Andrea dives on to Young SPOTY shortlist

9 Dec 2020

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix has been named on the shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award after a breakthrough 2020 for the teenager. 

The Crystal Palace Diving Club athlete is among a trio of up-and-coming British sportspeople to have made the list at the end of a unique 12 months. 

Sixteen-year-old Spendolini-Sirieix began the year in stunning form at the British Diving Championships in Plymouth, securing her first ever senior national crown in winning the Women's 10m Platform event with a points total of 340.20.

A month later, Andrea was heading to Rostock for the FINA Grand Prix event. That also brought some personal history, as another composed display of diving throughout ensured she won a maiden senior international gold, again in the individual 10m Platform contest.

Like the rest of her British Diving teammates, Spendolini-Sirieix spent the months following that success getting creative with at-home training routines during lockdown before settling back into preparation mode in the build-up for the 2021 season, as she looks to keep herself in the best possible condition for another big year ahead. 

If she were to win the award, Andrea would be following in the footsteps of double Olympic medallist Tom Daley, who was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year on three separate occasions - in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

More recently, British para-swimmers have featured regularly on the shortlists, with Ellie Robinson winning the award in 2016 after a stunning performance at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, while teammates Toni Shaw and Maisie Summers-Newton were among the 10 nominees last year in the aftermath of big medal hauls at the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships. 

This year's Young Sports Personality of the Year will be announced on CBBC’s Blue Peter from 5.30pm on Thursday.