Young County Down Sporting Star Receives Top Award

4th Nov 2011

Lucy McKee from County Down has received a £1,500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability.  In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, hockey player Lucy beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the Northern Ireland region.

16 year old Lucy has been playing hockey from an early age.  The sport runs in her family, with her both her parents having played for Ireland.  At primary school, Lucy played in inter-school leagues and, realising her passion for the sport, she moved to Banbridge Academy which had a stronger focus on the game than the schools near her home.

Lucy trains both at school and her local hockey club, concentrating on fitness and stick and ball skills. She has been one of the Irish team’s key goal scorers for the past three seasons, leading them to fifth place at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. Lucy hopes to study law, and has her sights set on a higher education establishment which concentrates on hockey so that she can continue in the sport she loves.

Lucy recently competed in the U18 European’s, finishing in 4th position and also took a silver medal at the UK School Games after scoring four goals and just missing out to England.

Commenting on her award win, Lucy said, “Hockey runs through my veins.  All my family play the sport, so it was natural for me to take it up.  It’s great to win this OCS award as I feel like my hard work and determination have paid off.  I also feel lucky that I am good at something I love.”

Lucy 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 Kate Howey MBE, 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.  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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