Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award

15 Oct

Ryan Sessegnon heads a 10-person shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

The Fulham winger, 18, starred in the Championship last season as the Whites earned promotion to the Premier League.

Sessegnon was central to Fulham’s promotion push

He scored 15 goals on his way to winning the league’s player and young player of the season awards.

Sessegnon joins 12-year-old table tennis starlet Anna Hursey, the youngest-ever Commonwealth Games competitor, among the nominees.

Para-athlete Kare Adenegan, swimmer Freya Anderson and jockey James Bowen were also shortlisted, with the winner announced at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday October 21.

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018 nominees

Ryan Sessegnon – Football

Kare Adenegan – Para-atheltics

Freya Anderson – Swimming

James Bowen – Horse racing

Max Burgin – Athletics

Jack Draper – Tennis

Georgia-Mae Penton – Gymnastics

Anna Hursey – Table tennis

Georgia Roche – Rugby league

Maisie Summers-Newton – Para-swimming

Tennis star Jack Draper – runner-up at Wimbledon’s 2018 boys’ singles – has also been nominated, along with gymnastics’ Georgia-Mae Fenton, rugby league’s Georgia Roche, athlete Max Burgin and para-swimming’s Maisie Summers-Newton.

Para-athlete Adenegan claimed her first senior gold medal as T34 100 metres European champion this year, aged just 17. She then set a new T34 100m world record at the London Anniversary Games.

Swimmer Anderson won bronze for England in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also finished fourth in the 100m freestyle at the European Championships, setting a new junior European record.

Bowen became the youngest rider to win the Welsh Grand National, on Raz De Maree at Chepstow in January, and went on to claim victory in the Lanzarote Hurdle in his maiden season.

Athlete Burgin set a world-best time in his age group for the 800m, and claimed the European Under-18s 800m title.

Fenton represented England at the Commonwealth Games, claiming gold in the uneven bars.

Roche was awarded rugby league’s first Woman of Steel award as she starred for Castleford in reaching the Challenge Cup final, and helped the club to a fourth-place Super League finish.

Para-swimmer Summers-Newton claimed three golds and a bronze on her senior international debut at the European Championships in Dublin.