Belfast Telegraph

Gymnast, swimmer and jockey in the running for BBC Young Sports Personality

By Allan Preston

Away from the controversy of the main awards, the final three contenders for BBC Young Sports Personality of the year were announced on CBBC's Blue Peter yesterday evening.

The nominees chosen from a list of 10 are Ellie Downie (gymnastics), Tully Kearney (para-swimming) and Tom Marquand (horse racing).

The trio hope to follow previous young sports personality winners Andy Murray, Tom Daley, Wayne Rooney and last year's Claudia Fragapane.

Gymnast Downie (16) was the first British female to win an individual all-around medal for Great Britain at the European Championships with a bronze. The Nottingham youngster also helped secure Great Britain's first ever team medal at a World Championships when they also picked up a bronze.

Para-swimmer Kearney took home an incredible six medals at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow, four golds, one silver and one bronze.

The 18-year-old from Aldridge in the west Midlands also set a new European record in the 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

Riding 54 winners in his maiden year, jockey Marquand picked up the Champion Apprentice title for the 2015 flat racing season.

The 17-year-old from Cheltenham finished 26th in the Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship, with just five fewer wins than Frankie Dettori managed in 2015.

The shortlist was selected by a panel, from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust and in partnership with Blue Peter.

The overall winner will be presented with their award at the glittering ceremony at the SSE Arena in Belfast on December 20.

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