Female boxer, skateboarder and para-swimmer up for top sports award

A female boxer, 11-year-old skateboarder and para-swimmer have been announced as the top three contenders for this year’s BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

At next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo, skateboarding will make its debut, and 11-year-old Sky Brown hopes to become Britain’s youngest ever summer Olympian in the sport.

Sky will be seeded for the qualifying events for the Tokyo Games after winning bronze at the Park World Skateboarding Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Also this year she claimed gold at Simple Session, a senior women’s competition in Tallin, Estonia on a park course designed for men twice her size.

Also shortlisted is 18-year-old boxer Caroline Dubois, who is a Youth World and Olympic champion and this year won lightweight gold at the Youth European Championships for an incredible fourth time.

Her victory in the final was her 40th straight victory across all competitions. The younger sibling of British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois is England’s most successful female youth boxer ever.

Para-swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton, 17, beat her own world record to take the SM6 200m medley at the Para-swimming World Championships in London in a time that improved on her own world record by a massive 0.75 seconds.

As well as her gold, she claimed a silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle.

The overall winner will be revealed at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on 15 December at the P&J Live arena in Aberdeen.

It has also been announced that Scottish stars Lewis Capaldi and Emeli Sandé will perform at the ceremony.


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