Daniel Ellis from Vale of Glamorgan 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, water skier Daniel beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the Wales region.
Water skiing is a family tradition for 16 year old Daniel, as his father won the British National Championships several times as a driver in the 1980’s. Keen to follow in his footsteps, Daniel trains extremely hard for his sport by cycling every day and practising his skills on the water. In 2010, he won gold in the 15 to 18 junior category at the Burnham Regional Race, followed by bronze medals at the Antwerp Diamond Race for 12 to 14 Euro Kids B, and the European Championship 15 to 18 Waterski Racing Junior Championships.
Daniel’s ambition is to win the World Champion F1 and, before then, he hopes to be selected for the World Champion F2 in 2012. Daniel says the award will be of great help. “It’s an expensive sport to compete in,” he comments. “A wet suit costs around £620 and goggles around £80, so the money from OCS will be well spent on my new equipment!”
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.”