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2010 BBC Young Sports Personality: Top 10

Sports Personality of the Year
Venue: LG Arena, Birmingham Date: Sunday, 19 December Time: 1900 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website.

YSPOTY deliberations

After a stunning year of sporting success for young British athletes a shortlist of 10 contenders has been named for this year's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

2009 Tom Daley
2008 Eleanor Simmonds
2007 Tom Daley
2006 Theo Walcott
2005 Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
2004 Andrew Murray
2003 Kate Haywood
2002 Wayne Rooney
2001 Amy Spencer

The shortlist was announced by CBBC Newsround on Friday 26 November.

The accolade, which is awarded by the BBC in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, will be handed to the winner at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year event in Birmingham on 19 December.

A panel chaired by BBC Sport presenter John Inverdale met to decide on the top 10 YSPOTY contenders.

Daley wins 2009 BBC Young Sports Personality award

The panel also included BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, Sportsround presenter Ore Oduba and previous Young Sports Personality of the Year winners Amy Spencer and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Together, they worked through a huge list of contenders to pick the top 10.

BBC School Report have done a quickfire Q&A with all of the shortlisted teenagers, ranging from questions about their sporting year to their favourite song of 2010.

BBC School Report Q&A

Below is the list of top 10 contenders for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

For full terms and conditions, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The Top 10
Conor Coady
Conor Coady, 17

The Liverpool player became the first England player to lift a major trophy for 17 years as he captained England's Under-17s to European Championship success in Liechtenstein. England beat Spain 2-1 in the final.

Playing as a box-to-box midfielder for England, his style has seen him likened to Steven Gerrard and he's regarded by the coaches as the heartbeat of the England Under-17s.

Coady's continued progress saw him receive his first call-up to the England Under-18 squad for the game against Poland in November.

At club level, he plays predominantly as a central defender for Liverpool and moved up into the senior reserve squad towards the end of 2009/10 campaign, having captained the club's Under-18 squad throughout the season.

Conor Coady BBC School Report Q&A

Tom Daley
Tom Daley, 16

Daley became the second youngest double Commonwealth Champion ever in Delhi, winning the 10m individual competition and 10m synchro.

The Devon diver defeated the Olympic Champion Matt Mitcham in a closely fought individual contest, producing a set of perfect 10s from the judges in the third round.

He had already easily sealed the synchro honours alongside diving partner Max Brick. Injury hampered Daley's season, preventing him from competing at the European Championships. He was runner-up in the 10m individual platform at the British Championships.

Daley is bidding for a hat-trick of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year titles, having won twice before, in 2007 and in 2009.

Tom Daley BBC School Report Q&A

Jade Jones
Jade Jones, 17

Jade made history when she became Britain's first ever Youth Olympic Gold medallist in Singapore.

She took Gold in the 55kg division by beating Than Thao Nguyen from Vietnam in a dramatic sudden-death play-off.

The Welsh teenager also won Bronze on her senior competition debut at the European Taekwondo Championships in St Petersburg, Russia and took Silver at the World Junior Championships in Mexico.

She has recently become a full-time athlete in order to try and secure a place in the London Olympics squad after a meteoric rise over the past year.

Jade Jones BBC School Report Q&A

Dan Lucker
Dan Lucker, 17

Dan was selected for the senior Great Britain team for the first time at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, finishing 5th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.

At junior level Dan was simply dominant. At the World Junior International Wheelchair and Amputee Federation Games, he won five Gold medals (100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m and 5000m) and one Silver (800m).

He also recorded new lifetime best performances over 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

He trains with double Paralympic champion David Weir under the guidance of Jenny Archer, and won the 2009 BBC Wales Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Dan Lucker BBC School Report Q&A

Sam Oldham
Sam Oldham, 17

Sam won a Gold medal at the Youth Olympics in the High Bars and Silver on the Pommel Horse.

Oldham was all-round junior Champion at the both the European and British championships, in addition to winning individual disciplines including the High Bar. These performances earned him a call-up to the GB senior team for the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Rotterdam.

The 17-year-old is also a talented footballer and played for Notts County before deciding to focus solely on Gymnastics.

He trains with Olympic Bronze medallist Louis Smith and won the 2009 BBC East Midlands Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Sam Oldham BBC School Report Q&A

Liam Pitchford
Liam Pitchford, 17
Table Tennis

Pitchford is the current English junior No.1 and senior No.2, despite being the youngest senior player.

He took took Silver in the men's team event and Bronze in the men's doubles at the Commonwealth Games.

Memorably, Liam caused the biggest upset of the tournament by beating world number 17 Gao Ning in an epic five set duel.

