The Coleg Cymraeg are glad to announce that Trystan Ap Owen of Aberystwyth will be the first to receive Gwobr Merêd and will receive the award during a special event at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod.
Numerous nominations were presented but it was decided that Trystan was a worthy winner due to his achievements while studying BA Drama and Theatr through the medium of Welsh at the University of South Wales.
Trystan, who has recently graduated with first class honours degree and received an award for his outstanding contribution to the course, was over the moon to receive the news:
‘‘Keeping it a secret was difficult but I phoned Mum straight away to share the good news! Receiving this award means a lot to me and being presented with the award at the Eisteddfod will no doubt be a fantastic feeling.’’
Trystan’s grandfather, who was born and bred in Llanegryn knew Merêd and his family well and would have been delighted to hear that Trystan would be the first ever winner.
‘‘Merêd will be remembered for years to come and this award is a way of celebrating his devotion. Being the first to receive the award is an honour and I hope that the award will be celebrated and treasured for many years.’’
Aside from his studies, Trystan accomplished many things during his three years at the Atrium. He was responsible for establishing the university’s Welsh Society and was also the Welsh language student voice representative. He represented the Coleg Cymraeg as an ambassador and held bilingual drama workshops for children at Sherman Cymru.
Dr Hefin Jones, Deon of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said:
‘‘I think that Dr Meredydd Evans would have been pleased with the decision made by the judging panel. Trystan has been more than happy to challenge and ask questions about the status of the Welsh language, both inside and out of the institution. Undoubtedly his enthusiasm and dedication to furthering the use of Welsh testified to his bravery, wisdom and amiability as well as his ability to battle and encourage.’’
Trystan will be presented with the award during an event at the Coleg Cymraeg stand at the National Eisteddfod on Tuesday 4 August at 2pm. A copy of the full programme of events can be found here