Lucy Walkup from Glenrothes 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, swimmer Lucy beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes in the Disabled Athlete for Scotland category.
Lucy, 14, started swimming at four years old, joining a local club after realising she had a natural talent for the sport. At the recent British Championships, Lucy competed in seven events, winning two gold and five silver medals. At the World Deaf championships in Portugal, Lucy was part of the squad which smashed 13 Scottish deaf records. This included the 4x100m freestyle record in a time of 4.17.20, beating the previous 2005 record of 4.24.87.
Thrilled to receive her award, Lucy commented, “I am really pleased that OCS has rewarded me for my efforts. It means a lot to me. I would love to go to the deaf Olympics in 2013. The money will help me train and enter more competitions to be the best I can be in my discipline.”
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.”