A student and an Alumna of Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy were honoured this week alongside other women from across Wales at the Chwarae Teg annual Womenspire awards ceremony.
Held in the Wales Millennium centre, Womenspire 2018 is an awards ceremony which celebrates the achievements of remarkable women through a number of categories. Former student and Olympian Mica Moore from Newport was presented with the Sport Award in recognition of her role as an ambassador, encouraging women to take part in sport, whilst current student Nicole Kinnaird from Cardiff was presented with the Learner award for her determination in not allowing her serious disability to stop her from achieving her goals.
Mica represented Great Britain at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and along with her teammate, gained Britain's highest ever ranking by a female bobsleigh team. She gained many awards and accolades from her sprinting career, competing for Wales on an international level, and now uses her position to encourage women into sport.
Nicole re-entered education as a mature student and is studying for a BA (Hons) in Education, Psychology, & Special Education Needs at Cardiff Met. She developed strategies to help her dyslexic son through school, and believes by specialising in Psychology & SEN she can help more pupils achieve their potential through understanding their learning needs and finding ways to overcome them.
Acting Dean of Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy Julia Longville said: "I am delighted that both Mica and Nicole have had their inspirational stories heard through the Womenspire awards this week and the recognition they have received is thoroughly deserved. I am proud and humbled by the impact they both have on women and communities across Wales and beyond."
The Womenspire awards attracted applications across a range of categories from women working in science and engineering, to women in rural Wales; from women in sport to the rising star award for women only just starting out in their careers. In addition, two awards were presented to businesses illustrating a commitment to improving diversity and enabling women to progress and thrive in the workplace.
Chwarae Teg Chief Executive, Cerys Furlong, said:
"Womenspire is now in its third year, and getting bigger and better each time. We have always said that Womenspire is an awards like no other, and that is because we want to celebrate the achievements and amazing stories of women from all walks of life, all parts of Wales and with different stories to tell.
"For us at Chwarae Teg, it's about recognising the enormous talent of all women, doing incredible things, often under the radar, but who are nonetheless inspirational to so many others. We see it as our role to shine a light on everything they do, because all too often the work of women, and the contributions they make every day go unrecognised and unfairly rewarded.
"We want to end that. Because we have our eyes on the big prize. That prize is a truly equal Wales where men and women share power, responsibility and opportunity."