Young Belfast Sporting Star Receives Top Award

4th Nov 2011

Sarah Beck from Belfast 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, gymnast Sarah beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the Northern Ireland region.

14 year old Sarah started training in gymnastics at a local activity centre at the age of four.  After competing at a local level, she soon shot through the ranks to take gold at the 2008 Northern Ireland Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships in the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) Minor category. In the same year, she entered the Fame SVOD in Amsterdam where she placed second overall.  Sarah trains six days a week for four hours a day at the national training centre where she develops her technique.  In summer she also runs to build strength.

Sarah recently went to the UK School Games and made the bars final. She is gearing up for her next competitions which include the Rushmore Rosebowl International 2011 and the European Championships.

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.”

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