Young Hopkinstown Sporting Star Receives Top Award

22nd Oct 2010

Rhys Pugh from Hopkinstown has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of his outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid.  Golfer Rhys beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the Wales region.

Rhys picked up the ‘golfing bug’ whilst on holiday in Cornwall when he was just eight yeas old after playing on a par three course. The sixteen year old is an outstanding player, ranked as one of the top three golfers in the UK for U18’s and he currently plays with a handicap of + 3.

Rhys recently competed in the European Men’s Championships and scooped the Peter McEvoy Trophy (U18’s) making him only the second Welshman in history to win the accolade.

In 2009 Rhys took the title of winner for both the Aberconwy trophy and Fairhaven Trophy. Rhys 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.

The awards event will be held on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, with winners from ten UK regions and the Disabled Athlete and Young Star categories.  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.”

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