The Derbyshire teenager also won Bronze in the junior doubles and the junior team event at the European Youth Championships in Istanbul.

At the National Championships, he won the men's doubles and came second in the singles, beating pre-tournament favourite and England's number one Paul Drinkhall in the semi-finals.

Liam Pitchford BBC School Report Q&A

Laura Robson
Laura Robson, 16

Britain's next big tennis hope was runner-up in the Girls' singles at the Australian Open and also reached the quarter-finals of the Ladies' doubles with Sally Peers.

She partnered Andy Murray in the Hopman Cup where they made the final and stunned former world number four Jelena Dokic with a 6-1 6-4 victory in the opening round of qualifying at the US Open.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of Laura's year was her Centre Court debut at Wimbledon in the Ladies 1st round against Jelena Jankovic.

Despite losing she put on a brave showing and hit 13 aces in the match. Robson went on to make the semi-finals of the Girls' singles at SW19.

Laura reached a career-high of 189 in the women's rankings, having started the year ranked 419. She has the highest ranking for anybody her age in the world.

Laura Robson BBC School Report Q&A

Emma Saunders
Emma Saunders, 16

Saunders was the youngest member of the England swimming team at the Commonwealth Games, which was her first major international event.

Emma won Silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay in Delhi and Bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay. She also made the 100m freestyle final (finishing 8th) and the semi-final of the 50m backstroke.

The 50m backstroke also gave her Gold at the European Junior Championships in Helsinki - setting a championship record with 29.01secs. Saunders also won three Silver medals in Finland (4x100m freestyle relay, 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay).

Emma Saunders BBC School Report Q&A

Zoe Smith
Zoe Smith, 16

Smith's Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games gave her a place in the record books as she became the youngest ever Commonwealth weightlifting medallist and England's first ever female Commonwealth weightlifting medallist.

In the process she set a new 58kg British Under-23 snatch record of 85kg, her 317th British record in total across three bodyweight categories since 2007.

Smith also won a Silver medal at the European Youth Championships, and secured Gold at the London Youth Games and Tri-Nations event (England v Sweden v Norway).

For the past three years Zoe has been an ambassador for Greenwich Council's Olympic and Paralympic unit.

Zoe Smith BBC School Report Q&A

Jodie Williams
Jodie Williams, 17

Jodie won Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

She is unbeaten in the whole of her 100m career and was also unbeaten for 200m until her Silver in Canada. Her unbeaten record over both distances lasted 151 races.

Jodie set a new European 200m youth record of 22.79 seconds - the second fastest time ever by an Under-17 girl.

She also set a British Under-20 100m record of 11.24 seconds, breaking the 31-year-old benchmark set by Kathy Cook in 1979. It was the sixth fastest time by a female sprinter in Europe this year and fifth fastest ever by a 16-year-old female.

Williams is ranked 1st in both 100m and 200m in the Under-17 age group, and ranked 1st in 200m and 2nd for 100m in the senior age group.

Jodie was runner-up in last year's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Jodie Williams BBC School Report Q&A

Terms and conditions

This will be awarded to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 16 or under on 1 January 2010, selected from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust.

People are eligible to win the award if they are the right age AND they are British, OR if they meet all three of the following criteria:

- They play a significant amount of their sport in the UK

- Their core achievements that year were achieved in the UK, and not with a national team

- They are residents in the UK

The closing date for nominations was Monday 15 November 2010.

The judging panel is chaired by BBC Sport's John Inverdale and also includes Jake Humphrey, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, Sportsround presenter Ore Oduba, previous Young Sports Personality of the Year winners Amy Spencer and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, two representatives from BBC Sports Personality of the Year and two representatives from the Youth Sport Trust.

The panel met to choose the top 10 contenders on Friday 26 November 2010 from the list of nominations collected by the Youth Sport Trust and the BBC.

The panel will reconvene on Friday 3 December 2010 to select the top three and the winner by secret ballot. The top three will be announced by CBBC Newsround on Monday 13 December 2010.

The top three will be invited to the live event and the other seven contenders will be notified out of courtesy that they have not made the final shortlist.

The winner will be announced live on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show and the website on Sunday 19 December 2010.

see also
BBC Young SPOTY 2010 - Terms and Conditions
08 Oct 10 |  Sports Personality
Debate rages to decide Young SPOTY top 10
01 Dec 10 |  Sports Personality
Daley wins 2009 Young Sports Personality
13 Dec 09 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality roll of honour
22 Dec 10 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality presenters
21 Oct 09 |  Sports Personality

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