The BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2023 top three finalists were revealed on Blue Peter (Friday 1 December), with each contender acknowledged for their remarkable accomplishments in the sporting realm this year.

In alphabetical order, the three finalists are:

  • Mia Brookes (snowboarding)
  • Penny Healey (archery)
  • Charlie McIntyre (wheelchair basketball)

Mia Brookes, aged 16 from Cheshire, had an extraordinary year, achieving the distinction of becoming the youngest-ever Snowboard World Champion at the Bakuriani Freestyle World Championships. She made history as the first female snowboarder to execute a Cab 1440 in competition and secured the title of the first British athlete to win a Freestyle Snowboard (Slopestyle) World Championship, in addition to finishing fifth in the Big Air competition. Notably, Mia accomplished all of this while studying for and sitting her GCSEs.

On being shortlisted, Mia says: “This year has been unreal, and to get a nomination for Young Sports Personality of the year is an incredible way to sum it up. A year ago, I’d never have believed I’d be in this position, and I’m just really grateful to everyone – my family, my coaches, the whole team – for supporting me along the way.”

Penny Healey, 18, from Shropshire, transitioned to senior competitions in 2023 with remarkable composure. Holding the world number one rank for the majority of the year, Penny demonstrated her exceptional talent by winning numerous competitions. Notable achievements include a gold medal at the first stage of the Archery World Cup series, securing a spot at the finals in Mexico, and claiming gold at the European Grand Prix and the European Games in Krakow in both individual and team events. Penny also earned a quota place for British Archery at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

On being shortlisted, Penny says: “I feel honoured to have been shortlisted for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award! It’s been a great year and being nominated for this award on top of that makes it even better.”

Charlie McIntyre, 18, from Essex, had an outstanding year representing both GB and his club, London Titans. Leading the GB U22 team to an undefeated 3/3 victories at a Home Nations competition, Charlie also contributed to his club’s victory in the British Premier League. At the Eurocup, he made the ‘All-Star 5’ three times, solidifying his status as one of the best players in the tournament. Additionally, Charlie signed his first professional contract for Dinamo Sassari, competing in the top division of Italian Basketball.

On being shortlisted, Charlie says: “I am absolutely honoured to have even made it on the list for the Young Sports Personality of the Year, let alone to have made it in the top three contenders. It feels so amazing! I am lost for words, but I guess I would just like to thank every person who has followed or helped me along my path so far.”

The esteemed judging panel, consisting of former Young Sports Personality of the Year winners Theo Walcott, Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, along with double Paralympic gold medallist and World Champion rower Lauren Rowles and representatives from BBC Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Blue Peter, and a special Blue Peter badge winner, selected the top three contenders.

Andrea Spendolini Sirieix, former Young Sports Personality of the Year winner in 2020 and panellist this year, says: “It is incredible to see these athletes shining and dominating the senior field. At their age, to be able to handle that kind of pressure and bring back medals and titles is awe-inspiring. Seeing them break boundaries and stigmas on age and experience and proving how strong and powerful the youth is, makes me so proud.

The top ten contenders also included Jack Jacobs (artistic gymnastics), Ranjuo Tomblin (artistic swimming), Toby Roberts (climbing), Cat Ferguson (cycling), Ben Doak (football), Poppy Maskill (para swimming), and Sky Brown (skateboarding).

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023 is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 19 December, live on BBC One and iPlayer.