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04 August 2011
Kay Holder, a student at Cardiff University’s Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, has been named the 2011 Learner of the Year at the National Eisteddfod.
Originally from Penarth, Kay now lives in Dinas Powys. Her interest in Welsh language and culture was sparked at the 2008 Eisteddfod.
She said: "I attended the Eisteddfod to promote veganism, and discovered a new language, culture and world. I also started learning the harp at the Eisteddfod in Cardiff and have already completed the Grade 3 exam. So the Eisteddfod changed my life!"
Kay first started to learn Welsh through books and has been attending proficiency courses at the Centre since October 2010. She is currently involved in preparations for the 2012 Eisteddfod in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Welsh Learner of the Year competition is open to any adult who has learned Welsh. The finalists are chosen by a panel of judges and take part in a question and answer session at the Eisteddfod, before going on to the final round.
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