Sam Horrocks from Bury has received a £1,500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, swimmer Sam beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the North West region.
17 year old Sam started swimming at a very young age and, after competing in a local 'Shrimps' gala aged seven, he quickly progressed to representing Radcliffe Swimming Club in Central Lancashire junior leagues. After moving to Bolton Metro Swim Squad at 14 years old, Sam gained national qualifying times and in his first ever national competition achieved two silver medals. Now coached by Mark Rose, Head Coach at the Manchester ASA Beacon Programme, Sam holds a raft of gold medals and has broken records for different events at all levels. Sam is currently the 17/18 year old national 100 metre butterfly champion. Sam commented, “It means a lot to me to win this award and I want to give something back to my dad for all his help and support. It feels like a great achievement!”
As a regional winner, Sam will join the winners from nine other UK regions, four national disability category winners and the Young Star category winner at a celebratory event on 24th November in the OCS Stand at the Kia Oval. On the day, OCS will announce one overall winner who will receive a further £8,500 worth of support over three years. Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners will attend the event alongside a host of top sporting stars such as Bryony Shaw, Wayne Otto OBE, Beth Tweddle MBE and Rory Underwood MBE.
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.”