Gary Williams has spoken of his pride following his election to a leading role of the North Wales Rugby Council.
The much respected Welshpool Rugby Club and Mid Wales District Rugby Union secretary takes over the new role having previously held the position of head of communication.
Williams is a well known face across north and mid Wales rugby having played a prominent role in the development of the game across the regions for many years.
Williams said: “It is a great honour for me, especially being a mid Walian, to be elected by the clubs of North Wales for this very important position.
“I will strive to make a success of it, following in the footsteps of some highly professional secretaries of recent years.”
The current lockdown restrictions have led to a devastating affect on Welsh sport with rugby clubs still waiting for a return to training as part of the Welsh Government easing of restrictions.
Many clubs across the country have felt the financial bite while the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has also reported record losses having been forced to cancel their remaining Six Nations fixtures in March with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Currently the role is very different than I imagined it would be due to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Williams.
“We will be carrying out all meetings online so it may well be some time before I get to meet the club delegates in person at a meeting.”
However the long serving club and regional rugby stalwart insisted he would relish the challenge of helping the sport back to its feet.
Williams said: “I have many years experience of being a rugby secretary, both with the Mid Wales District Union and Welshpool Rugby Club and was excited by the further challenge that the role will bring in North Wales.”