2013

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Chloe Dickson – Fencing (foil) 

Seventeen year old Chloe Dickson has had a fantastic 2013 season.  With her enthusiasm and dedication to the sport she has already proven her ability and is currently the GB U20 Junior Women's Foil Champion and the Scottish U20 Junior  Women's Foil Champion sand is currently. To add to success in the Junior competition Chloe has been ranked 5th in the GB Senior Women's Foil rankings, a position she hopes to maintain to keep in the running for Glasgow 2014.  Earlier this year Chloe represented GB at the European U23 Championships and her aim is to achieve the European results required for GB junior European and world selection, stepping ever closer to her ambition of becoming number one in Britain and competing internationally.        

James MacSorley – Wheelchair basketball

Eighteen year old James MacSorley has been playing basketball since the age of six.  His determination and talent has resulted in a number of achievements including 4th place at the U22 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2012, Bronze at the Celtic Cup 2012, 4th at the U19 GB National Junior Championships and 5th at the UK School Games.  James’ passion for the game has fuelled his ambition to achieve 1st Division Playoff Champions status and GB Junior League Playoffs as well as gold medal for the Celtic Cup, UK Schools Games medal and Lord Taverners National Junior Championships medal, and ultimately to compete at a Paralympic Games.    

Louise McColgan - Gymnastics

Twelve year old Louise from Dalry in Ayrshire is already a member of the GB National Squad and was  ranked 4th in the ‘all-around’ at the British Espoir Championships in 2013, she qualified for three apparatus finals winning won bronze in the beam and floor finals. These added to an already impressive list of achievements, including Celtic Cup U13 champion 2013 and a silver medal in the Celtic Cup team event in both 2013 and 1012. Louise has been inspired by a previous OCS Young Sports Person award winner and Olympic Medallist Beth Tweddle and is hoping to be in the GB Team in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.               

Central and North   

Lewis Courtier-Jones - Snowboarding 

At 18 years old Lewis has already represented Team GB at the Youth Olympic Winter Games, specifically in the halfpipe competition and slopestyle.  A gifted and versatile athlete, Lewis shows flair in both snow and rail competitions.  International accolades include Winner of World Rookie Halfpipe Championships 2012 and illustrate his determination to continue to represent Team GB and enter FIS World Cup events with a view to competing in the 2014/18 Olympics.    

Isaac Towers - Athletics 

Isaac Towers is the winner of the London Mini Marathon in 2013, and silver medallist in 2012.  An accomplished athlete, the 15 year old won Silver in the 800m and came 4th in the 1,500m at the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships 2013 as well as Gold in the 800m Silver in the 1,500m at the England Athletics Senior/U20 Combined Events Championships 2013.  He currently holds the European record in T34 1,500m and was winner of the 2012 Parallel Success Coventry U15 T34 100m and the 2012 Knowsley Athletics Grand Prix U15 T34 200m.  His track record and determination illustrates his exciting future in athletics with aims to make the UKA Podium Potential Squad and increase his U15 national records and ultimately reach the Paralympics in Rio 2016.    

Coral Farrell – Swimming 

Aged just 12 Coral is a very talented and determined swimmer who has already achieved a huge amount. In the 2013 National Junior and Youth Disability Championships Coral managed to win a medal in every individual event and both team relay events she entered gaining a very impressive total of nine golds and four silver medals. Coral hopes to compete at 2016 Paralympics in Rio.    

Wales and West 

Megan Barker - Track Cycling 

In 2012 Megan was already proving to be a talented cyclist when she won silver at the British Youth Circuit Championships and became the Welsh Youth U14 and U16 Road Cycling Circuit Champion. In 2013 she won silver at the National Youth Omnium League Final girls U16 and came 4th in the National Youth Circuit Race Championships U16 Girls. 

Megan started cycling after noticing a cycling club at a local leisure centre where she was having swimming lessons. Soon after joining the club Meganbegan to compete on a local and national level. Megan trains 50 weeks of the year, she enjoys the discipline of training and the fact that the sport keeps her fit and healthy. 

Megan’s sporting hero is Laura Trott - she admires the fact that Laura “trains very hard to bring out the very best in herself”. 

Megan has a list of cycling ambitions which include becoming a British Circuit Race Champion, being selected to ride for Wales in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and to represent Great Britain in the 2020 Olympic Games.    

Nathan Blackie – Athletics Sprint 

Nathan is currently ranked 4th in the UK over 100m and 200m. He started wheelchair racing after taking part in a race at a school sports day. In the 2012 CP Sport National Championships Nathan came 2nd in the 100m and the 200m achieving a personal best in both events. Nathan’s sporting hero is David Weir whom he admires “because of his strength, power and determination” and his “amazing will to win.” Nathan now trains three times a week after school and also at weekends his ambition is to compete for Great Britain.   

Ellena Austin - Volleyball 

Twelve year old Ellena Austin is an exciting prospect for the future of British volleyball after winning a number of national accolades including British U16 Beach Volleyball Champion 2011, Silver at British Championships Division 2 at U17 level and Silver at Junior Volleyball England Beach Tour.  As the British U16 Beach Volleyball Champion 2012 she excels at her sport and aims to make selection for the SW A Team at the Inter-Regional Tournament as well as the European Junior and World Junior Championships, and has her sights set on the World Tour and Olympics.   

London and South East  

Ebonie Jones - Boxing 

15 year old Ebonie Jones is a remarkably talented sportswoman, with a great passion for her sport.  She became a Gold medallist on her England debut in Hungary at the European Women’s Elite Youth and Junior Boxing Championships and was the English Champion for 2 years consecutively from 2011.  Her drive and passion for boxing has ensured her run of successes – she has beaten every boxer in England at her weight and the weights above and below, with a record of 15 bouts and 14 wins – and illustrates her tremendous gift and exciting future in boxing to fulfil ambitions of reaching the European and World Championships and the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.    

Justin Phillips - Volleyball  

Having competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, Justin Phillips is a gifted volleyball player who excels in his sport.  The 23 year old holds over 50 GB caps and has competed internationally including at the WOVD Inter Continental Cup in Cairo 2012 and at the ECVD European Championships.  His determination and enthusiasm for Volleyball will help him to achieve his aims of becoming Full-time Captain of the Club Team and to be winner of the European Championships.   

Nithin Francis - Taekwando

Thirteen year old Nithin from London won Bronze at the Belgian Open in 2012, Gold at the German Jewoo President Cup and Bronze at the BTCB national Championships. Nithin was first introduced to Taekwando by his brother and since that first introduction he has demonstrated considerable talent and become very successful in the sport. In addition to competition, Nithin now trains three nights a week and for eight hours at the weekend. Nithin’s next goal is to compete and win at an international competition such as the Belgium Open or European Championships. His long term ambition is to follow in the footsteps of his sporting hero Sarah Stevenson and represent his country at the Olympic Games.