Christopher Perham from Portland 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, triathlete Christopher beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the South West region.
16 year old Christopher is a natural sportsman. He started swimming five years ago before progressing to biathle, a sport which is a run, swim, run event. His best achievement to date was last year in the British Modern Biathlon Championships when he came first in his age group. After his success in the British Biathlon, he was crowned the world champion for his age category in the 2010 Dubai World Biathle Championships. This year he came second in the ITU Aquathlon Championships in London, and has just come back from Bulgaria, bringing home a bronze and silver medal from the World Biathle Championships.
Christopher trains rigorously in both swimming and running and, in his bid to become a triathlete, he has started cycling too. Commenting on his award, Christopher said, “The money will help my family a lot. Competitions abroad are really expensive, so I have to choose carefully about which ones to take part in. The money will go towards travelling expenses and equipment to help me train for triathlon
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners include gymnasts Beth Tweddle MBE and Louis Smith, athlete Richard Buck and 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.”