Rugby Union star flying high as he is named YST Sportsperson of the Year

Talented rugby union fly-half Marcus Smith has been named as the Youth Sport Trust Sportsperson of the Year at the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs)

The Harlequins player received his award, which is supported by the national children’s charity, at a ceremony on Saturday night with some of the greats of the sporting world in attendance.

The 18-year-old is already regularly called up to England training squads for his talent and signed his first professional contract with Harlequins in January.

Marcus told Sky Sports News that his journey in rugby has been an “unreal experience”.

This is an absolute honour. I'm half-Filipino so being half-Asian this award is very close to my heart.

The BEDSAs, hosted by the charity Sporting Equals, celebrate sporting excellence within Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of athletes.

Arun Kang CEO Sporting Equals and Founder of The BEDSAs commenting on a wonderful evening said:

The BEDSA awards never disappoint celebrating the outstanding work of volunteers and communities to the achievements of World class performers like Maro Itoje, Ellie Downie and Kadeena Cox. They are now a key date in the sporting calendar and important in terms of not only showcasing the excellent work and talent among diverse communities but also highlighting that there is much work still to do to tackle inequalities and under-representation in some areas of sport.

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