There are 10 impressive young sports people who have been short listed for the 2013 Young Sports Personality of the Year award following their contribution to their sport. Athletics have three entries, Dina Asher-Smith, Jessica Judd and Isaac Towers whilst Swimming has two young representatives on the shortlist, James Guy and Amy Marren. The remaining 5 places on the shortlist consists of shooter Amber Hill, golfer Charley Hull, weightlifter Rebekah Tiler, canoeist Kimberley Woods and surprisingly Manchester United footballer Adnan Januzaj, who scored twice on his recent debut.
The top three finalists will be named on Blue Peter on 12th December and the winner of the Young Sports Personality of the Year award will be announced three days later at the awards night in Leeds. The Young Sports Personality of the Year award is given to someone who has been outstanding throughout the year and was 17 or younger on 1st January 2013. The shortlist was put together by official judges who have enough experience to spot future stars in sports. The award night in Leeds will be presented by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.
Adnan Januzaj will hope to follow in the same footsteps as his Red Devil team-mate, Wayne Rooney who managed to win the Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2002. Fellow footballer, Theo Walcott won the award in 2006, but in the past 6 years the award has been dominated by Olympians and Paralympians. The 2011 winner, Lauren Taylor (golfer) is the only person in the past 6 years to win it and not be involved in an Olympics or Paralympics. Diver Tom Daley has won it 3 times whilst Paralympians Ellie Simmonds and Josef Craig have won it once in the past 6 years.
Young Sports Personality of the Year shortlist:
Author Daniel Foster.
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