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About the awards

About the awards

The St David Awards annually recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales. They acknowledge people who are making a real difference for this country – either at home or abroad. They are great marks of distinction and the highest accolades that Welsh Government confers on our citizens nationally.

The Awards reflect and promote the aspirations of Wales and its citizens to be a modern, vibrant country, with a growing reputation as a confident and clever nation valuing innovation, community spirit, and above all its people.

They operate over the entire country - they are the "awards of awards" and the natural destination for all those who have won other sectoral or community awards.

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The Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee members for the St David Awards 2016 will meet in December 2015 to shortlist and recommend three Finalists in each award category for consideration by the First Minister so that he may choose the winners. More about the advisory committee
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The Awards Trophy

The first, prestigious St David Awards trophy commission to have been awarded competitively was given to eminent artist and sculptor Gideon Petersen. More about the trophy
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Awards Ceremony

Date

23 March 2017

Venue

Senedd, Cardiff

Award categories

There are nine St David Awards. Each award is given in a specific category of activity and achievement, decided upon by the First Minister of the Welsh Government and his advisers.

Bravery Award

Citizenship Award

Culture Award

Enterprise Award

Innovation, Science & TechnologyAward

International Award

Sport Award

young person Award

First Minister's special Award

  • Bravery Award

    This is an award for an individual or group in Wales who have demonstrated remarkable courageous behaviour or character: doing what is right in difficult situations. This may entail simple fearlessness or physical bravery and involves acting in spite of possible harm to one's self.

  • Citizenship Award

    For an individual or group in Wales who, through their unselfish actions have served the public good. These could reflect "active citizenship" in which citizens have worked towards the betterment of their community through economic participation, public action, volunteer work, and other such efforts to improve life for their fellow citizens.

  • Culture Award

    This is an award for an individual or group in Wales who have excelled in the arts and other forms of cultural achievement, expressed in any art form, language or medium.

  • Enterprise Award

    This is an award for an individual or group in Wales who through their endeavours have achieved remarkable success in business. This may include the creation of meaningful employment for oneself and others.

  • Innovation, Science & TechnologyAward

    This award is for an individual, group or research team in Wales who have developed techniques or solutions that meet new requirements and provided effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are available to society at large.

  • International Award

    This award recognises any individual or group from Wales who have, through their work, personal prominence or influence, promoted Wales or who have made an outstanding contribution internationally.

  • Sport Award

    This award is intended for an individual, team or group in Wales who have achieved or helped achieve excellence in the field of sport.

  • Young person Award

    This award will be given to an exceptional and inspirational young person or group of up to 19 years of age in any field in Wales.

  • First minister's special Award

    This award is in the personal gift of the First Minister - you cannot nominate for it directly. The award may not be automatically awarded annually and may depend on currency and relevance as well as merit. It could reflect collective as well as individual achievement. The recipient may be selected from one of the other award winners or may be selected independently of them.

 

The 2017 awards timeline

  • Mar10

    Award
    nominations open

  • Oct21

    Award
    nominations close

  • Feb16

    Short listed Finalists announced

  • Mar23

    St David Awards Ceremony