Eleanor Faulkner from Sheffield has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Eleanor beat off stiff competition to win the regional award in the North East region.
16 year old Eleanor started swimming when she was just 4 years old and took up the sport seriously at 9. She has competed for both England and Great Britain and this year won the European Junior Championships Women’s 5k, taking gold in 59 minutes 56 seconds. At the British Nationals in August she broke the 400m front crawl record and has most recently competed in Dubai in the Open Water 10k. “I’m really pleased to have won this award,” says Eleanor. “I’ve got to travel a lot to compete and this will help me as it’s very expensive.”
Eleanor was selected for an award from thousands of young sports people who were identified and nominated to SportsAid by their sport’s National Governing Body.
Travelling to London to collect her award at a celebratory event on 26th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Eleanor will join winners from the 9 other UK regions and the Disabled Athlete and Young Star category winners. On the day OCS will announce one overall winner, who will receive a further £8,000-worth of support over three years.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners will attend the event, including 2008 Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. A host of top sporting stars will also give their support including 2008 Olympic Gold medallist Tim Brabants, Clare Balding, Iwan Thomas and Rory Underwood.
Chris Cracknell, chief executive of OCS said, “The OCS Young Sports Person Awards and our partnership with SportsAid strongly underpins our objective of putting something back into the communities in which we work and supporting young people through financial assistance and encouragement in their sporting activities. Our winners have gone on to achieve great things for our country and we will continue to support our sporting future as we race towards 2012.”
Since the Awards began in 1998, OCS has made sports bursaries in excess of £235,000 to over 100 deserving young people and, over the last 30 years, SportsAid has supported in excess of 1,500 able bodied and disabled young sports people each year and is at the heart of the talented athlete sponsorship scheme (TASS). Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid, commented, “This is the second year SportsAid is joining forces with OCS, a company already committed to funding talented youngsters through the Young Sports Person Awards. We are delighted that by working together we can offer even more awards to talented young athletes.”