Michael Thompson from Moorsholm 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, mountain biker Michael beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes in the North East region.
16 year old Michael has been competing in mountain biking since 2009. In a short time Michael has risen through the ranks, achieving podium status with two podiums in the five round British Mountain Bike Series. A second and third place finish helped him to claim a bronze medal in the overall series in 2011.
Michael loves road racing and the tactical elements involved in competing. His coach is based 60 miles away and creates weekly plans for Michael to follow while they are apart. He trains six days a week, with long bike rides in the winter and shorter hill rides in the summer. Financially he is supported by his parents but is looking for a part-time job in a bike shop to help fund his sport.
Now with the help from OCS, Mike’s chances of future success look bright. He recently brought back two silver medals from the UK School Games and finished 3rd overall in the British Mountain Bike Series. Next year Mike will again be aiming for top places in the Mountain Bike Series and hope to achieve some road race wins.
Mike thanks the support and backing from everyone: “I want to thank everyone for their brilliant support in 2011. Huge thanks go to OCS and I will try to show my appreciation in 2012 with some more great results.”
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. 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.”