At her first SportsBall since becoming SportsAid’s patron earlier this year, last night Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge helped to highlight the amazing commitment, sacrifices and achievements of young British athletes who one day hope to compete at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
After meeting SportsAid alumni Amy Williams MBE (TASS Award), Baroness Grey-Thompson and Anna Watkins MBE, the Duchess was introduced to some of the charity’s partners who are helping SportsAid to support the next generation of British sportsmen and women.
The Duchess then joined the guests for dinner at this landmark annual event – which was sponsored by Eversheds and London Clubs International – during which she announced the winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award: 16-year-old junior shotgun world record holder Amber Hill from Bracknell, whose SportsAid Award this year was provided by Lloyds Bank Local Heroes.
Amber said, “Tonight has been absolutely amazing. To have won the One-to-Watch Award out of so many amazing athletes is just incredible. I’d like to thank SportsAid and Lloyds Bank for all the funding this year, it’s been a massive part of the success, as well as my family and friends for all the support they’ve given me.
“Meeting the Duchess was incredible. She is such a lovely person and a great role model. The fact that she recognises young people in sport is a great thing.”
During the event guests enjoyed live demonstrations from young athletes who are supported by SportsAid from a range of sports including cycling, judo, fencing, table tennis, taekwondo and wheelchair basketball.
SportsAid’s Chief Executive Tim Lawler said, “The SportsBall is a very special occasion in the winter calendar – it’s a celebration of sport, for sport’s sake. The attendance this year of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge took things to a new level. It was a wonderful evening featuring some amazing young athletes – the living legacy of 2012 is in safe hands.”
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Background on the One-to-Watch Award is available here.