TALENTED teenager JJ Brown has scooped a prestigious national award for his superb performances across two sports.
The Catherington youngster, who has two under-15 national javelin titles to his name, was voted Sporting Schoolboy of the Year by School Sports Magazine.
The Portsmouth Grammar School pupil won the junior boys’ English Schools’ Athletics Association Javelin Championship last summer.
And that success came just six weeks after an operation on his foot left him in a plaster cast for a fortnight.
Brown beat the event’s runner-up by more than 1.5m at the competition in Gateshead.
And he went on to secure a second national title in the England Athletics under-15 boys’ javelin competition, with a throw of 57.27m.
That impressive effort placed him eighth on the all-time list for the age group.
His performances are all the more remarkable given that he only chanced his arm at the sport for the first time in April last year – little more than 18 months ago.
If that wasn’t enough, Brown was also a key member of this year’s PGS under-15 cricket team.
The side won The Lord’s Taverners’ Cup and were also finalists in the National Schools Twenty20 competition last season.
At 48 for four against Bradfield College in the semi-final of the Lord’s Taverners’ competition, Brown scored 75 in a partnership of 152 to save the game for PGS.
Then, in the final, his javelin arm came into play, dismissing one of Denstone College’s key batsman with an outstanding throw from the longest boundary, which went straight into the hands of his wicket-keeper.
The 14-year-old all-rounder is also a keen hockey player, having represented his country at junior level in the sport.
Brown said: ‘I really enjoy all the sports in which I compete.
‘And I hope to continue to perform at the best level I can.
‘I am sure the build-up to the 2012 Olympics will inspire me to train hard in order to achieve my personal goals next year.
‘It is great to win an award like this and receive recognition for my success.’
School Sports Magazine’s editor Mr Phil Tusler – a former journalist at The News – added: ‘The Sporting Schoolboy of 2011 award, sponsored by Maude Sports, was highly competitive with 65 entries across a range of sports.
‘JJ’s win is fully deserved.’