Laura Casey from Lurgan has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Triathlete Laura beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the Northern Ireland region.
New to international competitions, sixteen year old Laura has shown determination and a maturity to cope with the demands of a competitive triathlon. A swimmer since the age of four, she took up cycling at the age of ten and began to take part in cross country events at the age of twelve. From this combination of talents, Laura naturally moved into competing in triathlons.
Currently ranked first in Northern Ireland and third in Great Britain, Laura has qualified to compete in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this year, hoping to beat her position of seventeenth in the 2009 games.
Laura 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 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Laura 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 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.”