Georgia Peel from Chobham has received a £1,500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, athlete Georgia beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the South East region.
Following in her brother’s footsteps, Georgia, 16, began her career in athletics aged eight. She joined the junior trackers club and quickly discovered a passion and talent for running. Georgia competes in both 800m and 1500m races switching to cross country running during the winter months.
In 2010, Georgia won the Aviva English Schools Championships intermediate girl 800m race and the U17 800m at the Southern Counties U15/U17 Championships. Earlier this year, she attended one of the Dame Kelly Holmes Future Stars workshops which provide educational training for middle to long distance athletes who have achieved exceptional results.
Georgia’s dream is to compete in the Olympic Games, while her current goal is to be selected for the European and World Junior cross country championships. Commenting on her award, Georgia said: “I feel so privileged and very proud of myself for winning an OCS award. The money will help to take the pressure off my parents and I want to say thank you to OCS for recognising me.”
Georgia will join the winners from nine other UK regions, four national disability category winners, and the Young Star category winner at a celebratory event on 24th November in the OCS Stand at the Kia Oval. On the day, OCS will announce one overall winner who will receive a further £8,500 worth of support over three years.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners will attend the event alongside a host of top sporting stars including Kate Howey MBE, Wayne Otto OBE, Beth Tweddle MBE and Rory Underwood MBE.
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.”