Jennifer Pickering from Wollaton has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Speed skater Jennifer beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the Midlands region.
Twelve year old Jennifer is one of only five British skaters to have reached the finals of the Star Class competition, an international contest for elite short track Speed Skaters residing in Western Europe. At nine years old Jennifer took to the ice and spent a year working her way to the highest level from where she could concentrate on one of four disciplines; ice dance, figure skating, synchronised skating or speed skating.
After achieving gold awards in two of these disciplines, Jennifer was able to start speed skating which was a long term ambition. She broke the British 2000m relay record along with three team mates – a proud moment as she was also captain of the team at the time. In 2009, Jennifer took first place at the Scottish Open at Mont Blanc.
Travelling to London to collect her award at a celebratory event on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Jennifer 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 £8,500-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.”