Sports Awards 2012: Charnwood's Owin speeds into race for top sportsman title
As Olympic fever gripped the nation this summer, the county's answer to Usain Bolt was writing his own name into the record books.
Owin Sinclair, of Charnwood Athletics Club, only turned 15 last month but he is already setting the athletics scene alight.
His outstanding achievements and consistency have put the young sprinter in contention for Young Sportsman of the Year in this year's Mercury Sports Awards.
In July, Sinclair ran the 100m in under 11 seconds to win the junior boys' final at the Aviva English Schools Track and Field Championships.
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His time of 10.92 – a personal best on electronic timing – broke the previous 15-year-old junior boys' record set by Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis.
This was followed by a sensational sprint double at the National Under-15 Championships in August when the youngster romped to victory in both the 100m and 200m.
His wind-assisted time of 10.83secs in the 100m final would have set a new championship record had it not been for 0.2 metres per second outside the legal wind allowance.
Sinclair's coach, Phil Evans, said the consistency and form his runner has shown has been outstanding.
"Owin has a huge amount of natural talent. When you look at other young UK sprinters who have come through since Lewis-Francis, Owin is arguably quicker than other people were at his age," he said.
"It's obviously very difficult to know how far he will go.
"He has already shown a considerable improvement and I expect he can run quicker again at under-17.
"How far he can go is down to him. If he remains as dedicated as he is now, I can see no reason why he can't go up and up.
"But I don't want to pile too much pressure on a young lad, so I try to keep the expectations quite down-to-earth."
Sinclair is ranked number one in the UK at under-15 level for indoor and outdoor 60m, 100m and 200m, and indoor long jump in 2012, and also all-time number one for the 100m outdoor and indoor.
In February, Sinclair produced a terrific treble at the national under-15 indoor championships in Birmingham, when he triumphed in both the 60m and 200m sprints as well as claiming victory in the long jump.
His time of 22.30sec in the 200m was the second-fastest indoor 200m time by an under-15 boy ever.
There are 14 categories in the sports awards: sportsman, sportswoman, manager/ coach, team, under-19 team, club, young sportsman, young sportswoman, junior sportsman (14 and under), junior sportswoman, community, Active4Life, lifetime achievement and the Neville Hamilton Award.
To nominate an athlete or team, complete the form below. Nominations close on December 4.