Towers powers on to BBC sport short-list

Isaac - an outstanding year of achievement
Isaac - an outstanding year of achievement
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Teenager Isaac Towers was the toast of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club today after being nominated to mix it with the British sporting elite.

The 15-year-old student at AKS School is in the running to be named BBC young sports personality of the year.

The wheelchair athlete, who lives in Catterall, is on a short list of 10 after a superb year.

His list of achievements during 2013 make for impressive reading.

Isaac was first in his age group in the Virgin London Mini-Marathon in April and third overall in all age groups.

In the England Athletics senior/under-20 combined events, he was first in both the 400 and 800 metres in June.

In the same month, Isaac broke the senior European 1500 metres record in Bedford, as well as smashing every national T34 age group record from 100 metres to 5000 metres.

Amazingly, he hit all A standard times to allow him to have instant qualification to the world championships at senior level - but he was sadly ruled out as he was not the minimum age of 15 when he achieved the times.

He is in the top three Great Britain rankings at all distances from 100 metres to 5000 - he also boasts lofty place in the world ratings.

Among the other nominees for an award won in the past by Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s teenage midfielder Adnan Januzaj.

Find of the soccer season Januzaj is up against Dina Asher-Smith, at 17 the second youngest female to win a medal at the world athletics championships when she helped Great Britain’s women secure bronze in the 4x100m relay.

Others short-listed include Charley Hull, who aged 17 was the youngest-ever player to appear for either Europe or the United States in golf’s Solheim Cup, scoring two points out of three as Europe triumphed for the first time on American soil.

Another record-breaker in contention is shooting’s Amber Hill, who was just 15 when she became the youngest-ever winner of a senior World Cup in her sport and finished the season ranked as the world number five.

Isaac received his London Marathon prize from Prince Harry, and on Sunday week he will be mixing it with sporting royalty as the best of Britain come for the 60th anniversary BBC Sports Personality of The Year award at a glittering ceremony in Leeds.