Jade Rogers from Stoke-on-Trent 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, windsurfer Jade beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the Midlands region.
Windsurfer Jade, from Stoke-on-Trent, is the current British champion in her sport for her age group. Aged just 15, Jade has already taken part in high level competitions, including the Singapore Youth Olympics in 2010. She attended the Youth Olympics as part of a ten strong group and describes meeting Usain Bolt and Tom Daley amongst the best parts of the trip.
Jade has to be very strong for her sport, training every day in a variety of activities including spinning, swimming and stability sessions to strengthen her arms and legs. Windsurfing is a tough sport to compete in, but she loves the strong wind on the waters and the feeling of adrenaline pumping through her body. Jade recently competed in the ISAF Youth Worlds held in Croatia, finishing 7th overall. She also went to the Youth Europeans in Bulgaria and the Youth and Masters National Championships in Weymouth where she finished as 1st Youth Girl.
Jade commented on her award win: “I feel really privileged to be alongside the other winners of the OCS awards as they are all worthy athletes.”
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.”