language is a challenge, and the Welsh Learner of the Year competition is the ideal way to recognise achievement and to congratulate someone on their success.
People learn Welsh for so many different reasons. Some choose to learn with their children, others learn because of their work or where they live, and some learn because they’re looking for a new challenge. Whatever the reason, learning Welsh not only gives you an extra skill, but access to another culture, which is vibrant, growing and forward looking.
Last year’s winner was Gari Bevan from Merthyr Tydfil, and he says, “Learning Welsh has been such an important part of my life. My children were educated through the medium of Welsh, and it’s great for me to be able to speak to them and my grandchildren in Welsh now. I would encourage everyone to learn Welsh, and if you have, why not enter the Welsh Learner of the Year competition?
“Winning the competition has been a great experience – I never thought I’d win when I heard I’d reached the final. And I hope that winning the competition will inspire others to send in an application. And ‘pob lwc’ to anyone taking part this year.”
If you’d like to find out more about the competition, ring Gill Griffiths on 0845 4090 300 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All details on how to enter can be found online.
The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is held on Castle Meadows, Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August. For more information go online.