The 13th annual OCS Young Sports Person Awards ceremony hosted by OCS Group UK in conjunction with SportsAid has taken place at the Brit Oval where 12 young sports stars from across the UK received their awards from top sporting personalities.
The event was hosted by leading BBC sports commentator Paul Dickenson. The winners – with the exception of the Young Star who was awarded £500 – were presented with £1,500 and a trophy by some of the UK’s stars from the world of sport, including top gymnasts Beth Tweddle MBE and Louis Smith, British Judoka Kate Howey MBE, wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan MBE.
17 year old rower Edward Nainby-Luxmoore was made regional winner for the North East in recognition of his great sporting achievements and he beat 9 other regional winners and the disabled athlete category winner to scoop the title of OCS Young Sports Person overall winner 2010, receiving a total prize of £10,000 over 3 years.
Chris Cracknell, chief executive of OCS, said: “The OCS Young Sports Person Awards and our partnership with SportsAid strongly underpins our objective of putting something back into the communities in which we work and supporting young people through financial assistance and encouragement in their sporting activities. Our winners have gone on to achieve great things for our country and we will continue to support our sporting future as we race towards 2012.”
Created in 1998, the OCS Young Sports Person Awards were designed to give sports bursaries to deserving young people at a grass roots level, to help them fund a future in their field and support them all the way to the top of their game.