Rosie Bancroft from Oxford has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Swimmer Rosie beat stiff competition to win the award for the Disabled category.
Fifteen year old Rosie was born with her right leg missing below her knee, but her determination to succeed is admirably strong. She has been swimming since she was very young but first started to compete in the sport when she was eleven years old. She currently holds seven gold medals that she won at the DSE Junior National Championships and she has been on the England Talent Programme for the past two years.
Most impressively, Rosie is a British record holder with the relay team and is ranked in the top three for women’s 400m freestyle (S10) in the UK. Her dream is to make the Development Team in 2011 and to compete at the Paralympic Games in 2012.
Travelling to London to collect her award at a celebratory event on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Rosie will join winners from the nine other UK regions and the 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, Beth Tweddle 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.”