Jimi Tele from Essex has received a £1,500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, triple jumper Jimi beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the London East region.
17 year old Jimi has excelled in his sport, most recently smashing his personal best at the English Schools Athletics Championships for triple jump. He holds a variety of gold competition medals, including the 2010 Aviva English Schools Championships and Aviva Schools International. More recently, he achieved a silver medal at the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games. A very dedicated athlete, Jimi trains six days a week, spending his time playing basketball, working out in the gym and practising running and plyometric exercises with his coach.
As a regional winner, Jimi 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 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 and 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.”