Cosby cyclist Lucy Garner, supported through the Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Talented Athlete Fund makes FINAL 3 for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011!
Garner, the 2011 junior road race world champion, who was recently honoured at an awards evening to celebrate sporting achievement in Blaby was chosen by a panel chaired by BBC Sport presenter John Inverdale.
“This is the strongest field we’ve ever had for this award, and we had an extremely tough decision to shorten the list down to three.”
2011 Young Sports Personality of the Year Top 10
- Liam Broady – Tennis
- Sally Brown – Athletics
- Tom Daley – Diving
- Lucy Garner – Cycling
- Jack Laugher – Diving
- Pat McCormack – Boxing
- Laura Robson – Tennis
- Eleanor Simmonds – Swimming
- Lauren Taylor – Golf
- Anthony Watson – Rugby Union
The panel also included BBC Sport’s Jake Humphrey, presenter Sonali Shah, Newsround’s Ore Oduba, previous Young Sports Personality of the Year winner Amy Spencer and representatives from the Youth Sport Trust and BBC Sports Personality of the Year editorial team.
The accolade, which is awarded by the BBC in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, will be handed to the winner at the Sports Personality of the Year event at MediaCityUK, Salford, on Thursday, 22 December.
In addition to the three young stars still in contention, the original shortlist of 10 also included: Liam Broady (tennis), Sally Brown (athletics), Tom Daley (diving), Jack Laugher (diving), Pat McCormack (boxing), Laura Robson (tennis) and Anthony Watson (rugby union).
The award is made to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 16 or under on 1 January 2011. Previous winners include Tom Daley, Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney, Eleanor Simmonds and Theo Walcott.
Cyclist Lucy Garner became the junior road race world champion in Copenhagen in 2011, making her Britain’s first medallist in the event since Nicole Cooke, who claimed victory in 2000 and 2001.
Garner also became the Youth Commonwealth Games road race champion and team time trial champion this year, while she also won individual bronze in the circuit race.
On the track, Lucy won the senior national madison title and three silver medals at the Junior National Track Championships.
World and Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton said:
“Lucy has had a great 2011 so I believe she deserves to win the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
“Her success in the junior women’s road race at the World Championships in September was such a great performance and she’s obviously got a great career ahead of her.”