Jack Roughan from Shrewsbury has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Jack beat off stiff competition to win the Disabled Athlete award.
16 year old Jack is partially sighted and attends NCW, a specialist school for blind and partially sighted children. He was encouraged by his teacher to try running only last hear and he found this was something he could do well. Jack ran in the CP Grand Prix in June 2008, coming a close second in the 100m to Ben Rushgrove who went on to win a silver medal in Beijing. He applied to attend a talent day with Paralympics GB and did so well at this that he was invited to Loughborough University for evaluation. On the second evaluation, he was short-listed with a few athletes but was unfortunately not selected for the development programme. Although disappointed, not one to be deterred, Jack decided he would not give up but would show people how good he could be. Jack has only been competing for 12 months yet some of his recent results include gold medal at the Metro Games, gold at DSE National and a silver medal at the IBSA World Championships. “My ambition is to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games,” says Jack, “and I want to encourage and help other visually impaired athletes and show them what is possible with confidence, hard work and the right kind of help.”
Jack 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, Jack will join winners from the 10 UK regions and the Young Star category 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.”