Celtic Energy, the leading coal mining company in Wales, has sponsored 12 year old Liam Owen of Llangatwg Comprehensive School to help him pursue his dreams of one day becoming the British Youth Motorcycle Trials Champion.

Already the current Welsh Champion in his class, Liam is on track to retain his trophy this year and finish in a good position in the British league where he is currently sitting in fourth place.

Keith Jones, Manager at Celtic Energy’s Onllwyn Coal Distribution Centre, said: “Liam’s dad Ian is a plant operator here at Onllwyn and has been keeping us informed about Liam’s great achievements. We are pleased to be able to help out in any way we can to make sure he continues to represent Wales in the sport. We wish Liam all the best in future competitions.”

Ian Owen explained that taking part in competitions all round the UK from Derbyshire to Yorkshire to the Isle of Wight is very expensive so the £200 donation will primarily help with travelling costs. Next year Liam will also need to purchase a new bike as he moves up a class from an 80cc engine to a 125cc engine.