Diver Daley Wins BBC Young Sports Personality 2007.

10 Dec 2007

Thirteen-year-old diving prodigy Tom Daley was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2007 at a glitzy awards ceremony in Birmingham on 9th December. Seventeen-year-old table tennis star Paul Drinkhall also featured on the final short-list of three young athletes for the prestigious award.

Both Daley and Drinkhall were members of Team GB’s outstandingly successful group of 106 young athletes who claimed 48 medals against elite world class opponents at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney earlier this year.

Daley, who despite being below the official age restriction received special permission to compete at the IOC recognised event, claimed the silver medal with partner Callum Johnstone in the men’s 10m platform synchronised diving event. Drinkhall followed a silver medal in the men’s singles by taking gold in the men’s doubles, alongside partner Darius Knight.

Both athletes have gone on to prove their credentials in senior international competition over the course of 2007. Drinkhall is now ranked Great Britain’s number one senior player, having won the English Men’s Single’s Champion this year, while Daley recently became the youngest ever National Men’s Platform Champion.

Four other athletes from Olympic sports were selected for the original list of ten finalists. This included: George Atkins - AYOF cycling gold medallist; Hollie Avil - Junior Women’s World and European Triathlon Champion 2007; Asha Philip - European Junior and IAAF World Youth Championships 2007 gold medallist; Sandra Hyslop – Wild Water World Champion 2007 in Women’s K1.

Previous winners of the award include household names such as Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, Jensen Button, Amy Spencer, Theo Walcott and Dean Macey. The future certainly looks bright for these young stars of British Olympic sport.

For more information on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards click here.

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