Young Osprey wins Outstanding Achievement

Teenage second row picks up honour at Bridgend College Annual Awards

19-year old second row Lloyd Peers has received the Oustanding Achievement In Sport Award at Bridgend College's Annual Awards for the 2008/09 academic year.

Academy product Peers, who has been playing Welsh Premiership rugby for Aberavon this season, was presented with his award by former Wales winger and Olympic hurdler Nigel Walker at a ceremony held at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl.

Currently a member of the Wales U20 squad taking part in the Six Nations tournament, Peers captained the Eyasses at Under-16 and Under-18 level.According to the judges, his award was recognition of his efforts in gaining the BTEC National Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence), 'combining his studies with a hectic rugby schedule.  In his first year, he was part of the Welsh Schools Cup winning team and in his second year, was the captain for the College team, the Ospreys and Wales Under-18’s.  He is the first student from Bridgend College to captain Wales – a significant achievement'.

Andrew Millward, Ospreys Regional Performance Development Manager, paid tribute to Peers, saying:

"We're delighted that Lloyd has received this recognition for his educational efforts. We see continued education as an important part of any young players development and encourage all our youngsters to pursue with their education while on an Academy contract as we believe that it helps to produce better all round individuals.

"Lloyd in particular is an individual who lives up to the Ospreys values, he has a strong work ethic and a good character, while his attitude and application has helped him to reach the point where he is in fledgling career."