Congratulations to the winners - and to all the finalists as well.
I attended the competition from the outside - as a 'helper' on the day. It was great to meet so many other learners and just spend an entire day in Welsh. It was quite odd coming home and switching back to English.
I volunteered for the day because I'm on the Maes D/ Shwmae Caerdydd committee. I'd really encourage any other learners to find out how to join if you hear the Eisteddfod's in your area. You do need good listening skills and be fairly fast on your feet with with with speaking- but this is where your SSIW training really works. I don't think you need to be 100% fluent - technically I was on Sylvaen 2 when I started - high level 2. You get minute after each meeting and an agenda for the next, so you can prepare for unfamiliar vocab in advance!
They do welcome learners on the Learners Committee - and to be honest I think they need more of them. We had more this year when we started, but a couple dropped out because they were struggling to understand in meetings. BUT I can't imagine this would be a problem with SSIWs as the course forces you to make sense when you can't understand at first. (And I'm not sure if that makes sense!)
Anyhow - looking forward to seeing people in Maes D in the Pierhead. They'll be talks, music and I hope a lot of fun!