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School Report comes up with Young Sports Personality questions

School Reporters at St John Wall Catholic School
The School Reporters at St John Wall Catholic School had to think about open and closed questions

The annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, bringing together the great and the good from the world of sport for an evening of entertainment and excitement.

QUESTIONS
What inspired you to start playing/doing your sport?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
What do you do to unwind and relax away from sport?
Who is your role model and why?
What was your first big achievement in your sport?
What is your biggest ambition in your sport?
What is your best memory from your time playing your sport?
Do you watch Strictly Come Dancing or the X Factor? If so, who do you want to win?
How would you feel if you won YSPOTY?
Apart from your own success, what has been your favourite sporting moment of the year?
Who would you pick to compete against if you could choose anyone who ever played your sport?
What kind of sacrifices have you had to make?
How many friends do you have on Facebook?
Who are your best friends and/or main rivals in your sport?
What is your favourite song of 2010?

As well as crowning the successor to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as winner of the prestigious main award, the night will also see the award handed over to the Young Sports Personality of the Year.

This award honours the achievements of young sporting talent, with previous winners including football stars Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott, British tennis number one Andy Murray and world diving champion Tom Daley, who took home the trophy in 2007 and 2009.

This year's bash will take place in Birmingham's LG Arena, and School Reporters from St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth, Birmingham, worked as a group to come up with the list of questions that were put to all 10 nominees for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

The shortlist was revealed on 26 November, with footballer Conor Coady, diver Tom Daley, taekwondo player Jade Jones, wheelchair athlete Dan Lucker, gymnast Sam Oldham, table tennis player Liam Pitchford, tennis player Laura Robson, swimmer Emma Saunders, weightlifter Zoe Smith and sprinter Jodie Williams all selected from a list of strong contenders.

Here's the School Reporters' account of how they came up with the questions:

By Samuel, 12, Sukhpreet, 13, Manjit, 12, & Rojina, 12

On Tuesday 23 November Phil Harlow from the BBC came to our school and talked to us about the BBC News School Report.

Phil is grilled by the School Reporters from St John Wall Catholic School
BBC producer Phil is grilled by the School Reporters

We were given the opportunity to think of questions which we would like to ask the 10 nominees for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

We started to think of ideas in our groups and when we thought about our ideas we took turns to interview Phil, using a BBC microphone and recording device.

We took turns to ask questions and to find out information about Phil as a practice. He really got us involved and explained what open and closed questions are.

He asked one group at a time to ask him questions. One of our questions was "do you like working with children?"

Phil said: "Yes I do like working with children - it is really fun!''.

We learnt a lot. We were then split into smaller groups and had to come up with questions that would be put to the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year nominees for real.

The pupils work on their questions
The School Reporters work on some new questions

In groups we picked our best three or four questions and they were written on the board. We then had to pick 15 questions which, as a group, we thought would be the best to ask.

It was exciting! We can't wait to find out what they say to each question.

It was a great afternoon and we would like to thank Phil for coming to our school and sharing his experience.

Our teacher Miss McLoughlin also came to the meeting to help us and before we went home she showed us last year's BBC School Report which was excellent to motivate us for Thursday 24 March 2011.


More info on the questions: Like any good journalists, the School Reporters came up with more questions than they needed. All 15 questions were sent out to all 10 nominees, with the best 10 answers used in each Q&A.



SEE ALSO
YSPOTY contenders: Conor Coady Q&A
30 Nov 10 |  School Report
YSPOTY winner: Tom Daley Q&A
19 Dec 10 |  School Report
GB taekondo star Jade Jones Q&A
09 Aug 12 |  School Report
YSPOTY contenders: Dan Lucker Q&A
30 Nov 10 |  School Report
Olympic gymnastics: TeamGB star Sam Oldham Q&A
30 Jul 12 |  School Report
YSPOTY contenders: Liam Pitchford Q&A
30 Nov 10 |  School Report
YSPOTY contenders: Laura Robson Q&A
30 Nov 10 |  School Report
YSPOTY contenders: Emma Saunders Q&A
30 Nov 10 |  School Report
2010 YSPOTY contenders: Zoe Smith Q&A
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YSPOTY contenders: Jodie Williams Q&A
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BBC Young SPOTY 2010 - Terms and Conditions
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