Dundee’s Sarah Kelly has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Sarah beat off stiff competition to win the regional award in Scotland.
16 year old Sarah from Dundee has been competing in athletics for just two years but is already the AAAs 2008 Champion over 1500m and the 2008 Scottish Champion over 800m. Sarah, who started out as a swimmer, is also the Scottish Triathlon Champion. Currently ranked number 1 in Scotland U17 in both 800m and 1500m, this year Sarah broke the U17 800m Scottish record at the British Grand Prix at Gateshead. In May this year, she won the Scottish closed U17 800m Championship and at the end of May she broke the Scottish U17 National 1500m record by over 3 seconds. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be receiving this award,” says Sarah. “It will definitely help me along the way to achieving my ambition of qualifying for 2012 and Glasgow 2014.”
Sarah 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, Sarah 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 other 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.”