Young Fife Sporting Star Receives Top Award

4th Nov 2011

Kieran Steer from Fife has received a £500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability.  In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, Kieran beat stiff competition to one of two regional runner-up prizes for the Disabled Athlete for Scotland.  

Kieran, aged 16, only started playing boccia in May 2010. A Paralympic sport, boccia was adapted from bowls and is played by athletes who require a wheelchair due to a physical disability.  Although the game was first adapted for players with cerebral palsy, it was later expanded to include players with other physical disabilities.  Kieran competes in the BC4 class which is open to players with a severe physical disability who are unable to functionally control the delivery of a carpet bowl or indoor bowl.  Kieran was first introduced to the sport at an annual DSF (Disability Sports Fife) Multi-Sport Junior Festival which ran in conjunction with Active Schools.  

He plays both individually and as part of a team and has achieved so much in such a short time. Kieran took silver in the Dundee Discovery Games in September 2010 and this year has won four gold medals for the Fife boccia championships, Aberdeen Games, Wishaw Games and the Dundee Discovery Games as well as scooping a bronze at the British Junior DSE Nationals.  Kieran has also been selected as an Active School Ambassador which involves increasing participation, promoting active and healthy lifestyles and spreading the word about Olympic and Paralympic values.

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 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.”

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