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Saskia Sills a contender for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

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RYA Volvo National Youth Squad sailor Saskia Sills was announced as one of the ten contenders on the shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award 2012 yesterday, Sunday 2 December.

Sills, 17 from Launceston, has made a huge impact in her first full season in the Under 19 Youth RS:X windsurfing class with her biggest achievement coming at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Dublin where she claimed the gold medal by an emphatic margin.

The windsurfer was also crowned 2012 RYA Volvo Youth National Champion, finished third overall in the RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, winning the Under 17 category.

The Tavistock College star quickly followed that up with another gold at the EUROSAF Youth Europeans, and then went onto claim the under 17 world title in addition to overall silver, at the RS:X Class Youth Worlds in October, earning her nomination for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards alongside Olympic and Paralympic medalists.

London 2012 Olympian Tom Daley has scooped the BBC annual accolade three times since 2007 but is too old to win it this time around as it is only open to those who were aged 16 or under on January 1, 2012.

Past winners also include Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Ellie Simmonds and Andy Murray who have all taken the award over the past decade. Last year's winner was golfer Lauren Taylor who claimed the award after becoming the youngest winner of the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship.

Saskia Sills victory - ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2012 -  ISAF ©  

Alongside Sills on the ten-strong shortlist are Paralympic medallists Jessica-Jane Applegate, Olivia Breen and Josef Craig, tennis player Kyle Edmund, golfer Georgia Hall, BMX champion Quillan Isidore, Olympic swimmer Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, gymnast Rebecca Tunney and canoeist Kimberley Woods.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, commented: 'It’s great for Saskia and the sport as a whole to see one of our talented young windsurfers commitment and achievements recognised by being short listed for this prestigious award. It has been an unsettling year for our young windsurfers but they have remained committed, focussed and determined despite the uncertainty around the Olympic pathway.

'Saskia’s results have been the icing on the cake for RYA Team GBR’s windsurfing programmes and testament to the depth of talent in our programmes and the hard work of not just the young sailors but also coaches and volunteers working tirelessly within the sport.

Truswell concluded: 'Saskia is an extremely capable young windsurfer and a great ambassador for the sport, with an easy going personality but a reputation for delivering determined performances when it counts, she has been a real asset to our programmes this year and I wish her the very best of luck for the award.'

The shortlist was drawn up from nominations made by a panel of judges chaired by BBC Sport's John Inverdale. The panel also selected their top three and their winner by secret ballot.

The top three will be announced later this month and the winner revealed live at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, taking place at London's ExCel on Sunday 16 December.

For further information on the RYA Volvo Youth Racing programme or for details on future regattas please visit the RYA Website.


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