Dannielle Khan from Solihull has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Dannielle beat off stiff competition to win the regional award in the Midlands region.
At 13 years old, Dannielle is the best speed skater Great Britain has seen in decades. Earlier this season she smashed the 3 Junior National records for the distances she competes in. She first took up skating when she was 8 years old after her Dad took her to a competition in Nottingham. Dannielle is the U15 National Champion, Age Group European Champion and the British Record holder in her age group in 3 distances, 2 laps, 3 laps & 41/2 laps. Danielle is an absolute phenomenon in her sport. She will possibly represent Great Britain at the Socchi Olympics and could well medal at the 2018 Winter Games. Winning this award will help Dannielle in her ambition to go to South Korea to train and improve her technique with the Korean squad.
Dannielle 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, Dannielle 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.”