New honour for brilliant Breen

Olivia Breen, left, celebrates her bronze medal with relay team-mates Jenny McLoughlin, Katrina Hart and Bethany Woodward
Olivia Breen, left, celebrates her bronze medal with relay team-mates Jenny McLoughlin, Katrina Hart and Bethany Woodward

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It’s been a year sprint queen Olivia Breen will never, ever forget.

And City of Portsmouth’s Paralympic star has seen her sensational emergence capped after being short-listed for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

The 16-year-old is one of the 10 people announced as contenders for the hugely prestigious honour.

That means she will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Tom Daley, Wayne Rooney and Andy Murray who have previously won the award.

Breen, who has cerebral palsy, made an amazing dash into the Team GB set-up as their youngest member for this summer’s Games, winning a bronze medal in the T35/T38 4x100m relay and making the finals of the T38 100m and 200m.

That was on top of her double bronze haul at the IPC European Championships after only being classified in January.

Breen will now have to wait to see if she is one of the final three in line for the honour, before the winner is announced live at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on December 16 in London.