Shakira Ley from Chingford has been awarded £2,000 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Shakira beat off stiff competition to win the regional award in the London M25 region.
17 year old female boxer Shakira, a member of the Waltham Forest Boxing Club, has won the National Female Championships two years running. In 2008 she won the Amateur Boxing Association of England 50kgs junior category and this year she made the transition to 51kgs senior event and won the novice category. It was exciting news this summer when the International Olympic Committee added women’s boxing to the London 2012 programme. Shakira will certainly be one to watch as she works extremely hard in the gym and displays a very positive attitude in competition. “I’m really looking forward to going to receive my award,” says Shakira. “It’s great to be recognised in this way and encouraged in my sport.”
Shakira 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, Shakira 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 be at the event, including 2008 Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. A host of other 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.”