Edward Nainby-Luxmoore from Middleton-in-Teesdale has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Rower Edward beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the North East region.
Ed took up the sport of rowing just three years ago when he started at Eton boarding school and took part in the Coupe de la Jeunesse (Junior European Rowing Championships). Now aged seventeen, Ed is one of the top boys in the Junior Rowing squad and was selected to represent GB in Rowing at the Youth Olympics in Singapore and also at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in August.
At the Junior World Championships in 2009, Ed took second place and he scooped the title at the Munich Junior International Regatta in May this year after racing in the coxless four – only the third time that GB has won the event.
Ed is very competitive and trains nearly every day. He hopes to try for the U23 next year and it is his ambition to make the Olympics.
Travelling to London to collect his award at a celebratory event on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Ed will join winners from the nine 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 £8,500-worth of support over three years.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners will attend the event alongside a host of top sporting stars including Ade Adepitan MBE, Iwan Thomas MBE and Rory Underwood MBE.
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.”