A TOP honour has been awarded to one of Wales' most prominent wheelchair rugby league figures.

Stephen Jones, the head of development for Wheelchair Rugby League in Wales, has been honoured by receiving a prestigious award at the historic Brynkinalt Hall in Wrexham.

The High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards, that are supported by the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham and Crimebeat North Wales, celebrates the area’s charitable champions.

They enable the High Sheriff to recognise a small number of the volunteers and organisations within the counties of Conwy, Denbishshire, Flintshire and Wrexham that make up the historic and ceremonial area of Clwyd.

The event was an opportunity to applaud and celebrate their incredible dedication and hard work.

Jones, whose work for Wales Rugby League goes beyond wheelchair, as he is also head of safeguarding for the organisation, is also the chair of North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair RLFC and was head coach of the Wales Wheelchair side from 2016-22, leading them in two World Cups.

Presented to him as one of the award winners, his certificate states that it is “in recognition of his work to support and promote disability sport in Flintshire and beyond”.

Jones said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard that I was invited as one of those nominated for the High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards. I was blown away when I found out I had actually won.

“I didn’t get involved in wheelchair rugby league to win awards. I do what I do because I love the game and I want more people to play and progress. I’m taken aback when something like this happens, but it does make it all worthwhile.”

WRL chairman James Davies said: “I’d like to personally congratulate Steve on receiving this prestigious award and we’re all very proud that he gets the recognition he deserves.

“Since I’ve become chair, my interaction with Steve has been first class and he does a lot of work that people don’t see. Steve is a very important part of WRL and this award is proof of how our high achievers should be recognised. Thanks for all you do Steve, we are proud to have you as part of our organisation.”

Kate Hill-Trevor, High Sheriff of Clwyd, added: “Thank-you to everyone who nominated candidates for this year’s awards.

"As always the panel and I had to make difficult decisions, but I was delighted to welcome the chosen winners from across a wide range of voluntary and community activities and to be able to add my personal thanks to them all. Together we can make a difference.”