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Aquatics trio nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011

23rd November 2011

Ellie Simmonds, Tom Daley and Jack Laugher have all made the shortlist of 10 for the 2011 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

The prestigious prize has remained in the aquatics community for the past four years with Daley winning in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and Simmonds honoured in 2008.

And with the trio making a mark with their performances on the World and European stages respectively this season, all three have a strong chance or continuing the run.

Read more about Ellie, Tom and Jack below:

Ellie Simmonds

  Name: Ellie Simmonds

  Age: 17

  2011 achievements: Two golds (in world records), one silver and
  one bronze at IPC European Championships.


Simmonds has gone from strength to strength every season since winning double Paralympic gold at Beijing 2008.

And 2011 was no different as she scooped two golds, a silver and a bronze at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.

The two highlights of Simmonds' week were her golds in the S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley as she broke her own world record in both finals.

Tom Daley

  Name: Tom Daley

  Age: 17

 2011 achievements: 5th in 10m Platform at World Championships,
 World series gold, silver and bronze.


Having won double Commonwealth gold in 2010, it was time to take on the world in 2011 as Daley impressed at the World Championships and in the World Series.

Teaming up with Peter Waterfield for the 10m Synchro, Daley won bronze at the Shanghai leg of the FINA World Series before an emotional gold in front of a home crowd in Sheffield.

The youngster also impressed individually, winning World Series silver with a personal best score at the final leg in Guanajuato before finishing fifth at the World Championships in Shanghai and securing Great Britain a quota place for the Olympic Games.

Jack Laugher

  Name: Jack Laugher

  Age: 16

 2011 achievements: 8th in 3m Springboard on World
 Championship debut, 3m Springboard gold at British Gas Diving
 Championships

After winning double gold at both the World and European Junior Championships in 2010, Laugher came of age on the senior stage in 2011 with a number of stand-out performances.

He scored an international pb, missing out on the six-man final by just 14 points on his FINA World Series debut in Sheffield before clinching his first British Gas Diving Championships title in the 3m Springboard in July.

A month later, Laugher finished eighth in the same event on his senior World Championship debut in Shanghai, securing Great Britain an Olympic quota place as well as qualifying himself for the lucrative 2012 FINA World Series.

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