Sport and Exercise Science Student awarded the Norah Isaac Memorial Award


09.07.2019

Guto Morgans, a BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness) Student in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was the winner of the Norah Isaac Memorial Award this year.

Guto Morgans

A native of Carmarthen, Guto was presented with the award during a special ceremony held in Carmarthen recently. The Norah Isaac Memorial Award is awarded annually to a student who has contributed in various ways to promote the Welsh language and its culture within the University, and is given through the generous support of Carmarthen Civic Society.

Miss Norah Isaac was the Principal Lecturer in Welsh and Drama for many years in Trinity College, Carmarthen where she inspired generations of students. She nurtured her students into skilled teachers, and they are grateful for the opportunity that they had to be taught by such a talented woman.  

Students are nominated for the Award by the University staff, and this year, the BSc Sport and Exercise Science lecturers were pleased to present Guto for the award.

The course is aimed at those who have an interest in outdoor sport, health, and physical activity and wish to deepen their understanding of the functioning of the human body. It can be studied through the medium of Welsh. Click here for more information about the course.

“Guto promotes the Welsh language in all aspects of his work within the University and beyond. Recently, he has been part of the University’s marketing campaign ‘Two languages, twice the opportunity’ in order to promote the opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh” said Geraint Forster, a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

“He received an Incentive Scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, obtained the qualification of Language Skills Certificate in 2018, as well as completing the ‘Welsh and your Career’ modules in 2017 and 2018, and through this he successfully trained a member of staff in the triathlon field through the medium of Welsh. Now that Guto has gained a qualification in the field of Personal Training from the University, he is training four people through the medium of Welsh.”

“With funding from the University, Guto also competes at international level in triathlon competitions, travelling to Estonia and Switzerland for the European Triathlon Championships, and will travel to Canada for the 2020 World Championships” Geraint adds.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, the University’s Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor said, “The University congratulates Guto on his achievement and we thank him for his commendable contributions promoting the Welsh language during his time as a student with us. He presented all his academic work through the medium of Welsh, doing so in a discipline that has very limited Welsh resources. Guto has recently been an outstanding ambassador for the University in several contexts, and he fulfilled his role effectively. We thank him for all his efforts and wish him all the best in the future.”

Guto takes pride in his Welshness, and he uses and promotes the language in all aspects of his life, within and outside the University.

“It’s an honour to win this award considering how influential Norah Isaac was as a person, and I was very excited when I found out I had won it this year. I’ve had fantastic experiences whilst studying the course through the medium of Welsh, and I would certainly encourage others to look at Welsh courses, as well as getting involved with Welsh activities in the University.”

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476