Sorry about the delay. Indeed I did pull out the competition, so an explanation is deserved. When I first started learning I never expected that the I would be entered into this competition, and wasn't aware of its existence. I don't know many Welsh speakers, but those that I do now are very enthusiastic about the language, and my learning. So, when they wanted to put me forward for DYF, I felt in some way obliged. The family that put me forward for the competition are some of the nicest people I've ever met in my life, and I felt I sort of 'owed' it to them as they had been really helpful, not just in terms of Welsh, but as friends and colleagues too.
However I wasn't totally for taking part in the first place. For me the actual learning was rewarding enough for me. Believe it or not I'm not actually one for fame. I don't really do social media! I'm generally an introverted person- though sociable and chatty enough with my friends. When Boom and Tinopolis were asking for interviews, it felt like a chore to leave my work and meet them. At the time I was writing up my thesis; a very stressful thing indeed. Thus i decided to pull out as it wasn't something I was enjoying. I also felt it would be better to give a fairer chance to people who actually want to be there. The people I know were really supportive about the decision and understood my circumstances- I have my viva soon and I need to find a new job.
I was a privilege to take part and represent the community of learners, especially the University of SSIW. All the best to the remaining competitors!