BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

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The BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year[1] award is presented at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony. It is awarded to the sportsperson aged 16 or under as of 1 January of that year, who has made the most outstanding contribution to sport in that year. Nominees are generally British. Non-Britons are eligible if they are UK resident, play a significant amount of sport in the United Kingdom, and their core achievements for the year took place in the UK, and were not done with a non-UK national team. All winners to date have been British. Nominations are put forward via Youth Sport Trust, and a judging panel then decides on a ten person shortlist. The panel later reconvenes to choose the top three, and decides on the winner by secret ballot.[2]

The Young Sports Personality of the Year award was preceded by the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Newcomer Award, in which the recipients could be aged up to 25. Decathlete Dean Macey was the inaugural winner of the Newcomer Award in 1999, and racing driver Jenson Button was the second and last winner the following year. In 2001, the award was replaced by the Young Sports Personality of the Year,[3] and sprinter Amy Spencer was the first recipient of that award. Scottish tennis player Andy Murray, who won in 2004, is the only non-English recipient of the award. The only person to win the award more than once is diver Tom Daley, who won the award three times, in 2007, 2009, and 2010, and was nominated to the ten-person shortlist in five successive years (2007–2011).[4] The most recent award was presented in 2013 to shooter Amber Hill.

Winners[edit]

Jenson Button was the last recipient of the Newcomer Award in 2000.
Wayne Rooney won the award in 2002.
Andy Murray won the award in 2004.

Newcomer Award[edit]

Year Winner Age[1] Sport Rationale Note
1999 Macey, DeanDean Macey 21 Athletics For "a string of stunning performances in the decathlon" and a "rise to prominence at [the 1999] World Championship"[5][6] [7]
2000 Button, JensonJenson Button 20 Formula One For finishing "in eighth place in his debut Formula One World Championship season"[8] [9]

Young Personality Award[edit]

Year Winner Age[2] Sport Rationale Note
2001 Spencer, AmyAmy Spencer 16 Athletics For being "world under-18 silver medallist in the 100m and 200m, despite still having two years left in the age group"[10] [11]
2002 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 17 Football For being "touted by many as the most promising English football talent to have surfaced in recent years"[12] [13]
2003 Haywood, KateKate Haywood 17 Swimming For becoming the "youngest ever swimmer to represent England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games winning a bronze in the 4x100m medley relay" and for "clinching gold in the 50m breaststroke at the European Junior Championships"[14] [15]
2004 Murray, AndyAndy Murray 17 Tennis For making "giant strides in the world of tennis in the past 12 months, during which time he won the US Open juniors title"[16] [17]
2005 Aikines-Aryeetey, HarryHarry Aikines-Aryeetey 17 Athletics For becoming the "first sprinter in the six-year history of the IAAF World Youth Championships to win gold in both the 100m and 200m"[18] [19]
2006 Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott 17 Football For a "fantastic year in which he transferred to Arsenal and went to the World Cup with England"[20] [21]
2007 Daley, TomTom Daley 13 Diving For "achievements in diving which include becoming the youngest-ever National Men's Platform Champion"[22] [23]
2008 Simmonds, EleanorEleanor Simmonds 14 Swimming For becoming "Britain's youngest ever individual Paralympic gold medallist"[24] [25]
2009 Daley, TomTom Daley 15 Diving For winning the men's 10 m platform event at the world championships, and becoming "Britain's youngest world champion in any sport".[26] [4]
2010 Daley, TomTom Daley 16 Diving For winning two gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games [27]
2011 Taylor, LaurenLauren Taylor 17 Golf Youngest-ever winner of the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship, breaking a 112-year record [28]
2012 Craig, JosefJosef Craig 15 Swimming Winner of gold medal in the Paralympic 400 metre freestyle S7. Youngest British winner of a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics. [29]
2013 Amber Hill 16 Shooting Youngest winner of a senior World Cup in skeet shooting. Finished the season ranked number one senior in Great Britain and ranked fifth in the world. [30]

Winners by sport[edit]

Sport Number of
wins
Athletics 3
Diving 3
Swimming 3
Football 2
Formula One 1
Golf 1
Shooting 1
Tennis 1

Note[edit]

  • ^A – Age refers to the age at which the sportsperson won the award.

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  21. ^ Corrigan, James (11 December 2006). "Phillips is surprise winner of top Sports Personality award". The Independent (London: Independent News & Media). Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
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  25. ^ "Paralympian Eleanor Simmonds named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2008". British Paralympic Association. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
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  27. ^ "Diver Daley wins third BBC award". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 December 2010. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  28. ^ "Sports Personality of the Year: Lauren Taylor wins Young award". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Josef Craig wins BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "Young Sports Personality: Shooter Amber Hill wins BBC award". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.