Jonathan Eke from Newport 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, swimmer Jonathan beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes in the Disability Category for Wales.
As one of three triplets, Jonathan started swimming lessons along with his two brothers and surpassed expectations. Jonathan, who is 15 and from Newport, has cerebral palsy and swims with an S10 classification. Aged just ten, he represented Wales at the Junior National Disability Championships and is currently the fastest junior S10 in Britain. His strength and amazing talent have even encouraged his father to take up swimming coaching.
One of Jonathan’s role models is Paralympic swimmer David Roberts MBE alongside whom he has had the opportunity to swim, finishing just one second behind him.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners include gymnasts Beth Tweddle MBE and Louis Smith, athlete Richard Buck and 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.”