Tin Tin Ho from Westminster has been awarded 500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Tin Tin beat off stiff competition to win Young Star award.
Tin Tin is just 10 years old yet a definite star for the future of table tennis. She practices every day after school with her Dad who is her coach. Playing since the age of 5, Tin Tin attends England training camps once a month. Steed Hansen, performance director for the English Table Tennis Association, has high praise for Tin Tin. “The talent is so big that there is a serious possibility that she could represent Great Britain in London 2012,” says Hansen. Tin Tin also has high ambitions for the future and aims to enter the 2012 Olympic Games and win the European Youth U15. “Winning the OCS Young Sports Person Award would make me so happy and encourage me to move on and win even more awards,” she says. Tin Tin has dominated her age group since she took up the sport and, despite her young age, recently won the British title for under 13,12 and 11 girls.
Tin Tin 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, Tin Tin will join winners from the 10 UK regions and the Disabled Athlete winner. 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.”