Fee Teng Liew from Milton Keynes has received a £250 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, badminton player Fee Teng beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes in the Young Star category.
12 year old Fee Teng has been playing badminton since the age of seven, encouraged by her father, a former badminton league player. Training six times a week has clearly paid off for Fee Teng as she is currently ranked the U13 England girls number one.
In March 2010, she won both the singles and doubles titles at the National Championships in Hertfordshire. Fee Teng practises throughout the summer at training camps in Malaysia, where badminton is a strongly supported sport. In her first Badminton England tournament this season, she played in the U15 Gold at Nottingham and won the singles. She also recently won the Bucks Restricted annual tournament in U13 and U15 in both singles and doubles.
She dreams of going to the Olympics in 2020 and said of her OCS YSP award, “I am really happy and proud that I have been chosen to receive the award. It will help to pay for my competition fees and travel expenses.” In mid October she will be playing for England in Denmark in the Danish Cup.
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.”