Becky Curtis-Harris from Basingstoke 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, heptathlete Becky beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the South East region.
Seventeen year old Becky is a multi-skilled athlete who rises to the difficult challenge of training for seven events, even competing in individual events to strengthen her disciplines. Her strongest events include long jump and hurdles. Becky holds the current title for British U20s Champion, which she counts amongst her best achievements.
Encouraged by her mother, who was also an athlete, Becky has shone through as a talent in her field and recently won Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the Basingstoke and Dean Annual Sports Awards.
With seven different types of spikes needed for her training shoes, a lot of money is required to maintain Becky’s sports equipment. She comments, “The award money will be used towards new equipment, as well as travel and accommodation. I am really stepping up a gear and competing as much as possible in 2011. I suffered an injury last year and need to get myself back on the track to regain my place.”
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. 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.”