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Young Sports Personality: The top 10

 Kate Haywood and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey

Former winners Kate Haywood and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey talk about this year's tough judging for Young Personality

Sports Personality of the Year
Venue: Liverpool Echo Arena Date: Sunday, 14 December Time: 1900 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website.

A shortlist of 10 contenders have been named for this year's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

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

A panel chaired by BBC Sport presenter John Inverdale met on Monday 10 November to decide on the shortlist of 10.

"I've been involved since the award's inaugural year in 2001," said Inverdale.

"This year we've got the highest quality of contenders across the board I've ever known, in my opinion. "You are looking at people at the top of their trees, and we have left a lot of strong nominations out of the top 10 and we will now have to leave seven out."

The panel, that included former winners Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Kate Haywood and representatives of the Youth Sport Trust, will meet later in November to reduce the 10 to just three.


"Inverdale is a ruthless chair," said fellow BBC Sport presenter and panel judge Jake Humphrey.

"John's right about having to leave out a lot of quality from the large shortlist. But the fact that there are four Olympians in our top 10 shows how high the standard is."

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

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

If all things go to plan then Tom Brady should be ready for London 2012.

The slalom expert won silver at the 2008 Junior European Championships - Great Britain's first Junior men's kayak individual medal since 1992.

Tom was also part of the bronze medal winning men's kayak team at the 2008 European Championships.

Aaron Cook
Aaron Cook

Aaron's emotional displays at the Beijing Olympics were one of the Team GB highlights of the Games.

The talented taekwondo player, who is now 17, finished fifth overall in the 80kg weight category, where the average age of those competing was 26.

The Manchester-based athlete is also became the national champion in the 78kg category and won gold at the Junior World Taekwondo Championship this year - in doing so, he became Great Britain's first ever male world champion.

Tom Daley
Tom Daley

Last year's Young Personality winner Tom Daley is a household name in Britain, but the diver is still only 14.

He was Team GB's youngest competitor in 2008 Beijing Olympics and the youngest male athlete to ever represent Britain at a summer Games.

Tom reached the 2008 Olympic finals in both 10m synchro, along with Blake Aldridge, and individual platform competition coming eighth and seventh, respectively. He also won the men's 10m platform at the 2008 European Championships and came out on top in the 10m synchro platform at the 2008 Fina Diving World Series in Sheffield.

Sam Harrison
Sam Harrison

There is no doubt that Britain currently rule world track cycling and someone who would dearly love to be part of any future success is Sam Harrison.

The Welsh 16-year-old competed at the 2008 British Youth and Junior National Track Championships winning the U16 National Scratch Race and U16 National Points Race.

He has also excelled on the road, after becoming the overall winner of the 2008 Isle of Man International Youth Tour - placed first in both the prologue and road stage.

James Peters
James Peters

Britain's sailing team did spectacularly well at the Beijing Games, and the future looks bright with James Peters having claimed a number of major titles this year.

The 16-year-old won gold in the boys' 29ers class at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships for RYA Team GBR.

James also came out top in the 29er competition at the 2008 European Championship, having won three races in the series of nine with crew Ed Fitzgerald.

Scott Redding
Scott Redding

Lewis Hamilton has flown the flag for Britain in Formula One, but Britain may soon have another motorsport star to rival his popularity.

Scott Redding made his mark this season when he won the 125cc race at the British Grand Prix in what was only his eighth Grand Prix and, in turn, became the youngest-ever winner of any MotoGP class.

He was named 125cc Rookie of The Year 2008, winning the award with a 42 point advantage over the next contender for the title.

Laura Robson
Laura Robson

We all know what happened to former Young Personality winner Andy Murray. Now can fellow tennis player Laura Robson follow in his footsteps?

The 14-year-old came to the wider public's attention when she became the first Briton to win a junior Wimbledon singles title since Annabel Croft's win in 1984.

She has since become the youngest British player to compete in the WTA Tour and won her first senior event on 9 November.

Eleanor Simmonds
Eleanor Simmonds

There were several brilliant British sporting feats this summer, but few could have matched the achievements of Ellie Simmonds who became the nation's youngest-ever individual Paralympics gold medallist at the age 13.

The Swansea-based swimmer won two golds in her category in Beijing, the 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle, two of five events she competed in.

Eleanor is also the world record holder in 400m freestyle S6 having broken the record both at the Paralympics and British Championships.

Elizabeth Simmonds
Elizabeth Simmonds

There are high hopes for swimmer Elizabeth Simmonds when the London Olympics come round in four years.

The Lincolnshire-based athlete has had a remarkable 2008 having won silver and bronze at the World Short Course Championships, gold at the Long Course European Championships before competing in the Olympics, where she finished sixth in the 200m backstroke and placed 10th in the 100m backstroke.

At the age of 13, Lizzie was a finalist in the 2004 British Olympic trials in both the 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

Shuanna Thompson
Shaunna Thompson

Only 16, but highly promising sprinter Shaunna Thompson is already creating a buzz in her sport.

Shaunna won a sprint double at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India, setting personal bests and Games records in both the 100m and 200m events.

The Sale Harriers athlete represented Great Britain at 2008 World Junior Championships and made the 200m semi-finals.

Terms and conditions

Young Sports Personality of the Year will be awarded to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 16 or under on 1 January 2008, selected from nominations made to the BBC by the public and by the governing bodies through the Youth Sport Trust.

People are eligible to win Young Sports Personality if they are the right age (see above) and they are British or all three of the following criteria apply:

- 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 non-UK national team (in which case they would more likely qualify for the Overseas award)

- They are residents in the UK

Judging panel

BBC Sport's John Inverdale chaired a panel that included fellow BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey, two representatives from Youth Sport Trust, two former Young Sports Personality of the Year winners, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Kate Haywood and a representative from Sports Personality of the Year, CBBC and BBC Switch.

The panel met to decide the top 10 contenders from the list of nominations collected by the Youth Sport Trust and the BBC.

The panel will reconvene on 24 November to select the top three and the winner from the top 10 list. They will select the winner by secret ballot.

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 Sports Personality of the Year show and the website on Sunday 14 December 2008.

Sun 14 Dec, 1900 GMT,
BBC One & BBC Radio 5 Live.

see also
Sports Personality of the Year quiz
10 Nov 08 |  Sports Personality
Sue Barker in the hot seat
10 Nov 08 |  School Report
Sports Personality presenters
20 Oct 08 |  Sports Personality
BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2009
12 Aug 10 |  Sports Personality
Calzaghe wins Sports Personality
10 Dec 07 |  Sport Homepage
Walcott wins Young Sports award
11 Dec 06 |  Sport
Sprinter Harry handed BBC honour
11 Dec 05 |  Sport Academy

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