A VALE of Clwyd gymnastics coach has been honoured as one of just three lockdown heroes throughout the whole of Wales.

Lauren Jones has been honoured by the Welsh Gymnastics Association for her contribution to the well-being of her young pupils during the Covid-19 lockdown.

At the association’s annual dinner and presentation in Hensol, Cardiff, the 20 year-old coach at the Ruthin and Denbigh Gymnastics Academy was presented with a “Lockdown Hero” trophy to mark her outstanding efforts.

Lauren, whose mother Tamsin Jones is principal of the Academy based at Clwyd House on the Denbigh Industrial Estate, was nominated for the award by the grateful parents of some of the youngsters under her care and tuition.

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Only three Lockdown Hero awards were made for the whole of the country with Lauren being the only coach from North Wales to be selected.

Their efforts were recognised for going above and beyond their duties during the pandemic in their contribution within gymnastics and their community.

The other two Lockdown Heroes in Wales were Leah Whiffin (Cardiff Central) and Sharon Evans (Carmarthenshire School of Gymnastics and Neath Afan Gymnastics Club.

Lauren's citation said: "Lauren went above and beyond during lockdown, setting up Zoom meetings, WhatsApp groups and organising everybody. 

"She worked tirelessly to keep the gymnasts up to date with skills and fitness; she was inspirational, and children looked forward to their weekly sessions. 

"Lauren did an amazing job keeping the gymnastics family together and supported people with their mental and physical health through lockdown.

"She is kind and caring towards the children and encourages them no matter what. 

"Once lockdown regulations had been lifted, she kept everyone safe, cleaning between each session and following regulations."