We are delighted that Thabo (Tee) Khumalo has been shortlisted for this year’s Leading Wales Awards for his role as a Young Ambassador. The awards recognise people who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in Wales.

Tee has been nominated in the Young Leader category for this year's awards. As well as representing The Trust, Tee is recognised for his role as a Community Coach at Swansea City.

The Leading Wales Awards are Wales’ only dedicated leadership awards, in association with The Institute of Leadership and Management. Award winning alumni include Laura Tenison MBE and Jo Jo Maman Bébé.

A few years ago, Tee left a turbulent life in London behind and moved to Swansea to start afresh. After struggling with unemployment, he was signposted to Get Started with football programme, run between us and Swansea City Community Foundation. Tee excelled and was offered employment at the end of the course.

He went on to become a Young Ambassador, representing us at a range of events including giving a speech at the House of Lords. He was also a finalist at this year's national Celebrate Success awards, held at the London Palladium in March. He says,

To be recognised for what you’ve achieved is a special feeling. I’m proud of how far I’ve come over the last few years but I also remember that no one is ever the finished product.

He adds, "It’s important for me to keep pushing myself further, and looking for the next challenge. I get such a buzz out of coaching, and seeing the youngsters grow and develop is really inspiring for me.​ I’m grateful for the support I’ve had and I’m motivated to help others fulfil their potential as well."

Tee, who recently completed a volunteering project in Zimbabwe, will undertake further coaching qualifications this year and aspires to work in politics in the future.  Phil Jones, Director, The Prince’s Trust Cymru, said,

Tee's journey is demonstrative of what young people can achieve with the right support. He is an example to others and a fantastic Young Ambassador for The Prince's Trust in Wales.

The winners will be announced at the lunchtime awards ceremony at the Hilton Cardiff on Thursday 21st September. For more information, please visit www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk 

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