A Banbridge 13 year-old, who started riding an automatic motocross bike on his sixth birthday, has been awarded a Rainbow Communications Sports Award, in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.
Cailum Meara, who attends Newbridge Integrated College in Loughbrickland, will use the funding towards travel costs for the European rounds of the Honda 150 championship and to help maintain his bike.
"My family has a motocross background as my dad used to race, my two older brothers race and my younger brother who is six, has also just started. I enjoy motocross because of it being physically demanding and requiring a lot of skill. I am committed and put in as much of my time outside school that I can," Cailum said.
"Last year was tough as I broke my collarbone during the first round of the European Championship which really set me back, as I missed the next round putting me down the overall points standing. But I was determined and kept working hard throughout the season and was able to get back up to 13th in the championship which is something I am very proud of.
"My long term goals are to reach the World Championships and make it to the very top of my sport and I am committed to putting in the hard work and effort to achieve the most I can."
Stuart Carson of Rainbow Communications, Northern Ireland's largest independent business telecoms company, said: "Cailum has set his sights on becoming the best in his field and I have no doubt with the commitment he has already shown to date coupled with the skills he is working hard to develop, this is something he can achieve."
To find about how you can apply for the award, visit www.marypeterstrust.org.