Graeme McCarter from Strabane has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Graeme beat off stiff competition to win the regional award in Northern Ireland.
16 year old Graeme is an excellent sportsman and has, over the last year, had to choose between badminton or cricket as he has been successful enough to represent his country in both sports. Graeme has now decided to concentrate his efforts on cricket and has high ambitions of one day becoming a professional cricketer. For the second season, Graeme has received a Gloucestershire academy contract and was selected for the Irish u17 cricket team to play in the European championships in Jersey this summer. He has continued to work hard and was rewarded with selection on the Irish u19 squad that played in the World Cup qualifiers in Canada. Ireland having won this, he will now travel with the squad to New Zealand for the u19 world cup in January.
Graeme 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, Graeme 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.”