TV presenter Jason Mohammad has championed the Welsh language as key to building a "new Wales" as he announced the winner of the Welsh Learner Prize at the 2021 Eisteddfod T.

Phoebe Skinner, from Cardiff, was revealed as the winner during a special ceremony broadcast live from the Urdd’s Residential Centre in Llangrannog, with the judge Mohammad and the three finalists.

During the ceremony, Mohammad said he wanted to thank everyone who helped him to learn Welsh and that it was an “honour” to judge this year’s Eisteddfod T Welsh Learner competition. 

“A lot of people are surprised by the fact that Jason Mohammad from TV and radio can speak Welsh… so from the stage today, I want to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me" he said.

“I’m happy to say that I use the Welsh language every day. Our children speak Welsh and I sometimes speak Welsh on Radio 2.

"The reason I talk about my experiences with the language is very simple: it is vital for the future of the language and the country that we hear stories like these. People who have worked hard at school, college, and university to learn the language and more importantly – use the language every day. These incredible people who are with us today are part of the new Wales.”

The National Wales: Phoebe Skinner, the winner of the Welsh Learner Prize at the 2021 Eisteddfod T. Picture: UrddPhoebe Skinner, the winner of the Welsh Learner Prize at the 2021 Eisteddfod T. Picture: Urdd

Eisteddfod T’s Welsh Learner competition required competitors to create a video presentation that would inspire an audience and, according to the judge, the experience of watching the content was “absolutely amazing”.

“Phoebe had a passion and vision for the language… and her love of Welsh was evident," Mohammad said. "She clearly shows why you should not only study Welsh as a subject at school but also use it in everyday life.”

Having just sat her A-Levels at Cardiff High School, Phoebe, 18, plans to study music at university in September.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed our Welsh lessons at school, and I’m in my element working in a Welsh bookshop. I hope that my winning work will encourage other young people to study Welsh in the sixth form; it is an amazing experience.”

The competition was sponsored by Castell Howell Foods, and Phoebe will receive a specially created trophy by north Wales sculptor Ann Catrin Evans.

The runners up in the competition were Kiera Jones from Merthyr Tydfil, who came second, and Matthew Minshull from Henllan, Denbighshire, in third place.