Rosie Cooper MP has today visited Downing Street with West Lancashire sporting hero, 17 year old track and field athlete Wayne Ashall from Scarisbrick, Ormskirk.
Wayne attended the reception as a guest of the Prime Minister and Mrs Brown to celebrate the exceptional achievements of young 16 to 24 year olds in a national cross section of areas ranging from academic studies, voluntary or charity work to sports and athletics. This summer Wayne competed in the European Youth Olympics Festival in Belgrade where he won a gold medal for the UK in the Under 18’s 4x100 metres relay event.
Rosie said: “I think it’s fantastic that we had such a talented young sportsman from Ormskirk representing our country in the Youth Olympics Festival in Belgrade this summer. I’ve no doubt that with Wayne’s impressive list of achievements at such a young age he has a great future and career ahead of him. This visit to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister is a recognition of Wayne’s hard work and success thus far as a young athlete.”
Rosie added: “With the much anticipated arrival of the 2012 Olympic Games in the U.K we have a real opportunity to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. I am sure Wayne’s success will encourage many more young people to improve their fitness by actively participating in sport.
Wayne, a member of Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton Harriers and Athletics Club, who is a student at the local sixth form college at Ormskirk School is currently ranked 4th in the UK for under-18’s 400m runners with an impressive personal best of 48.44 seconds.