Scottish skier, Eilidh McLeod, 16, was named Scotland Regional Winner at this year's OCS Young Sports Person Awards. The awards, now in its tenth year, acknowledge and support sporting achievements by young people.
Since joining the British team at 12, Eilidh has enjoyed a run of successes, holding the title of 2006 Scottish Ladies Slalom Champion and being the only female in the British Championships on the podium in every event.
The ten regional winners, including a disabled winner each receive £2,500. The prize money is a great benefit to the younger athletes as it will boost their opportunity to travel abroad. Eilidh says: "I'm ecstatic! The money will help a lot, because there is so much travelling - to where I need to be to train and compete. But what I think is more important is that the OCS Award will increase people's awareness of the sport and perhaps lead to a few more people trying it."
An inspirational award scheme which celebrates different sporting achievements can only enhance the sport of skiing as being a lifestyle worth taking up