Young Sports award top three revealed

The three contenders for the prestigious Young Sports Personality of the Year award have been announced from an original shortlist of 10 young athletes.

The three contenders for the prestigious Young Sports Personality of the Year award have been announced as Jessica-Jane Applegate, Josef Craig and Rebecca Tunney. The trio of stars have been selected from an original shortlist of 10.

The BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award is given to the outstanding young sportsperson of the year, who is aged 16 or under on 1 January 2012, selected from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust. Previous winners include Tom Daley, Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney, Eleanor Simmonds and Lauren Taylor.

The shortlist was drawn from the nominations by a panel of judges chaired by BBC Sport's John Inverdale. The panel also includes former Young Sports Personality of the Year winners Amy Spencer and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, two representatives from the Youth Sport Trust, BBC Sport presenters Ore Oduba, Sonali Shah and Tina Daheley and two representatives from the Sports Personality of the Year production team.

The winner will be announced at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 (BBC One, Sunday 16 December, 7.30-10.00pm). This live event will be held at Excel London.
 
Swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate won gold for Paralympics GB at London 2012 in the 200m freestyle, setting a new Paralympic record. She also took part in the 100m backstroke, finishing just outside the medals in fourth place. In a huge year for the young athlete, 2012 also saw Jessica-Jane enter her first overseas tournament at the Berlin Open, taking two bronzes in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and earlier in the year she took the gold in the 200m freestyle at the 2012 British Swimming Championship in March.
 
Swimmer Josef Craig was Great Britain's youngest 2012 gold medal winner, winning the 400m freestyle gold medal in a record time at the Paralympic Games. The year also saw him win his first British medal with a bronze in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 British Swimming Championships back in March, leading him to be selected for three events in the Paralympics.
 
Rebecca Tunney is an artistic gymnast from Manchester who was the youngest athlete to compete at London 2012 at the age of 15.  In May she helped her club, City of Liverpool, win first place in the British Teams competition, then in July she won the British all-round gymnastics championship in her first year as a senior. Rebecca finished 13th at the Olympics in the women's individual artistic all-round final and was also part of the GB women's all-round team which came sixth.
 
In addition to Young Sports Personality of the Year there will also be awards for: 

  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Team of the Year 
  • Coach of the Year 
  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Helen Rollason Award

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