Martin Gammon, OCS’s CEO UK Mainland and Europe, joined a number of other SportsAid partners and ambassadors, along with athletes, past and present, at a Commonwealth Games Home Nations Reception last month. The event was attended by SportsAid Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
Together, OCS and SportsAid run the OCS Young Sportsperson Awards, which began in 1998, to fund emerging sports talent in the UK. Former OCS Young Sportsperson Awards winners achieved three gold, six silver and five bronze medals during the games: gold medals were won by Team England’s Louis Smith and Sam Oldham in the men’s gymnastics team event, while swimmer Dan Wallace won the 400m individual medley gold and a silver as part of the Scottish men’s 200 m freestyle relay team. Multiple medals were also won by Laura Halford, who won silver and two bronze for Team Wales in rhythmic gymnastics, and English athlete Jodie Williams, who was awarded silver and bronze in both individual and team sprint races.
A total of sixteen OCS sponsored athletes took part in the games, competing in table tennis, gymnastics, swimming, cycling, squash, diving, and athletics. Former gymnast and Olympic champion Beth Tweddle, the 2002 North West and National OCS Young Sportsperson Awards Winner, was also part of the BBC Sport presenting team.
In July, last year’s OCS Young Sportsperson national winner, Ebonie Jones, won a gold medal at the Girls Junior and Youth European Boxing Championships in Assissi, Italy.
Martin Gammon commented: “OCS helps talented young sports people to kick-start their career at a time when it is most needed. We have met some incredible and inspiring young people over the last 16 years and we are delighted that so many of them are achieving such amazing success.”