Young Sports Personality candidates quizzed on life and sport

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With only a few weeks to go before the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Birmingham, BBC News School Reporters spoke to this year's contenders for the Young Sports Personality award.

School Reporters from Aston Manor Academy put questions to the nominees about their lives, sporting careers and their advice for young people with sporting aspirations.

We've chosen a few of the highlights below, to give you a sneak preview of their answers. Click on your favourite young sports star's name to read the full interview and what they revealed.

Ellie Downie (Gymnastics)

Ellie has some great advice about how to manage nerves.

Ellie Downie

Sophie Ecclestone (Cricket)

Sophie credits her PE teachers with encouraging her to pursue her career in cricket.

Cricketer Sophie Ecclestone

Keelan Giles (Rugby Union)

Keelan is interested in having his own business in the future.

Keelan Giles

Tom Hamer (Para-swimming)

Tom says his biggest inspiration is American swimming legend Michael Phelps.

Swimmer Tom Hamer

Ellie Robinson (Para-swimming)

Ellie uses motivational music to help her focus before a race.

Ellie Robinson with her gold medal

Lauren Rowles (Para-rowing)

Lauren loves rowing but is also fitting in doing a law degree around training and competing!

Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley

Georgia Stanway (Football)

Georgia doesn't have pre-match superstitions but does love beans on toast!

Young footballer Georgia Stanway

Jess Stretton (Para-archery)

Jess thinks Jessica Ennis-Hill is a great role model for any young person, whether interested in sport or not.

GB's Para-archery team Jess Stretton, Jo Frith and Vicky Jenkins

Rebekah Tiler (Weightlifting)

Rebekah liked PE at school because she found it easy and enjoyed beating everyone!

Rebekah Tiler lifting at the Rio Olympics

Amy Tinkler (Gymnastics)

Amy first got involved in gymnastics when she was only two years old!

Amy doing her gymnastics floor routine

About BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

This award goes to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 17 or under on 1 January 2016, selected from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust.

Read more about 2016 shortlist