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Rising star takes top sporting title

OLYMPIC hopeful Dannielle Khan has sped to victory in the Young Sports Person of the Year awards.

OLYMPIC hopeful Dannielle Khan has sped to victory in the Young Sports Person of the Year awards.

The Shirley skater had already beaten off stiff competition from around the West Midlands to go through to the national finals.

And at the awards ceremony last week, the 14-year-old was named the overall winner and was presented with the trophy by British gymnast Beth Tweddle.

Dannielle, who first pulled on skates at Solihull Ice Rink, will now receive £8000 funding over the next three years. This sum is on top of the £2000 she was awarded for winning the West Midlands heat.

Speaking at last week’s ceremony, she said she found her passion for skating by watching a competition with her dad.

“I just wanted to have a go,” she said. “It’s tough, rough and very tactical and that’s what I really enjoy about it.”

The Tudor Grange School pupil hopes to use the money to fly out to South Korea - a country renowned for its speed skating expertise.

Having previously won a number of national and European titles, the teenager’s dream is to compete for Great Britain at the Winter Olympics.

The Young Sports Person Awards - sponsored by OCS - have been running for several years and recognise the country’s brightest young talents.

 

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