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OCS celebrates success at the Rio Olympic Games

05 October 2016

This year’s Olympic Games showcased the world’s greatest athletes, and representing Great Britain at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio were 13 former OCS Young Sportsperson Award finalists.

Third time Olympian Louis Smith MBE, who previously won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and a silver medal and team bronze at the 2012 Olympics, brought home another silver medal in this year’s pommel horse event.

Smith confirmed his place as one of Britain’s most successful Olympic gymnasts.

Paraswimmer Alice Tai competed in the S10 backstroke and 100m medley relay, achieving bronze and gold medals respectively.

Swimmer Eleanor Faulkner competed in the women’s 200 m freestyle event and Dan Wallace won silver as part of the GB 200m freestyle relay team.

Bethany Firth, a Paralympic Champion and world record holder in disability swimming, also won gold in the S14 100m backstroke, gold in the 200m freestyle, and silver in the 100m breaststroke.

In athletics, last year’s 2015 Young Sportsperson Award winner Polly Maton was selected to compete in the Paralympic 100 metres and long jump.

Jodie Williams, athletics sprinter and silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, competed in the 200 m.

Non Stanford competed in the women’s triathlon, narrowly missing a medal place, and swimmer David Hill was selected to compete in his second Paralympics, this time in the paratriathlon.

Demonstrating the wide range of sports supported by the OCS Young Sportsperson Awards, Hannah Mills won gold in the 470 sailing event and Fiona Pennie competed in the canoeing slalom while Paul Drinkhall, a 2012 Olympian, and Liam Pitchford competed in the table tennis.

Peter Slator, Group CEO, said: “I have the utmost admiration for the hard work and determination shown by these young athletes in enabling them to reach their goal. The fact that OCS has played a part in their journey is very rewarding.”

The OCS YSP awards are now in their nineteenth year and during that time have made bursaries to over 200 young athletes.

The awards are run in partnership with SportsAid, the charity responsible for funding emerging sports talent in the UK and helping the next generation of British athletes succeed.

As well as taking great pride in the support it has given to the sporting success of young people across the UK, OCS is delighted that Dylan Alcott, the company’s PRM (passengers with reduced mobility) Ambassador in Australia achieved two gold medals in the Rio Paralympics in tennis quad doubles and quad singles.

He now has three Olympic medals, having won gold in the Beijing Paralympics in a completely different sport of wheelchair basketball.

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