Angus Davidson from Edinburgh has received a £750 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with SportsAid, climber Angus beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the Young Star category.
Climber Angus, 13, will receive £750 after winning the Young Star category for athletes aged 12 and under. After trying climbing at a local centre with his cousin, a passion for the sport quickly developed and Angus started competing at a local level. He was selected for the British youth team and was the youngest climber to ever have made the squad, proving his worth by winning the 2010 British Lead Climbing Championships in his age group (11-13).
Angus has taken part in the premier International Youth Competition; the Imst Colors Festival, held in Imst, Austria, placing 9th in 2010 and 7th in 2011 respectively. Angus states the opportunity to travel, meet and compete abroad as one of the most enjoyable aspects about the sport. Commenting on his award win, Angus said, “The money from OCS will be spent mainly on travel, equipment, competition and venue entry. In 2012, I will have the opportunity to be selected to represent Team GB in the IFSC World Youth Championship, in Singapore. Thank you for recognising me and helping to raise awareness of my sport!”
As a category winner, Angus will join the winners from ten UK regions and four national disability category winners at a celebratory event on 24th November in the OCS Stand at the Kia Oval. 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 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.”