20 Oct 2018

Making headlines earlier in the year with her call-up to represent Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, now 12-year-old table tennis star Anna Hursey is in the running for a major award for young up-and-coming athletes after receiving her nomination for 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

by Simon Daish

The news comes after the BBC unveiled the shortlist of 10 athletes up for consideration for the award which includes the likes of Fulham F.C. footballer Ryan Sessegnon and Wimbledon Junior Boys’ Singles finalist Jack Draper.

Many big-name sporting stars have won the award in the past with Wayne Rooney and Andy Murray being honoured in 2002 and 2004 respectively while another name you will probably recognise, Paul Drinkhall, took the runner up spot in 2006 and 2007.

Anna Hursey quickly shot to international fame after she became the youngest-ever table tennis player to compete at the Commonwealth Games and is not only Great Britain’s no.1 player in her age category but also holds the no.1 spot in the category in Europe.

“I watched it last year and would love to be a part of such a big awards ceremony. I’ve worked very hard this season and I will continue to do so, no matter of the result.” Anna Hursey

The young Welsh star has already done her country proud, but are her efforts set to be further recognised come Sunday 21st October when the winner of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year is announced?

“Anna has had a fantastic Year, and being shortlisted by such and important and prestigious event like the SPOTY is a dream for Anna. Fingers crossed and we’ll see if she can progress to the last few and make the finals.” Ryan Jenkins [Welsh National Team Head Coach]

“We are so proud of our daughter. She gives everything to table tennis. Just being on the shortlist is a great achievement in itself. We will see how it goes.” Phoebe Hursey

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