Jessica Anderson from Oldham has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Cyclist Jessica beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the North West region.
Fifteen year old Jessica is a very tactical rider who has been doing extremely well in both road and track racing. She first took up cycling aged six after learning her father was a cyclist and began to do cycle cross through the mud. Jessica then further progressed to road and track and now practises in the Velodrome, Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track.
Achieving her first record when she was just eight years old with a time trial on the road, Jessica has pushed herself extremely hard in the sport and is currently a member of the National Olympic Talent Team. Her ambition is to get on to the Olympic Development Programme (ODP) this year, then progress to Academy and GB Squad with her dream being to compete in the Olympics.
Travelling to London to collect her award at a celebratory event on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Jessica 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. A host of top sporting stars will also give their support 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.”