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Pupils produce questions for young sport personalities

Students at Hamble Community Sports College work together
The students work together to come up with their questions

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony is a highlight of the year for many sports fans, with an evening of entertainment and excitement capped by the crowning of a deserving winner of one of the biggest accolades in British sport.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
If you could have an Olympic or Paralympic ticket for 2012, which event would it be for and why?
How do you balance the usual life of a teenager with being a high achiever in sport?
Who has been the most important person to get you where you are today?
What sacrifices have your friends and family had to make for your sporting career?
What do the 2012 Olympics being in London mean to you?
What would you like to have achieved in 10 years' time?
Do you have to have a special diet for your training? If so, what do you miss most when you're on it?
What has been the best - and the worst - moments of your sporting career so far?
When did you first realise you wanted a career in your sport and why?
What music do you listen when you train?
What is your favourite movie and why?
If you were not an athlete, what career would you like to pursue?
What is your worst habit?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

Since 2001 the event has also featured a Young Sports Personality of the Year award, with former winners including football stars Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott, British tennis number one Andy Murray and diving superstar Tom Daley, who took home the trophy in 2007, 2009 and 2010!

Daley is again among the 10 nominees for the 2011 award, along with fellow diver Jack Laugher, tennis players Laura Robson and Liam Broady, Paralympic athlete Sally Brown, cyclist Lucy Garner, boxer Pat McCormack, Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds, golfer Lauren Taylor and rugby union player Anthony Watson.

School Reporters from Hamble Community Sports College in Southampton worked as a group to come up with the list of questions that will be put to all 10 nominees for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Here's one School Reporter's account of how the pupils came up with their list of questions for the nominees:

By Nick, Digital Leader at Hamble Community Sports College

In November students from Hamble Community Sports College were lucky enough to be chosen to take part in a School Report masterclass led by BBC Sport journalist Phil Harlow.

A group of 10 Digital Leaders and 10 Sports Leaders had to come up with question to put to this year's Young Sports Personality of the Year shortlisted finalists.

A Hamble Community Sports College pupil practises their interviewing skills
The pupils practise their interviewing skills with BBC journalist Phil

The questions selected will be put to each young sports person on the BBC website to give readers more background information and get to know them more.

Initially students were able to carry out a role play as a news reporter, interviewing Phil to get them in the mind frame of a reporter and help them think of open questions that they felt would interest BBC readers.

We learned about Phil's realisation that he would never make it as a footballer and his decision to go into sport journalism instead, as well as his childhood sporting hero - Charlton full-back John Humphrey, who none of us had ever heard of!

Students broke off into small groups to create their own top ten questions which were then shared with the all students to debate and the favourite questions were selected.

On behalf of our student leaders at Hamble Community Sports College, we hope you enjoy the answers our questions generate for you to read.

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 to be used in each Q&A.

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