YOUNG rhythmic gymnast Emily Mortimer has won the 2015 OCS Young Sportsperson of the Year Award for the Central and North region.
The 12-year-old, from Leamington Spa, got into rhythmic gymnastics after a ‘try session’ and from then on she learned new skills and experienced the excitement of competing.
Emily’s inspiration comes from Rachel Smith, from her local club, who competed in the 2012 Olympics and made her realise dreams were possible.
Her biggest influence is her coach who always pushes to get the best from her and is constantly offering advice and encouragement.
The award was made to Emily at a ceremony in London, which was hosted by BBC Sport commentator and former international gymnast Gabby Logan, who congratulated all the award winners on their achievement.
Chris Cracknell, CEO of OCS Group International, said: “The OCS YSP Award is more than just another sports award offering sports funding and bursaries to young sports people – we take the opportunity to celebrate with our customers and staff the fantastic achievements of these future sports stars.”
Since the awards began in 1998, OCS has made sports bursaries of almost £600,000 to over 249 deserving young people.
The awards give outstanding young athletes recognition and support to help them with the strain of training, travelling and competing.
Offering independent recognition and financial assistance at the start of their journey when, more often than not, parents and guardians are the solitary sponsor, makes a huge difference.
Further information about past winners and the awards can be found at http://www.ocs.co.uk/ocs-young-sportsperson-awards.