TWO OF Thurrock’s emerging stars have bee nominated for BBC Essex young sports person of the year.
Joshua Olaware from Ormiston Park Academy and Michael Moloney from Gateway Academy are up for the Sports Essex prize which will be announced live on BBC Essex on Thursday November 17th.
They were both nominated by club members. Here are their nominations.
“Joshua is an extremely talented athlete who was won four national medals, including two gold medals, in four separate events this year, earning him selection for the English Schools team at an indoor competition in Glasgow this December.
Nationally Joshua won the English Schools Intermediate Boys’ Octathlon Championships at Exeter on 17th & 18th September winning three of the eight individuals events (long jump, 100m hurdles and shot) and setting a new club record points total of 5200 points which ranks him number 1 in the UK this year.
By comparison that is almost on a par with Britain’s last great international combined event athlete Dean Macey who scored 5311 points at the same age.
In August at the England Athletics championships at Bedford Joshua won the long jump with a new personal best and club record of 7.20m, and at the same championships he also won a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles in another personal best & club record. Indoors last winter he won a silver medal at triple jump in the National Under 17 championships and was fourth in the 60m hurdles event.
At county & Regional Joshua won indoor titles at 60m hurdles & long jump, and followed up with county outdoor titles at 100m hurdles and long jump, and Essex Schools title at Triple Jump. Joshua is a potential Great Britain international athlete and winning this award would provide added incentive for him to work hard towards the next level of achievement at U20 (Junior Level).”
“I am nominating young Michael Moloney because I feel his personality deserves acknowledgement. Michael is a sixteen your old boy who demonstrates great maturity in our gym as well as in the field of amateur boxing. Michael has achieved so much in the time he has been a member of Chadwell St Mary A.B.C. He is a Schoolboy Champion, Three nations Champion and a junior A.B.A Champion. “Mikey” is a very well liked boy in the gym on the boxing circuit as well as in the local community.
Mikey is dedicated to the sport and trains very hard at every opportunity (including christmas day). Mikey is a great team member and helps everybody in the gym especially the youngsters, he is a brilliant mentor.
Mikey has also learnt to read and write through interaction with other members of the gym and by access of the boxing forum warrior. Mikey even travelled to New York with the Essex A.B.A. This is a massive achievement for such a young boy who comes from a very close family and is never far from his grandfather. Mikey is an absolute star and a very deservent nominee.”