16 year old sprint athlete Sally Brown from Ballykelly has been named the overall winner of the OCS Young Sports Person Awards 2011. Paralympic field athlete Nathan Stephens, who was himself an OCS Young Sports Person Awards winner in 2005, presented Sally with her prize. Speaking of her award, “Sally commented: “Making great achievements in my sport has always been a dream and it’s a bit strange now that it’s all coming true!”
Winner of the OCS Young Sports Person Awards Disability Category for Ireland, Sally beat off stiff competition from ten regional and three other Disability Category winners to take the overall winner title for 2011. She will receive £10,000 through the scheme over the next three years.
Nathan Stephens, Paralympic athlete and Overall Winner of the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in 2005, presented Sally with her award.
Born with her left hand and part of her arm missing, Sally is one of the youngest members of the GB Paralympic athletics squad for 2012. She took bronze at this year’s Paralympic World Cup event in Manchester, in addition to a gold and silver medal at the World Junior Championships.
In her classification (T46), Sally currently holds the No.1 UK ranking for both 100m and 200m, as well as a senior IPC World Ranking of No.4 in 200m and No.7 in 100m. She has proved her ability to compete in both non-disabled and disabled athletics at the highest level. In non-disabled athletics, this year she has achieved a No.2 ranking in Northern Ireland and Ulster for U17 300m and was selected to compete for the Ulster relay team at the All-Ireland finals.
The 2011 OCS Young Sports Person Awards event in conjunction with SportsAid took place on 24th November at the OCS Stand at the Kia Oval in London, hosted by leading BBC sports commentator Clare Balding. Young sporting stars from across the UK received their award from sporting personalities including David Gower OBE, Rory Underwood MBE, Kate Howey MBE and Iwan Thomas MBE.