17 year old rower Edward Nainby-Luxmoore from Middleton-in-Teesdale has been named overall winner of the OCS Young Sports Person Awards 2010 at a recent celebratory luncheon. English artistic gymnasts Beth Tweddle MBE and Louis Smith – both previous winners of an OCS Young Sports Person Award - presented Ed with his prize.
Ed contended for the title of the OCS Young Sports Person Awards Overall Winner alongside 9 other regional winners and the winner of the disabled athlete category. He will receive £10,000 funding from OCS over the next 3 years to support the pressures young people often face at the start of their sporting career.
Staggeringly, Ed has been rowing for just 3 years after his school, Eton College, encouraged him to give it a try instead of the traditional sport of rugby. As one of the top competitors in the Junior Rowing Squad, Ed was selected to represent Great Britain in the Youth Olympics in Singapore with his partner Caspar Jopling in August and did extremely well, taking 4th place overall in his category. Ed was also part of a team that took silver at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in August.
The 2010 OCS Young Sports Person Awards event in conjunction with SportsAid took place on 25th November at the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval in London, hosted by leading BBC sports commentator Paul Dickenson. Young sporting stars from across the UK received their award from celebrity guests from a wide range of sports, including windsurfing, karate and judo.