The nominees for the 2017 Lycamobile BEDSAs, which includes the Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person of the Year award, have been revealed.
The nominees, who are recognised for demonstrating sporting excellence, have been announced ahead of the third Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards, which will be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Saturday 18 March.
This year’s nominees for the Youth Sport Trust award are:
Para swimmer Alice has represented Great Britain at both European and World Championships and has won medals in both individual and team events. In Rio, Tai raced in 4 events placing 7th in the S10 100m Butterfly and 4th in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay. Her medal winning performance came in the S10 100m Backstroke achieving Bronze and Gold was her next achievement in the 4x100m Medley Relay.
Cricketer Haseeb has had a record breaking, award-winning 2016 season. As the youngest player to score 100 in both innings of a First-Class match, his performances have been vital to his Lancashire club and he was named their Player of the Year for 2016.
Kick boxer Harleen became the WMKF World Champion Silver Medallist this Summer. The 18-year-old competent martial arts competitor has been training for nearly 10 years and is the 2nd Dan Black belt in her field. She is a world competitor in martial arts and has also transferred to Olympic style Taekwondo.
Ali Oliver, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive, said:
The BEDSAs are a wonderful way to celebrate diversity in sport, recognise the immense achievements of individuals and in so doing create more inspiring role models for young people to emulate.
We wish all of the nominees lots of luck at the award ceremony in March, and we will very much look forward to finding who the lucky recipient of the YST Young Sports Person of the Year award is.
The BEDSAs, which are now in their third year, are organised by Sporting Equals, the national partner of Sport England and advisors to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. They are supported by the Youth Sport Trust as well as Sport England, UK Sport, The Tennis Foundation, England Athletics, The Armed Forces and Mind and Spirit of 2012 with sponsorship from Lycamobile.
The young rising stars nominated for the Youth Sport Trust award take their place on the nominee shortlist, which includes 11 different award categories, alongside sporting legends including Sir Mo Farah and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Commenting on his nomination, Mo Farah said, “I am proud to be nominated alongside a great group of sportsmen and women in what was an amazing year for British sport."
This year's judges include former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Sol Campbell, former Olympic athletes Derek Redmond and Jason Gardener MBE, Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher, UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl, Leicestershire County Cricket Club CEO Wasim Khan MBE, Paralympic shot putter Vanessa Daobry and Channel 4 Paralympics host, Ade Adepitan MBE.
Densign White, Sporting Equals Chairman, said "We are delighted by the quality of our shortlist for the 2017 BEDSAs and looking forward to celebrating all that is good in BAME sport at the Hilton Park Lane with Sir Lenny Henry and our esteemed sporting guests."