16 December 2013Living Sport Sports Award Winner spends day with Jonnie Peacock
Thirteen-year-old Harry O’Driscoll, winner of The Jonnie Peacock Award at this year’s Living Sport Sports Awards, visited Jonnie Peacock at his training ground in Loughborough last week. Jonnie invited Harry to spend the afternoon with him at the High Performance Athletics Centre based Loughborough University where he shared training tips and advice on becoming an elite athlete.
Harry picked up the first ever Jonnie Peacock Award in November this year following 365 nights sleeping in a tent to raise money for Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. He camped in his garden in Buckden, Cambridgeshire throughout one of the harshest winters on record raising over £10,000. The award has been created to recognise young athletes in the county who overcome the toughest challenges and never give up.
During the visit Jonnie encouraged Harry to try out the 110M sprint lane, the start blocks and gave him some hints to improve his running technique. Harry in turn, revealed his favourite stretches that keep him in tip top shape for his 18 hours of training per week.
Jonnie Peacock, Paralympic Athlete said ‘I want this award to go to someone who has done something amazing, and Harry is that person. The commitment and determination he showed in his attempts to raise money was unbelievable.’
Harry said of the recognition ‘I didn’t expect to receive anything for my efforts and was totally surprised when I received the Award. Meeting Jonnie was absolutely fantastic.’
Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive of LIVING SPORT said, ‘We were thrilled to have The Jonnie Peacock Award at this year’s ceremony and we are excited to see the worthy nominations that flood in next summer. We are honoured that Jonnie wants to work with Living Sport to showcase this particular award, it will mean so much to future winners, as it has done for young Harry this year.’
A full list of award recipients is available at www.livingsport.co.uk
The 8th LIVING SPORT Awards Ceremony took place at Burgess Hall, St Ives on the evening of 14th November 2013.