Posted: Thu 30th May 2019

An Italian from Flintshire has won Welsh Learner of the Year at Urdd Eisteddfod

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

An Italian woman from Mold has won the Welsh Learner Medal at the Cardiff and Vale Urdd Eisteddfod 2019. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Francesca Elena Sciarrillo was awarded the Medal at the main ceremony at the Urdd Eisteddfod on Tuesday. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Francesca, aged 23, who is a post graduate apprentice in Marketing comes from an all-Italian family, she is the only one who speaks Welsh. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The former Bangor University Student said: “I’m very proud to be Italian and Welsh – two beautiful countries! Learning Welsh has changed my life in many ways. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It has opened doors for me to new books, new music, new politics and more importantly, new people, people who mean the world to me!” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Francesca won after a day of challenges, set to test the language, confidence and knowledge of the three finalists. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

These included doing a live interview with BBC Radio Cymru and speaking at a press conference in front of journalists and television cameras. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The other two finalists were Molly Evans who is in her final year at Chester University, studying a Modern Languages ​​degree and Jack Wilson originally from Warrington, who is studying Chemistry at Bangor University. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The aim of the Learner Medal Competition is to reward an individual who is committed to learning Welsh and takes pride in their Welshness. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is awarded to an individual who demonstrates how they use the language on a day-to-day basis in college or work and socially as well as promoting and encouraging the Welsh language amongst others. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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