The BBC Sports Personality of the Year event will take place on Thursday, 22 December, and be broadcast live on BBC One from MediaCityUK, Salford.
Liam Broady, 17, Tennis. Broady reached the final of the Boys’ Singles at Wimbledon and made the semi-finals of the Boys’ Doubles, having won that title in 2010. He is the youngest male player ranked inside the top 700 on the ATP Men’s Tour, and beat junior world number one Jiri Vesely en route to winning the Aegon International.
Sally Brown, 16, Athletics (Paralympic). Brown began 2011 by winning bronze in the T46 200m on her senior GB debut at the IPC Athletics World Championships. She also won gold and silver at the IWAS World Junior Championships in Dubai, as well as silver in the 300m at the able-bodied Ulster Schools Finals.
Tom Daley, 17, Diving. Daley once again had a stellar 2011. At the World Championships, he finished fifth in the Individual 10m event and sixth in the Synchro 10m. Daley is the 2011 British Champion in the 10m Synchro with partner Pete Waterfield, and came second in the Individual 10m platform and 3m springboard competitions.
Lucy Garner, 17, Cycling. Garner is the Junior Road Race World Champion and became Britain’s first junior world road race medallist since Nicole Cooke in 2001. Garner also won the road race and team time trial at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games and is the senior national madison champion on the track.
Jack Laugher, 16, Diving. Laugher beat Daley to won the 3m springboard title at the British Championships. He also won the 1m and 3m Springboard events at the European Junior Championships, while at the senior Worlds he was the youngest male competitor and finished eighth in the 3m springboard, the highest placing by a GB male springboard diver since 1981.
Pat McCormack, 16, Boxing. McCormack became World Junior Champion at 52kg after beating India’s Naveen Kumar in the final. He also won the 2011 Junior European Championships and emerged as the overall winner at the 2011 Junior Three Nations Championships, against other young British fighters.
Laura Robson, 17, Tennis. Robson won her first Grand Slam match this summer in the first round at Wimbledon and then faced Maria Sharapova in the second round, taking the former champion to a tie-breaker in the first set before losing. Robson also won three qualifying rounds to make the main draw at the US Open, progressing past world number 40 Ayumi Morita in the first round.
Eleanor Simmonds, 16, Swimming. Simmonds has again achieved great success in 2011, winning four medals at the IPC European Swimming Championships. She picked up two golds, one silver and a bronze, all in individual events, setting two new world records in the S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley.
Lauren Taylor, 17, Golf. Taylor is the 2011 British Ladies’ Open Amateur Champion - the youngest ever winner of the accolade. Taylor’s world amateur ranking has risen to 28 and she was selected in the European Team at this year’s Junior Solheim Cup. She also picked up a silver medal at the European Girls Team Championships and was part of the winning team at the England Ladies Home International event.
Anthony Watson, 17, Rugby Union. As well as representing England at Under-18 level, Watson is the youngest London Irish player to play in the Premiership, making his debut in September 2011. At this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games, he picked up a gold medal with England in the Rugby Sevens, and represented England in the FIRA/AER Championships, scoring a last-minute try in the semi-final to beat Wales.