BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011 top three unveiled

The three contenders for the prestigious Young Sports Personality of the Year award are announced today (in alphabetical order) as: Lucy Garner, Eleanor Simmonds and Lauren Taylor.

The three contenders for the prestigious Young Sports Personality of the Year award are announced today (in alphabetical order) as: Lucy Garner, Eleanor Simmonds and Lauren Taylor. 

The trio of stars have been whittled down from an original shortlist of 10, which chairman of the judging panel John Inverdale described as '"The strongest field we've ever had for this award, it was an extremely tough decision to shorten the list down to three". The original 10 included: Liam Broady (tennis), Sally Brown (athletics), Tom Daley (diving), Jack Laugher (diving), Pat McCormack (boxing), Laura Robson (tennis) and Anthony Watson (rugby union).

The winner will be announced at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 (BBC ONE, Thursday 22 December, 8 - 10pm). This live event will be held at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays.

Cyclist Lucy Garner became the Junior Road Race World Champion this year in Copenhagen, making her Britain's first medallist in the event since Nicole Cooke in 2000 and 2001. She also became 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games Road Race Champion and Team Time Trial Champion, plus the winner of the individual bronze in the Circuit Race. On the track, Lucy also won the Senior National Madison title and three silver medals in the Junior National Track Championships.

In July paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds won four medals in individual events at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin - two gold, a silver and a bronze. She also set two new world records in the S6 400m freestyle and SM6 200m individual medley. Eleanor won gold in 200m individual medley (SM6) at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester and set a world record in the S6 800m Freestyle at the German Open.

Lauren Taylor won the 2011 Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush and became the youngest ever winner, breaking a record that had stood for 112 years. She went on to play against professionals in the Women's British Open at Carnoustie, scoring two creditable rounds of 74. In addition, Lauren was selected to be part of the European Team that drew 12-12 with the USA at the 2011 Junior Solheim Cup. In November, she accepted a sports scholarship in Dallas, Texas.

The award is made to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 16 or under on 1 January 2011. Previous winners include Tom daley, Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney, Eleanor Simmonds and Theo Walcott.

Latest news

Elite athletes and parents supported with wellbeing through new initiative

A new partnership which sees 11 national governing bodies of sport work with a national children’s sports charity will help educate up and coming young athletes in the rigours of performance sport, protecting their mental health and wellbeing.
Continue Reading

YST joins #21by21 campaign

The campaign, led by the Sport for Development Coalition and key partners, is aimed at encouraging 21,000 sports coaches and volunteers to become trained in mental health awareness by the year 2021. The Youth Sport Trust is proud to joing the campaign and support future generations of young people.
Continue Reading

Charity urges PM to make PE and sport first order of business

As Boris Johnson is announced as the next PM, children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has reiterated its calls for tackling inactivity to be a national priority. The charity said there is a need for a long-term, joined-up plan to tackle this national crisis and it is encouraging that the new Prime Minister has committed to this being a key pillar of his programme for government.
Continue Reading

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson pledge to tackle inactivity

During YST National School Sport Week 2019, YST along with almost 100 partners wrote a joint letter to the two Conservative Party leadership candidates, urging them to commit to tackling the decline in young people's wellbeing and make it a priority to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes every day. These are their responses.
Continue Reading

Sport sector responds to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan

Leading sports bodies and charities respond to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan.
Continue Reading

Football camp inspires next generation of female coaches

England legend Faye White says it is vital to give girls the confidence and knowledge they need to inspire others and this camp helps girls to develop both coaching and refereeing knowledge.
Continue Reading
More News