In focus: Young Sportswoman of the Year
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Last Updated: 23/10/17 12:10pm
It's been a great year for women's sport and we are profiling the contenders for the four main prizes, here's the 2017 Young Sportswoman of the Year.
On Thursday night, the sporting world will celebrate a memorable 2017 for British female sport at the 30th Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards in association with Vitality.
With voting now closed, there are seven categories for which the prizes will be handed out. As well as recognising the achievements on the field, the awards celebrate the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite athletes, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.
|Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year 2017||the ultimate accolade for your favourite Sportswoman of this year|
|Young Sportswoman of the Year||nominees must have been 21 or younger on January 1, 2017|
|Vitality Team of the Year||celebrating the achievements of Britain's successful collective efforts|
|Disability Sportswoman of the Year||the outstanding performer in a disability sport|
|Community Award||for individuals who have actively engaged with different groups of people within their community through sport|
|The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration||recognising inspirational endeavour in honour of the late sports presenter Helen Rollason|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||recognising a lifetime of sporting success|
Here we run the rule over the four contenders for the Young Sportswoman of the Year...
Freya Anderson (swimming)
Freya was crowned junior 100m freestyle world champion in Indianapolis, with the 16-year-old setting a championship record of 53.88 secs to take gold in August.
The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer, who won the European 100m freestyle title in 2016, set a personal best of 53.91 secs over the 100m at the world championships in Budapest.
On her debut appearance at this level, she swam in two British relay quartets, but finished out of the medals on both occasions. This year alone, she has set personal bests in six events.
In April, she broke Fran Halsall's 10-year old British age group record while winning the British 100m freestyle crown.
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Ellie Downie (artistic gymnastics)
Ellie became European all-round champion in April - the first British woman to win the overall title at a major international competition.
The 18-year-old was in second place going into the final apparatus but defeated Hungary's Zsofia Kovacs to the title in the Romanian city of Cluj.
Downie said: "That was probably one of the hardest competitions I've done and when the score came through I was speechless."
She qualified for all five individual finals - the first British gymnast to do so. Downie won silver medals in the vault and floor exercise and a bronze in the uneven bars.
And she even earned a ringing endorsement from five-time Olympic gymnastics gold medallist Nadia Comaneci, who said: "Ellie is a very strong athlete and I am very impressed with her physicality. It takes time but she is adapting to the new code of points very well."
What is so impressive about the Euro performances is that she had injured her left ankle at the British Championships a month earlier. Her next target is the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Sammi Kinghorn (para-athletics)
Sammi completed the T53 sprint double at the IPC world athletics championships. The Scottish wheelchair racer was crowned the 100m world champion before the 21-year-old broke the world record in the 200m final, storming to victory in a time of 28.61 secs. She also won a bronze medal in the T53 400m.
Kinghorn is paralysed below the waist following a forklift accident on the family farm in Berwickshire in 2010.
She said: "After I won gold in the 200m I lay in bed that night and I was thinking, 'I have come really far'. People out there who are going through horrible things like accidents, they can get up and do something because life doesn't end with something like that.
"Every time I'm on the track my dad smiles a little bit more and accepts it a bit more. It's never nice to be part of something that's so devastating to your daughter's life but I can say to him that it's okay and I wouldn't be in this position without him."
Earlier this year, she broke the 200m world record in Arizona, the 100m European record, the 400m European record and the 800m European record in Switzerland.
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Mille Knight (para-skiing)
Mille won three medals at the IPC alpine skiing world championships in Tarvisio. The visually impaired skier and guide Brett Wild won downhill gold in a time of 1:13.42 on the opening day in Italy.
Records for many Paralympic sports are not complete but GB officials feel confident enough to herald Knight as Britain's first World Para skiing champion.
She said: "I love the downhill and speed is definitely my strength. It was an amazing feeling to win but we came here just thinking about doing our best and not winning the medals, but we've done it all and I'm so chuffed."
The 18-year-old from Canterbury was the flagbearer at the Winter Paralympics opening ceremony.
You can watch coverage of the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards in association with Vitality on Thursday from 8pm with live coverage underway on Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event