25th November 2017


5-time World Para Athletics medallist Kare Adenegan (coach: Job King) has been shortlisted in the top ten for the 2017 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The T34 athlete has enjoyed an exceptional year, on and off the track. Not only has the 16 year-old added one silver and two bronze World Para Athletics Championships medals to her ever growing trophy cabinet, but she did this alongside attaining eight A* grades in her GCSEs.

For most people her age, exams would have dominated the early part of the year, but Kare and her coach Job King prepared superbly, setting personal bests over the 100m and 400m – 17.78 and 60.94 respectively – over the summer months.

Her first ever world silver medal came in the T34 100m in the London Stadium this summer, with bronze medals in the 400m and 800m disciplines. This added to her two medals from the Doha edition of the event in 2015, he first as a senior international.

The triple Paralympic medallist is an ambassador for a number of charities and was chosen as one of the young ambassadors supporting the Birmingham bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

The full top ten can be viewed here.

The top ten will be narrowed down to a top three ahead of the live show on Sunday 17 December. This is due to be announced on Blue Peter on Thursday 7 December.