Sports Personality of the Year: Young contenders announced

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Contenders

Make a note of these 10 names. They all have the potential to be on medal podiums for years to come.

Their achievements in 2015 have earned them a place on the shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

One of these teenagers will follow in the footsteps of past winners, Claudia Fragapane, Ellie Simmonds, Wayne Rooney, Amber Hill, Tom Daley and Andy Murray.

The top three, chosen by an expert panel, will be named on Blue Peter on Thursday, 10 December (17:00 GMT, CBBC).

The overall winner will then be announced live on Sunday, 20 December, when Belfast hosts Sports Personality of the Year 2015.

Brinn Bevan - Gymnastics

Brinn Bevan
Age: 18
From: Essex
• Part of the GB men's team who won silver at the World Championships in Glasgow - the country's first world team medal
• European Games bronze medallist on the pommel horse
• Third on the high bar at the senior men's Artistic British Championships
• All-around champion at English Championships, also winning high bar silver and parallel bars bronze

Brinn was just three years old when he took up gymnastics, and only two years later joined the development squad at South Essex Gym Club in Basildon, Essex. Despite breaking his leg in a training incident recently, he is aiming for a place at Rio 2016 to fulfil his dream of winning an Olympic medal in honour of his father, who passed away when he was younger.

Sam Curran - Cricket

Sam Curran
Age: 17
From: Northampton
• Broke into Surrey CCC's 1st team in the middle of the 2015 season (the second youngest player to play for Surrey, and the youngest player to take five wickets on his debut in a first-class match)
• Selected for England U19 World Cup squad (2016)

Sam and brother Tom, who is also a professional cricketer, are the sons of former Zimbabwe international Kevin Curran, who played at the 1983 World Cup. Sam has combined his cricket development with continuing his academic studies and is studying three A Levels (PE, Art and Business Studies).

Ellie Downie - Gymnastics

Ellie Downie
Age: 16
From: Nottingham
• Bronze in the all-around at the European Championships - the first female gymnast to win an individual all-around medal for Great Britain, in her first senior year
Team bronze at the World Championships - Great Britain women's first team medal. Also came fourth in the vault and sixth on the floor in this competition

Ellie is the younger sister of Team GB Olympian Becky Downie. Ellie's commitment to her education led her to achieve 5 GCSEs at A-C, while competing internationally winning multiple medals in various competitions. In doing so, she secured a place at her first-choice sixth-form college. Alongside sister Becky, Ellie also regularly hosts training sessions at her gymnastics club where children get the chance to train with her.

Sophie Hahn - Para-athletics

Sophie Hahn
Age: 18
From: Leicestershire
•2 x gold medals at the IPC World Championships in Doha.

Sophie, who has cerebral palsy, was inspired to take up athletics after watching London 2012. She won her first world title within a year. Aside from excelling as an athlete, Sophie has proved she possesses great sportsmanship, congratulating every athlete after her races, and taking all advice on board, whether it be about sporting improvements or how to deal with the media.

Tully Kearney - Para-swimming

Tully Kearney
Age: 18
From: Aldridge
4 x gold, 1 x silver and 1 x bronze at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow
• Competed in seven competitions in 2015
• This year she has improved her 200m Individual Medley time by 10 seconds and lowered three European records in the 400m Freestyle, the 200m IM and the 100m Butterfly during the World Championships

Five years ago, Tully was merely a spectator watching her mum, Amanda, swimming for fun. Tully has a progressive neurological condition that causes muscle weakness, and was reclassified earlier this year. Tully's first appearance on the international stage was in 2013, where she won one gold, three silver and three bronze medals in her age group at the 25th German Open Meet in Berlin.

Morgan Lake - Athletics

Morgan lake
Age: 18
From: Surrey
Gold in the high jump at the European Junior Championships in Sweden
• European Junior Champion in the high jump
• Competed in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing (one place off qualification for the finals)
• Current third best high jumper in Britain (ahead of Jessica Ennis-Hill), and the ninth best heptathlete (ahead of Katarina Johnson-Thompson)

Alongside her impressive sporting resume, Morgan has taken her A-levels this year, achieving an A in PE. She has also attended numerous radio and school interviews to promote the importance of her education despite her intense training schedule.

Matthew Lee - Diving

Matthew Lee
Age: 17
From: Leeds
Gold in the 10m individual platform at the European Games in Baku
• Silver in the mixed 10m synchro Fina World Diving Series in London, and silver in the same event at the Fina Grand Prix in Canada
• Gold 10m synchro and bronze 10m platform at the senior GB Championships
• Finished ninth and 18th in two events in his first senior World Championships
• Leeds Sports Awards Young Sportsman of the Year 2015

Matthew is currently training with the senior GB team, with his sights set on Rio 2016. He has an almost unblemished attendance record at school and college, barring his sport commitments. At present he is studying BTEC Sport Level 3 at college.

Tom Marquand - Horse racing

Tom Marquand
Age: 17
From: Cheltenham
• 54 winners in his maiden season
Champion Apprentice title - the award for young jockeys based on who rides the most winners during the season
• 26th in the Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship (with just five fewer wins than Frankie Dettori)

Tom first attended the British Racing School in 2012 for Pony Racing tuition. Tom quickly advanced through the Pony Racing Training and in his final season attended a week-long course for the 10 most promising pony racing jockeys in the UK. Richard Hannon Jr, a previous Champion Trainer of Racehorses and Tom's boss has said: "There's no doubt that Tom has the ability to go all the way. He rides very well and is a pleasant lad who works hard and deserves all the success he has had these past 12 months."

Molly Summerhayes - Freestyle Skiing

Molly Summerhayes
Age: 18
From: Sheffield
• Junior World Halfpipe Champion, having won at the FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships in Valmalenco
• Eleventh place at Tignes World Cup and Kreischberg World Championships (her World Cup and World Championship debuts)

Molly, who is the younger sister of British skier Katie Summerhayes (seventh place at 2014 Sochi Olympics), started skiing aged four at a local club, and has been competing in UK-based competitions for eight years. She made her international debut this year.

Rebekah Tiler - Weightlifting

Rebekah Tiler
Age: 16
From: Bradford
• Gold at Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, and voted flag bearer to lead out Team England
• Gold at the European Youth Championships
• Silver at the European Junior Championships
• Silver at the IWF Youth World Championships

Rebekah began weightlifting aged 12 after switching from sprinting when her coach noticed her talent. Rebekah would like to pursue weightlifting as a career. She trains in the gym for two hours every day but remains committed to her school work.

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