Scotland and Northen Ireland
Athletics - discus and hammer
Ciaran became interested in track and field when his mother, a high jumper, took him to his local club where his potential for throwing was first noticed. As a sportsperson he enjoys the outcomes of all his hard work, training three or four hours a day, four days a week.
During 2014, Ciaran won gold at the Scottish National U20 Championships and silver at the Scottish Schools championships. 2013 was also a successful year for Cairan with a gold at the UK School Games, a silver at the SIAB Schools International and gold for U17 hammer at the Scottish Secondary School Championships and the Scottish East District Championships.
As 18 year old Ciaran enters the U20s age group, he is training with an increased weight. He wants to see where his sport takes him in his career and would like to compete internationally for his country.
18 year old David Rae is already a floor and vault British title holder. He currently holds a place in the British Gymnastics (BG) squad and is closer to challenging the defending BG champion.
In 2014 he was crowned Scottish Champion and won bronze in the overall men's artistic competition at the European Special Olympics as well as winning three silver and three bronze medals in the apparatus finals. 2014 also saw David gain a silver medal in the British Gymnastics Championships.
David achieved great success in 2013 by winning bronze overall and coming first in floor and vault at the British Gymnastics Championships. At the Special Olympics he was, overall champion and won four individual gold medals as well as winning gold at the Scottish Disabilities Championships. In the British Championships, Senior Open Class 1, he came 3rd overall and first for floor and vault whilst in the Special Olympics in Bath, he was placed first overall in Artistic Gymnastics and also won four gold medals.
David is currently working on a second vault to enable him to compete as an apparatus specialist in some mainstream men’s artistic competitions in Scotland.
Swimming - racing
Since entering her first swimming gala at the age of nine Beth Johnston has never looked back. Now aged 13 Beth loves being a sportsperson, being in the pool not only gives her confidence but has given her the most amazing opportunities. She admires her sporting hero, Ellie Simmonds, for her friendly, bubbly personality and also for doing so much to promote disability sport in a positive and uplifting way.
In 2014 Beth has competed in the UK School Games where she achieved three PBs and a bronze medal, she also competed in the DSE Junior and Youth National Championships, and the DSE Junior and Youth Championships, achieving third and second places respectively. In 2013 Beth won bronze in the Scottish Gas National Open Championships, 200 metres individual medley, she is the Scottish record holder for the 50 and 100 metres freestyle and 200 metres individual medley and is a member of the Scottish para-swimming squad.
Beth now has her sights set on achieving world class podium potential in as many strokes as possible and to win a medal at the Scottish Gas National Championships. Long-term, she is aiming to qualify for the European Games, the Commonwealth Games and ultimately the Paralympic Games.
London and South East
Jenelle started playing Basketball at the age of nine after visiting a local club for a taster session. Aged 16, she is currently studying for her GCSEs.
She is a member of the England U16 basketball squad and is currently ranked number one nationally in her position. In 2013 Jennelle represented England at the European Championship in Portugal and is English National Champion with Haringey Angels Girls Basketball Club playing in U16s National League.
Jennelle’s aims are to be selected for the national team to play at the 2014 U16 European Championship and her dream is to represent her country at the Olympics among the best players in the world.
Athletics - wheelchair racing
Michael first became involved in wheelchair racing through his PE teacher. He particularly enjoys the atmosphere at the big races.
2014 has been a successful year for Michael, he won bronze at the IWAS World Junior Games for the U23, 500 metres. He was the winner of the inaugural BUPA Westminster Mile junior age group, won bronze in the 100m at the BWRA National Track Championships and silver in the 1500 metres at the BWAA Grand Prix.
With a good solid winter training programme, Michael is aiming to win the London Mini Marathon 2015. He would like to improve his Personal Bests in all events (100m – 1500m) and will focus on growing and developing skills to compete in adult international events, such as European and World Championships and the Paralympics, targeting Japan 2020.
At 11 years old Nathan already has some major achievements under his belt. He is a member of the England U13 junior programme and is the current U11 national champion in boy’s singles and boy’s doubles. Not only that, he is the winner of the Victor Olve Junior International Tournament in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Central and North
15 year old Max has always played sport and particularly enjoys the challenge of tennis and being in control of the outcome.
