Andrew Elkins from Poole has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Andrew beat off stiff competition to win the regional award in the South West region.
16 year old Andrew excels in hammer throwing and this year has won every national U17 title in his sport, including the 2009 UK School Games. His hard work and commitment have led to his earning number 1 position in the U17 UK rankings. Having won the English School Championships and gaining his GB vest, Andrew qualified for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Finland where he got to the final and finished 10th. He has high hopes for the future and says, “my PB is 65m 57cm. I want to throw 70m in Moscow to qualify for the Olympics.”
Andrew 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 his award at a celebratory event on 26th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Andrew 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.”