Young Stevenage Sporting Star Receives Top Award

4th Nov 2011

Lewis Roskilly from Stevenage 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, tennis player Lewis beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the London East region.

15 year old Lewis has been playing tennis from the age of six, when his tennis coach mum took him to the local club. He soon started playing in competitions, winning the County Closed U10s at the age of eight. In 2010, he represented GB in the Youth Olympics and also represented England in the four nations.

Lewis trains at the WimX Tennis Academy, Chingford, and sometimes spends up to five hours a day practising.  He divides his time between lessons, playing in a squad and training with his coach. 

Lewis’s dream is to be the world number one in his sport and to take part in grand slams. He also wants to encourage other young tennis players:  “I want to give something back to the LTA for all the support they have given me by helping the younger kids,” comments Lewis.  “I know what a struggle it can be to make a name for yourself in tennis.”

Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners include Olympic athletes, 400m runner Richard Buck, and gymnasts Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle MBE, along with 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.”

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