Kayleigh Silva from Neath Port Talbot has received a £1,500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, gymnast Kayleigh beat stiff competition to scoop the prize for the Wales region.
15 year old Kayleigh has been competing in gymnastics since the age of six, and has travelled the world in doing so. She took third place at the 2008 Slovak open and, in the same year, took bronze in the Group 1 female individual at the A.N.A.C Championships in Las Vegas. She recently competed in the British Championships and became British Champion for Group 2 at FIG Level. Kayleigh was also awarded the British Aerobic Gymnast of the Year 2011 title at the competition.
She is currently ranked number one in her age group. She has her sights set on competing in the Olympics and dream of becoming the world champion at senior level. Commenting on her award win, Kayleigh said, “I am really grateful to OCS as it means so much to my mum and dad to see me doing well. It will relieve financial pressures and means I can concentrate on competing.”
Kayleigh will join the winners from nine other UK regions, four 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.”