On Saturday, June 18th, we were delighted to send a crew to welcome Catrin Lisa Jones (Catrin, Cae Du) - the 2016 Royal Welsh Lady Ambassador-as she finished her Royal Welsh Challenge of kayaking the Merionnydd coastline- a distance of 33 miles- finishing at Aberdyfi.
This year’s Lady Ambassador for the 2016 Royal Welsh Show is Catrin Lisa Jones, 26, from Cae Du, Rhoslefain.
Each year the lady Ambassador completes a challenge to help with the host county’s fundraising appeal.
“ I am honoured to be The Lady Ambassador for this year and I wanted to find a Lady Ambassador Challenge that was a little bit different.” Said Catrin. “ I also wanted to support another charity and chose Wales Air Ambulance which plays such an important role in our area.”
“ No other challenge has involved water and as Merionnydd is the host county this year I came up with the idea to kayak around the coastline of Merionnydd – a total of 33 miles – starting at Borth y Guest and finishing in Aberdyfi.” “ I certainly had to do some training as I haven’t done very much kayaking before. I tried to get myself as fit as possible and went to Glan Llyn a few times and trained on Tegid Lake.”
“ The longest I had kayaked in training was 11.5 k so to complete 33 miles was certainly a challenge!”
“ We set off at 6.30am on Saturday morning June 18th and with only one stop at Tonfanau we arrived at Aberdyfi on a beautiful evening , with blue skies and sparkling water, at 8.pm.”
“ I really enjoyed the whole experience and it was wonderful to see near the finish that Aberdyfi Rowing Club had come out on the estuary to meet us and escorted us on the last leg into Aberdyfi. “
“To have a crew from Aberdyfi Rowing Club rowing along beside us and to see my support group waiting at the beach was just overwhelming.”
“I have had great help and encouragement right from the start. My fellow kayakers on the challenge were Luned Evans, Iwan Williams and Cellan Lewis so I want to say a massive thankyou to them.
Also I couldn’t have managed without Gwasanaeth awyr agored Urdd, who were involved with planning and co-ordinating my challenge.”
“A special thanks for all the support from Bryncrug Young Farmers Club, and of course from all my friends and family.”
“ I am so pleased to have been able to raise funds for Merionnydd and Wales Air Ambulance and to have had a wonderful time doing it!”