Grŵp Llandrillo Menai teenage student Tirion Thomas - recent winner of the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year's 'Unsung Hero' award - narrowly missed out on claiming the UK title at the prestigious awards' ceremony.

Broadcast live on national television from Media City in Salford, hosted by Gary Lineker and Clare Balding and watched by millions, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is BBC One's long-running, end-of-year sports review show, and it remains, for some viewers, one of sport's most prestigious awards' ceremonies.

19-year-old Tirion from Bala was shortlisted for the award along with the other 14 UK regional winners having won the Wales national award for her volunteering achievements. The result was announced during a performance by Rick Astley of the charity single 'Every One of Us', featuring all 15 of the 'The Unsung Heroes' nominees (made up of NHS key workers and charity fundraisers), with proceeds going to Children in Need.

She has just completed her Health and Social Care Level 3 studies at the Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau campus, achieving distinctions across the board. She is now studying Midwifery at Swansea University. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai comprises Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

Tirion is a tireless campaigner concerning issues close to her heart. Still a teenager, she has already racked up over 500 hours of volunteering for both the college and her community.

She was the first of the college's Active Ambassadors to be selected for Sport Wales' 'Young Ambassadors Welsh National Steering Group'. She was instrumental in developing and supporting the newly-established Active Ambassador Programme at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The Active Ambassador Programme is designed to develop leaders of the future across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai promoting the importance of health and well-being and participating in physical activity.

She has also been heavily involved in the Period Dignity Campaign recently launched by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and is now a member of the National Sport Wales Period Campaign - 'We Are On It. Period.'

A keen rugby player, Tirion has untiringly volunteered alongside stakeholders from her local rugby club in Bala. Tirion has also captained the RGC women's team.

After being presented with the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year's 'Unsung Hero' award, Tirion said:

This award recognises the contribution of everyone I have worked alongside to raise awareness of the benefits of fitness, a healthy lifestyle and how they contribute to our well-being, making us all winners in our own right. The Grŵp's Active Ambassadors programme is a fantastic way to get involved, have fun, stay healthy and to make a real difference.

Additional awards like Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and World Sport Star of the Year were announced on the night, while Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United footballer, received a special award in recognition of his work to raise awareness of child food poverty.

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