A TEENAGE skater - who has the Winter Olympics in her sights - has sped to victory in the regional heat of the OCS Young Sports Person Awards.
Dannielle Khan, aged 14, beat a top selection of sporty youngsters to scoop a £2000 prize.
The award will bring the Shirley schoolgirl closer to her goal of going to train in South Korea - which is world-renowned for its speed-skating expertise.
“It was a real surprise hearing that I’d won the award - I didn’t expect it at all,” said the Tudor Grange School pupil. “I started skating when I was eight-years-old. I went down to the ice rink in Solihull, put on some skates and absolutely loved it. Now I train every day.”
Later this month, Dannielle will join the nine other winners - from around the UK - at a ceremony in London. Once there, the judges will announce which of the finalists has been chosen as the national winner.
The lucky individual will receive a further £8000 over the next three years.
Whether or not she wins the overall prize, Dannielle is determined to become a professional athlete. And she’s already well on her way - winning junior championships at both British and European level.
“I want to represent my country at the Olympics. I would love to complete at the games which will be held in Russia in 2014,” she said.
“My next goal is probably to compete at the junior world championships. If I go in there, there will be the best skaters from around the world and it will be a really good experience.”
In the meantime, Dannielle will continue to put in the hours at the Hobs Moat rink and represent the Mohawks Ice Racing Club.