Iain McKellar from Macclesfield 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, volleyball player Iain beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the North West region.
At 6ft 5.5” tall, 17 year old Iain is well placed to be a volleyball player. After starting the sport just three years ago, Iain has shot through the ranks and now trains at Loughborough as part of the England National Academy. Earlier this year, he was part of the U18 national championships’ winning team and represented England in the Junior Men’s at the CEV International Championships. Iain trains up to nine times a week in the morning and evening and has his sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Iain recently competed in the UK School Games and won a silver medal in a close final. He also competed in the European U18 Eurovolley cup in Bari in Italy, and has started a great season in the men’s national league in division one - without losing a game so far. Iain said of his award: “Thanks to OCS for their support. I have been able to fund my travels so thank you very much.”
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.”