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PREVIOUS YSPOTY WINNERS
Andy Murray in action
2004: Andy Murray (tennis)
2003: Kate Heywood (swimming)
2002: Wayne Rooney (football)
The winner will be announced on Sunday 11 December
A shortlist of three are in contention to be named 2005 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

The teenage stars are all hoping to claim the crown currently held by Scottish tennis sensation Andy Murray.

Since winning the trophy last year Murray has enjoyed a phenomenal rise up the world tennis rankings with a series of eye-catching performances.

CBBC's Xchange revealed the stars and the winner will be announced on Sunday's Sports Personality show.

BBC Sport Academy profiles the finalists:

FRANCESCA HALSALL

Francesca Halsall
Francesca has been making waves since an early age

Date of birth: 12.04.90
Location: Liverpool
Sport: Swimming

At the tender age of 14 she was National Youth Champion for the under-18 category. Then things got better!

She represented GB in July 2005 at the European Junior Swimming Champs in Budapest, winning gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 50m freestyle.

She has broken numerous British Junior records and British Age Group records and has been selected for several GB Team training camps.

In between all the swimming she also helps with a number of swimming initiatives, including skill demonstration work at coaching clinics.

THEO WALCOTT

Southampton's Theo Walcott
You're in the final three Theo

Date of birth: 16.03.89
Location: Southampton
Sport: Footballer
Club: Winger/Striker for Southampton FC

He made his Saints debut on 6th Aug 2005 against Wolves, making him the youngest ever player for Southampton at 16 years 143 days.

He is a quick, skilful forward who can play out wide or as a central striker and was in the Reading academy before joining the Saints.

His progression has been so quick he has bypassed reserve football. He has also scored five goals in 11 appearances for England under-17s.

He left school this year and is now educating himself with the other YTS boys in case of injury or lack of form means he is released.

HARRY AIKINES-ARYEETEY

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in action for Great Britain
Catch me if you can Harry

Date of birth: 29.08.88
Location: Surrey
Sport: Athletics
Club: Sutton & District AC

Harry sealed a magnificent breakthrough season by being awarded the IAAF Rising Star Award for 2005.

He became the first sprinter in the six-year history of the IAAF World Youth Championships ever to win gold in both the 100m and 200m.

He won the 200m in 20.91 seconds - the fastest in the world this year.

The other seven stars who made the original shortlist:

  • Paul Drinkhall, Table tennis
  • Emily Pidgeon, Athletics
  • Kenny Bain, Hockey
  • Michelle Cheung, Badminton
  • Aaron Hadlow, Kite surfer
  • Thomas Daley, Diving
  • Oliver Fisher, Golf


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