Conor Gordon from Falkirk 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, disabled table tennis player Conor beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the Disability Category for Scotland.
15 year old Conor has only been playing table tennis for two years and is relatively new to the sport. However, in this short time, Conor has risen through the ranks after taking part in a talent spotting day and securing a position at the Drumchapel club. Whilst he has cerebral palsy, Conor competes against able bodied players as part of the Scottish squad.
Conor trains once a month with the Scotland national squad and practises by playing six days a week. He counts this year’s wins of silver at the Scottish Table Tennis Championships and UK School Games as well as bronze at The Michael Hawkesworth Championships amongst his best achievements. This year, he was also nominated for the Schools Disability Sport Athlete of the Year. He says he is proud to be recognised through the OCS Awards: “I am really pleased that OCS is recognising disabled athletes and would like to thank them for their support. The Paralympics don’t get enough recognition and I want to help prove that disabled people can excel in sport.”
Conor will join the winners from ten UK regions, three other 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.”