Deveena Pithia from Canterbury has received a £500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, cricketer Deveena beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the South East region.
17 year old Deveena has been playing cricket since the age of nine. She developed an interest in the sport after watching the game on television and a visit to the county ground. Balancing training up to five times a week with school work is a hard task, but one that Deveena feels is worthwhile as she enjoys her sport and being a team player so much. She is part of the Kent ladies team and trains with the Junior Super 4s, which consists of the best 52 girls in the country for the U19 age group.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners include Olympic athletes, 400m runner Richard Buck, and gymnasts Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle MBE, along with Paralympic field athlete Nathan Stephens.
Chris Cracknell, chief executive of OCS said, “The OCS Young Sports Person Awards, now in its 14th year, highlights our commitment to supporting young people who are great role models, not only for their peers, but for many others in business and the community. Their drive and relentless determination to achieve their goals is inspirational. Our grass-roots scheme helps young athletes right at the start of their career when support and funding is needed most. Well done to the athletes who have been rewarded this year and we hope that they will have the same success as many of our past winners, some of whom look set to represent GB in London 2012.”