IT’S time once again to crown the youth sport champion of the Chichester district.
Featured here are five youngsters who have received national recognition in their sport in the past year and are on the shortlist to win the main Youth Sport Achievement Award in the annual scheme run by Chichester District Council.
We have outlined their achievements here – now it is down to you, the readers, to vote for the young star you think should win the crown.
They will receive the Dennis Polhill Award at the ceremony at Westgate Leisure next Saturday, June 21.
There’s no time to waste – votes must be received at the Chichester Observer sports desk (full address on voting form) by 9am on Friday, June 20. To vote, you do need a current copy of the Observer (June 12). Turn to page 118 and fill in the form.
The June 21 ceremony will also see a host of other award winners announced following careful deliberation by a panel of judges from the council and their partners in this annual initiative, the Chichester Observer and Rotary Club of Chichester Priory.
Winners will be named in six categories: volunteer of the year, outstanding sports performance, young person’s commitment to sport, outstanding contribution to sport, coach of the year and team of the year.
In addition, a host of youngsters will receive bronze awards for representing the district in their chosen sport or silver awards for representing the region or county – with the gold-award winners all honoured for making the national sporting scene.
Achille Boswell: Member of Novio Magnum Pistol Club. Has represented country as a part of National Smallbore Rifle Association team. In the 2013 Junior World Cup he was second in the 50m light varmint. He represented GB in the 2013 European Championships, receiving a bronze medal for air rifle heavy varmint. Aged 11, he attained the World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest bronze award. Has qualified to represent GB in the Benchrest World Championships next year.
Sara Carr: Target rifle shooter, represented GB schools squad in July 2013, finishing second in three individual competitions, then finished as top scorer for the winning GB team against Denmark. Her most prestigious international selection was for the GB Randle team, a full ladies’ team competing against the USA ladies. This season has started with an invitation to represent GB schools in Germany, with Sara once again scoring top for the Brits.
Isaac Jolley: Fencer who won the 2013 premier under-14 foil series and a number of Leon Paul events. He won both the 2013 under-14 Sussex championship and 2013 south-east championship titles and captained the team that brought the Sussex junior team foil trophy to Chichester. At just 13 he represented England in the under-15 foil at the Marathon de Fleuret in Paris. Competed at the under-17 British cadet championships. Now competing, and succeeding, in adult open competitions.
Oscar O’Hara: Fencer whose success in British selection circuit events saw him selected for the under-17 GB Team to fence in individual and team events in Cabries, France and Bratislava, Slovakia. In December, he was part of the south-east region team who competed at Millfield School and won Cadet Winton 2013. He won the Sussex under-18 foil, Sussex under-20 foil and the Sussex men’s foil. Oscar went on to claim sixth place in the under-18 boys’ foil at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield.
Courtney Hansford: Talented young hockey player appeared in nine international matches for England-under 16s in 2013, including a tour of Germany. She also played for Sussex and was part of the team that reached the final of the national under-18s tournament this year. Was recently boosted when she was selected to go through AASE National Academy for elite sports men and women.
Oscar McCall: Skier selected for Sport England under 14-16 development squad. More recently, Oscar was selected for the British ski and snowboard under-16 squad. He won the Welsh championships in Champery, France, in January 2014. In February he represented Great Britain at the Andorra children’s race, where he finished 11th in a very competitive international field.