North East and National Winner – Edward Nainby-Luxmoore – Rowing
17 year old Edward Nainby-Luxmoore from Middleton-in-Teesdale is one of the top boys in the Junior Rowing squad and recently represented GB in Rowing at the Youth Olympics in Singapore taking 2nd place. At the Junior World Championships in 2009, Ed also took 2nd place and he scooped the title at the Munch Junior International Regatta after racing in the coxless four – only the 3rd time that GB has won the event.
Regional Winners 2010
Northern Ireland – Laura Casey - Triathlon
16 year old Laura first got into triathlon when she was 12 and is now an excellent sportswoman currently ranked 1st in Northern Ireland and 3rd in Great Britain. Laura recently competed in the Girls Triathlon Final at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where she came 9th, a big improvement on her position last year where she came 17th.
Scotland – Calum Main – Table Tennis
17 year old Calum started table tennis in a local village hall when he was just 9 years old and his talent was spotted by a Scottish National Coach only a year later. He represented Scotland at the French Junior Open earlier this year and he gained his first senior international cap a few weeks ago at the 6 Nations. He reached the quarter final which was an excellent result. Calum is ranked as the No.1 U18 National Champion in Scotland.
Midlands – Jennifer Pickering – Speed Skating
Jennifer, 12, is one of only five British skaters to have reached the finals of the Star Class competition, an international contest for elite short track Speed Skaters residing in Western Europe. Jennifer broke the British 2000m relay record along with three team mates and took first place at the Scottish Open at Mont Blanc.
Wales – Rhys Pugh - Golf
Rhys, aged 16, first got into golf when he was just 8 yeas old. He is an outstanding player, ranked as one of the top 3 golfers in the UK for U18’s and he currently plays with a handicap of + 3. He recently competed in the European Men’s Championships and scooped the Peter McEvoy Trophy (U18’s) making him only the 2nd Welshman in history to win the accolade. Rhys also took the title for both the Aberconwy trophy and Fairhaven Trophy in 2009.
South West – Saskia Sills – Windsurfing
Saskia, aged 13, took up windsurfing when she was just 7 years old. After obtaining 1st place in the U15 World Championships on the Techno and Windsurfing circuit, Saskia is a rising star in the sport. Saskia won Young Windsurfer of the Year and is part of the GB squad.
London M25 Region – Kyle Clarke-Harewood - Judo
Kyle, 15, is an extremely talented and resourceful player currently in the 66 kilos weight category. He has been on the England Squad since the age of 11 and is the youngest player on the GB squad.
South East – Aylish Cranstone – Cricket
Aylish, 15, took up cricket when she was just 9 years old. An excellent batter, Aylish is one of the most consistent players in her club and has opened batting in 3 major competitions. She was the leading run scorer on the U17’s Development Tour in South Africa with the England U17 Team and last season in the U15 county cricket, she averaged over 100 runs. Aylish is the top batter for Hampshire U17 girls and plays for Portsmouth Community as well.
London East – Alexander Day – Rugby
Alex, 17, started playing rugby at the age of 6. His talent was spotted and he was selected to play for the Northampton Saints RFC Academy. Alex has been very successful after progressing to play for the U16’s team where he played the position of scrum half and is now playing for the England’s U18’s 2nd team.
North West – Jessica Anderson - Cycling
15 year old Jessica took up cycling aged 6, achieving her first record when she was just 8 years old with a time trial on the road. Jessica is now a very tactical rider who has been doing extremely well in both road and track racing and is currently a member of the National Olympic Talent Team.
Disabled Category – Rosie Bancroft - Swimming
15 year old Rosie was born with her right leg missing below her knee, but her determination to succeed is admirably strong. Rosie got into swimming at a very young age and now holds 7 gold medals that she won at the DSE Junior National Championships and she has been on the England Talent Programme for the past 2 years. Rosie is also a British record holder with the relay team and is ranked in the top 3 for women’s 400m freestyle (S10) in the UK.
Young Star – Jay Clarke - Tennis
Jay, aged 11 years old is an up coming tennis player who recently won the under 11’s masters and is ranked in 6th position in the UK for his age group, U12’s. Jay scooped 1st position at the 2009 U11 Singles Grand Prix Event and U11’s Singles AEGON Masters Event. He has also been selected to represent GB at the International event in Queenswood School.