Georgia Wilson from Conwy 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, Georgia beat stiff competition to scoop the prize of winner for the Disabled Category for Wales.
Para equestrian Georgia, 15, has been involved in riding horses since the age of two, when her mother took her along to a pony club. Just last year she won five major competitions including the Moorsele Belgium U21s Para Dressage Grade 3, the British Para National Championships at Hickstead Grade 3, and three Millfield Junior International competitions at Grade 3.
A typical week for Georgia includes mucking out the horses at 6.30 a.m. with her sisters and mother. As well as fitting in school and homework, she has a busy schedule which involves riding horses for two hours a day, meeting with a trainer once or twice a week, and competing at weekends. Her new horse is called Skoby and she has competed with him at the Hickstead Summer Championships and Bishop Burton International 2* Para Dressage competition, winning the Junior Section.
Georgia was selected for the WCD (World Class Development Start Programme) following her trials in December 2010. She says that the OCS award will help her to get one step closer to her dream, “The money from OCS means a lot to me as I compete in a very expensive sport! A new saddle can cost up to £1,000 so every little helps.”
As winner of her category, Georgia will join the winners from ten UK regions, three other 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 such as 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.”