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Sarah is crowned winner of Cariad@iaith: love4language 2013

Sarah Hattle

Following a week of learning with tutors Nia Parry and Ioan Talfryn in West Wales Sarah Hattle from Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire has been crowned the winner of this year's cariad@iaith:love4language 2013.

The ten learners have been busy all week working hard in the class rooms and speaking Welsh whilst taking part in various activities and at the end of the week the learners had to cast a vote for the person who they felt had been on the biggest journey.

And on the night of the final, on Friday 24 May, Sarah was crowned the winner.

"It's been a fantastic experience," says Sarah who lives in Hampshire but also has a house in Dolgellau in North Wales and plans to move there with the family in a few years. "I've never done anything like it before, but it's been amazing."

Sarah who works in the Royal Navy is married and has three children, Mali (5), Iolo (2) and Otto (8 months).

"I try to speak Welsh with the children, simple things like how are you and it's time for bed so they're starting to learn as well. The course has been great because you're learning without realising, and then all these Welsh words come out from nowhere!"

The series also crowned a second winner, voted by the production crew. This year the crew felt that the person who would benefit most from a week-long Welsh language course for the whole family at the Urdd Centre in Llangrannog, Ceredigion was Gayle Lister.

Gayle who is originally from Reading lives in Pembroke and works as a Discovery Warden at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Gayle will spend a week in Llangrannog with her husband and two children this summer.

To watch the whole series visit and for more information on learning Welsh visit