Here's the Last List of Finalists for the Inspire Wales Awards before Tuesday's Black Tie Event

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Here's the Last List of Finalists for the Inspire Wales Awards before Tuesday's Black Tie Event


THE annual Inspire Wales Awards are almost upon us once again. It is time for those unsung champions who selflessly strive to make Wales a better place in which to live get their moment in the spotlight.

Leaders, innovators and rising talents from the arenas of business, education, science and technology, the environment and arts, media and creative industries will be recognised for their endeavours.

The winners will be announced at a lavish black tie event at Cardiff City Hall on Tuesday, but for now here's a list of the finalists in the remaining three categories.

YOUNG ACHIEVER Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities | Ainsley Kate Richards SINCE being appointed Young Ambassador for Sport in 2010, this 18 year old from Swansea's Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr has endeavoured to get as many on her contemporaries as possible top get active and hooked on sport The chair of the Young Ambassadors' Welsh Steering Group - a Welsh Government funded scheme initiated by Sport Wales - Ainsley has interviewed everyone from top athletes to local politicians and has even visited Parliament to talk to MPs about the YA movement and the plans to develop it following the London Olympics, actions which have seen her feature on S4C and in the Wall Street Journal.

She's also the only young person in Wales, and one of our youngest ever, to be among the 50 Britons to be picked to train in the post-Olympic Initiative as future sport leaders.

Awarded National Young Volunteer of the Year and City of Swansea Young Coach of the Year in 2012, she is the official ambassador of Badminton Wales and recently assisted the coaching of the national U13 squad.

| Georgia Garner DESPITE having the developmental coordination disorder known as dyspraxia, 16-year-old Georgia beat of the bullies at school and found a purpose for her life through running.

The pupil from St David's College in Llandudno became Welsh U17 cross country champion earlier this year, as well as Senior Schools cross country champion , North Wales Senior Women's cross country champ and bronze medallist in the UK Cross Country Championships She also represents Colwyn Bay Athletics Club, which is where she first fell in love with running.

With Olympic heroes like Jessica Ennis and Paula Radcliffe as inspirations, all Georgia thinks about is getting her Team GB vest and has even carried the Olympic torch to local schools and hospitals to try and be an inspiration to others.

| Tom Gripper EVEN at the tender age of 17 this Carmarthen lad is exemplifying a flair for filmmaking - in fact, he eats, sleeps and breathes it.

Running his own production company called Broadside with four friends - already old hands in producing promos for organisations, events and businesses - Tom has, to date, made several finished films and has spent the last 10 months producing and directing his second feature-length film called The Legend of Jebus Crisp, which he also wrote.

In order to make it the Queen Elizabeth High School pupil secured PS3,850 in grant money and raised a further PS385 by bag packing at his local supermarket - its premiere is scheduled to be held at the Vue cinema in Carmarthen later this year.

With die-hard imagination and enthusiasm Tom can command and energise a 45-strong team of cast and crew (all aged between 12 and 23) with ease and hopes in five years to be making films for a living.

Sportsponsored by Sport Wales | Hilary Williams AN RE teacher at Mountain Ash Comprehensive, Llandaff's Ms Williams has been an integral part of the Rhondda Ladies hockey club for 20 years.

Indeed, she stuck around as coach despite the club's numbers dropping as players gave in to offers to play the sport at a higher standard elsewhere - loyalty which proved her to be the catalyst in it turning into a family- orientated success boasting a number of teams of all ages and abilities and thriving social itinerary.

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