BBC Young Sports Personality: Fragapane, Thornhill, Neil on list

BBC Young Sports Personality: A look at the final three

Three contenders remain in with a chance of winning the 2014 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, para-cyclist Sophie Thornhill and golfer Bradley Neil are on the final shortlist.

The list of 10 nominees was reduced to three ahead of Sunday's Sports Personality programme from Glasgow.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will present the show on BBC One, with further coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

Past 10 winners
2013: Amber Hill (shooting)2012: Josef Craig (swimming)
2011: Lauren Taylor (golf)2010: Tom Daley (diving)
2009: Tom Daley (diving)2008: Ellie Simmonds (swimming)
2007: Tom Daley (diving)2006: Theo Walcott (football)
2005: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (athletics)2004: Andy Murray (tennis)

Bristol-based gymnast Fragapane, 17, won four gold medals to become the most successful English woman at the Commonwealth Games in 84 years.

Visually impaired 18-year-old Cheshire rider Thornhill claimed two Commonwealth tandem golds in Glasgow along with pilot Helen Scott.

Neil, 18, from Perthshire in Scotland, won the British Amateur Golf Championship at Royal Portrush in June.

The BBC award is given to the outstanding young sportsperson of the year, who was aged 17 or under on 1 January 2014.

Athlete Morgan Lake, para-swimmer Erraid Davies, and kayaker Rebeka Simon were among the initial 10 nominees.

Diver Alicia Blagg, wheelchair racer Jade Jones, weightlifter Rebekah Tiler and gymnast Nile Wilson were also on the list.

Shooter Amber Hill won the award in 2013. Previous winners include Tom Daley, Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney and Ellie Simmonds.

Young Sports Personality panel
Two-time Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft, broadcasters John Inverdale and Tina Daheley, three members of the Youth Sports Trust plus a Blue Peter competition winner and presenter Lindsey Russell, plus Carl Doran (executive editor, BBC Sports Personality of the Year).

Contenders Q&A - long-term goals

Claudia Fragapane - "To compete for Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics. I would love for the team to get a really good result and to hopefully make some individual finals."

Sophie Thornhill - "To become Paralympic champion. But all I've ever wanted to do is the sport I love and I can't believe I'm able to do it as a job."

Bradley Neil - "To live a long and happy life, hopefully being successful at the game I love playing."

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