Sapphire Dallard from Dorset 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, trampolinist Sapphire beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the South West region.
14 year old Sapphire Dallard is a champion in trampolining. She started in gymnastics at an early age and then followed her younger brother Jasper’s footsteps into trampolining. She won gold at the 2010 British Championships in U15’s DMT (double mini tramp) and achieved a silver medal in the 2010 European Championships U17’s DMT.
Sapphire recently won gold at the British Championships, which is the second consecutive year for her to have achieved the title. She has been selected to represent GB at the World Championships in Birmingham in November.
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.”