Georgia Hall shortlisted for Young Sports Personality of the Year

Georgia Hall

England’s Georgia Hall – the European number one – has been shortlisted for the 2012 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 16-year-old from Remedy Oak in Dorset follows in the footsteps of another England golfer, Lauren Taylor of Woburn, who went on to win the 2011 award.

Other past winners include Tom Daley in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and Wayne Rooney in 2002.

Georgia’s nomination comes at the end of a superb year for the international, who is the British girls’ champion. She is Europe’s number one woman golfer – reflecting her fourth place in the world rankings – and she won the England Golf girls’ order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.

Georgia’s challengers for the BBC award include the swimmers Jessica-Jane Applegate and Josef Craig who both won Paralympic gold medals.

The shortlist of 10 was drawn up from nominations made by a panel of judges chaired by BBC Sport's John Inverdale. Those nominated had to be aged 16 or under on 1 January 2012.

As well as compiling the shortlist, the panel choose their top three and their winner by secret ballot.

The top three will be announced mid-December and the winner will be announced live at BBC Sports Personality of the Year, taking place at ExCel in London on Sunday, 16 December.

Lauren Taylor won last year’s award after she became the youngest-ever winner of the British women’s championship, at the age of 16.

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