Saskia Sills from Launceston has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Windsurfer Saskia beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the South West region.
Saskia was influenced to take up windsurfing by her brother when she was just seven years old and after discovering a natural flair for the sport, entered her first competition in 2005 aged just nine.
After obtaining first place in the U15 World Championships on the Techno Windsurfing circuit, thirteen year old Saskia is a rising star in the sport. She regularly trains with her twin sister on a local lake twenty five minutes from where she lives and as part of the RYA National Junior squad, trains five weekends in the winter. Saskia enjoys competitions all over Europe, often taking a podium spot and beating the boys.
Saskia won Young Windsurfer of the Year, following in her brother’s footsteps; he has been World Champion twice and shows a lot of promise for the future in windsurfing. She also hopes to join the Olympic Development Squad and compete in the Youth Worlds.
Travelling to London to collect her award at a celebratory event on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Saskia 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, 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.”