In 2014 Max played in the Wimbledon Junior Championships and he is also the Nike Junior Tour International Masters Champion. Max achieved great success in both singles and doubles in 2013 when he became the Aegon British Nationals Champion, the Aegon Clay Court Champion, the X Taca International Maia Jovem TE grade 1 champion and the Sanchez Casal Youth Cup TE grade 1 Champion.
In the short term Max is aiming for the top 50 ITF and to play some Futures events to gain his first ATP points, while in the long term he wants to become a top level professional tennis player competing on the ATP tour. He would also like to represent his country at the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games.
Athletics - sprint
15 year old Amy Carr has loved sport for as long as she can remember. The London Paralympic Games inspired her to try out running ‘to see if she was any good’. Amy enjoys meeting new people with all sorts of disabilities and learning from them has made her more confident with her own disability and has helped her develop her own skills.
Amy’s list of achievements in 2014 includes representing Great Britain at the IWAS World Junior Championships in the 100m and long jump and representing England NE at the UK School Games in 100m and 200m. In 2013 Amy won 100m gold, 200m gold (T37), 4x100m relay silver and 4x400m relay gold at the DSE National Junior Championships and a 200m T37 silver at the CP Sport National Championships.
Amy’s hero, Jonnie Peacock, has made her believe that anything is possible if you put in the time and effort. In her busy schedule Amy divides her time between track training, pool sessions and gym work. She hopes to continue to improve her long jump and her PB (Personal Best) in the 100m sprint. Amy would love to be selected to represent Great Britain in the 2016/2020 Paralympic Games.
12 year old Korben started training at the age of 5 years old, having been spotted by the head boys coach at his local gymnastics club.
In 2014 Korben became the all-around men’s U12 British Champion and the Individual Apparatus Champion on pommel horse, rings and horizontal bar.
2013 was a busy and successful year as Korben won gold in the pommel and rings and came second overall in the U12 English championships. Korben was also selected to represent GB in Switzerland at the Rheintal Cup (U16) and in the National Elite Grades he came second overall. He also won gold in the British Club Team Championships.
Korben’s aims for the future include becoming the first British Olympic, European and World Gold medallist, to invent a new move and call it ‘a Fellows’ and to inspire a generation, to dream it, believe it, achieve it!
Wales and West
Rugby Union – men
Jack has been involved with rugby from a very early age – both his parents played for local team Helston in Cornwall. Jack also played for that team from the age of 7. He was selected for the Exeter U15 academy squad, he has also played for Cornwall U16, South West and England U16 playing in two international matches in early 2013
In 2014 Jack has been nominated for the SportsAid One-to-Watch Award, he is an Exeter Chiefs Academy player who trained with Exeter 1st XV and plays in the Premiership A League. He was also part of the winning European Championships, England U18s team and was one of the younger players attending the England U20 training.
Jack represented England at the 2013 FIRA/AER European Championships, scoring tries against Portugal and Wales.
His current aim is to be selected into the England U17/18 squad whilst continuing to play for the Exeter Chiefs U18 Academy squad. He would also like to take part in the Junior World Cup.
Lawrence first got involved in table tennis by joining a local club. He particularly enjoys the opportunities that playing gives him – being able to travel to different countries and meeting new people.
In 2014 16 year old Lawrence was selected to represent GB at the Romania International Open and won silver at the PTT (Para Table Tennis) Spanish Senior Open.
Lawrence was also successful in 2013 and won gold at the UK School Games and the BTTAD (British Table Tennis Association for Disabled) National Junior Championships and was a semi-finalist at the BTTAD National Senior Championships,
In the future Lawrence would like to beat five players in the top 40 and get on the top 35 players world ranking list and to reach the quarter final stage in an international competition. His aim is also to attend at least five out of eleven grand prix to reach men's band three in seniors and to reach the Paralympics and further earn a medal in class 10 at the Paralympics.
13 year old Maisie’s sporting hero is Beth Tweddle, a former OCS Young Sportsperson finalist.
During 2013 Maisie won silver at the Celtic Cup. She won an all-around bronze for Team Wales at the UK School Games and, at the British Championships, won gold in the Espoir Vault - for which she is the Welsh Champion she also won silver on the beam and came fifth in the all-around.
Maisie’s future aims are to work hard, learn new skills and to stay in the British squad.