Britain’s Healey shortlisted for BBC’s young sports personality of the year

Penny Healey celebrates winning the European Games.

British archer Penny Healey has been named to a three-athlete shortlist for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year award, alongside snowboarder Mia Brookes and wheelchair basketball player Charlie McIntyre.

The 18-year-old won her first major event at the season-opening stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup before collecting individual and team gold medals at the European Games. She was ranked as the number one recurve woman in the world for more than half the year.

“I feel honoured,” Healey told BBC Sport. “It’s been a great year and being nominated for this award on top of that makes it even better.”

The shortlist was revealed during the popular children’s television show Blue Peter on 1 December and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 19 December.

Launched in 1954, the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year is one of the longest-running sports award ceremonies. A newcomer award was introduced in 1999 and given its current name – Young Sports Personality of the Year – in 2021.

No archer has ever won either the youth or senior award.

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