Young Sports Personality of the Year Award
Oscar Murphy, Golf
As a 13-year-old, Oscar made headlines around the world when he struck an amazing tee shot at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship alongside Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Dustin Johnston. The talented teenager launched a high fade off the 15th tee with his three wood onto the middle of the par 3 green some 183 yards away, inside Johnson and Fleetwood and just a couple of feet outside McIlroy’s effort. Having delivered on the big stage, Oscar and his family then moved back from the UAE to the Omagh area and he was soon impressing on the fairways again, helping Omagh Academy to a first victory over Omagh CBS in four years to claim the Passmore Shield.
Makenna Chadwick, Archery
2018 was a year that just got better and better for Makenna, who brought her season to an end by winning a World title in South Africa. The Drumragh Integrated College pupil won the Junior Female Bow Hunter Recurve title at the IFAA World Field and Hunter Championships where she missed out on a world record due to a printing error. Earlier in the year she won a bronze medal at the European Indoor Archery Championships in Budapest, which was followed by wins at the NIFAA Junior Field and Hunter Open Championships, the UK and Ireland Field Archery Championship, and the NI Field Archery Championships in Derry.
Jamie Lyons, Motorcycling
A perfect record is very difficult to achieve, but 13-year-old Jamie managed it last year. He entered all 20 Junior Cup races in Dublin at the Mondello Masters Championships and won all 20 to complete a remarkably dominant season on his 300cc Kawasaki Ninja. He also finished second overall in the Ulster Championship and impressed at the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup in Spain, so as far as years go, 2018 will be difficult for Jamie to top. However, he’ll be sure to give it a good go having sealed a place in the British Talent Cup where he will be up against the best riders under the age of 16, as well as a place on the grid in the Moto3 Championship.
Please note: One vote per IP address. Your vote does not determine the overall winner but helps create awareness of the shortlisted nominees.
Deadlines: For ‘public view’ of votes: Monday 25th February 2019 10am
Final voting deadline is: Friday 1st March 2019 10am