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Swimming - 17. November 2008.

Eleanor and Elizabeth Simmonds shortlisted for Young Sports Personality of the year

Eleanor Simmonds and Elizabeth Simmonds have been named as contenders for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Thirteen-year-old Eleanor Simmonds has been nominated for her outstanding achievements at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, where she became double gold medallist - the nation's youngest ever individual to win gold at the Paralympics.

The Swansea-based swimmer competed in five events at the Paralympics, winning gold in both the 100m and 400m Freestyle, as well as breaking the world record in the 400m Freestyle.

2007 winner, Tom Daley, has made the shortlist for being Team GB's youngest competitor at the Beijing Olympics, aged 14 years old and the youngest male athlete to ever represent Britain at a summer Games.

He reached the Olympic final in both the 10m Synchro with partner Blake Aldridge, where he came eighth, and in the 10m platform where he achieved seventh place.

This year he has won gold at the European Championships, gold and silver at the FINA Diving World Series and bronze at the FINA Diving World Cup. He has competed at numerous competitions winning several medals and titles during his short career.

Olympian Elizabeth Simmonds has also been announced as a contender for the title. The 17-year-old swimmer has had a successful year, winning silver and bronze at the World Short Course Championships and gold at the European Long Course Championships.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Simmonds came sixth in 200m Backstroke and 10th in the 100m Backstroke. It is predicted she will be one to watch at the 2012 Olympics.

The winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year will be announced on December 14th.
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