Jodie Williams from Welwyn Garden City has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Jodie beat off stiff competition to become joint winner of regional award for London East.
To date, 16 year old Jodie has won all of the 130 races she has entered. A real star of the future, Jodie was recently awarded the SportsAid One to Watch Award 2009. She became champion in 100m and 200m at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy, in July, has been National Champion in 60m, 100m and 200m since 2007 and is ranked third at senior level over 60m, 100m & 200m. At the World Championships, Jodie ran 11.39 - the fastest time in the world this year and the best ever for any European female sprinter aged under 18 in the 100m – and ran 23.08 in the 200m. She is also 400m U17 number 1. Jodie started running at the age of 7, taking up the sport seriously when she was 11. “I love the individual challenge,” says Jodie. “To win the OCS Young Sports Person Award 2009 would be the icing on the cake of a brilliant year.” Her ambitions for the future are being in the 2012 Olympic relay team and winning a 100m Olympic gold medal in 2016.
Jodie 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 her award at a celebratory event on 26th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Jodie 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.”