Thirteen nominees for the RTÉ Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year have been announced.
The award is open to sportspeople under the age of 20 before 1 January 2018.
The winner will be chosen by senior members of RTÉ Sport and announced live during the awards ceremony this Saturday from 9.20pm on RTÉ One.
16-year-old Rhasidat Adeleke secured a gold medal in the 200m final at the European Under-18 Championships with a resounding victory in Hungary. She was also a member of the silver medal winning 4x100m relay team at this year’s U20 World Championships.
The Young Footballer of the Year lived up to his minor promise by having a stand out season for the Kingdom, especially in the Super8s, where he scored a tally of 4-13.
17-year-old Dubliner Niamh Coyne won a silver medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
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Seán McCarthy Crean followed up his European Karate silver medal in February with a bronze at the Youth Olympic Games.
Cyclist Lara Gillespie had a year to remember, the 17-year-old added gold in the Junior Women's Points Race at the UEC European Track Championships to the silver she won in the Individual Pursuit.
The Kildimo-Pallaskenry man stepped up with a Man of the Match performance in Limerick’s All-Ireland Hurling win. He was also named ‘Young Hurler of the Year’ at the All-Star Awards.
The rise of 17-year-old Sarah Healy continued as the enormously talented Blackrock runner stormed to European Athletics Under-18 Championships double gold, winning the 3000m and setting a new record in her 1500m victory.
The Finn Valley athlete jumped 1.90m to take silver at the Under-20 World Championships in the Women's High Jump.
The 19-year-old followed up his gold medal at the Commonwealth Games to become the first ever Irish gymnast to claim a European gymnastics medal by winning gold on the pommel horse in Glasgow.
The 17-year-old Enniskerry boxer outclassed and outboxed her Russian opponent in the final of the 48kg division to secure gold at the European Youth Championships in Italy.
On the back of a stellar season that saw him ride his first Classic winners in Ireland and England, Donnacha O'Brien was named Champion Flat Jockey, riding over a hundred winners.
16-year-old Nicole Turner lit up Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre at this year’s European Para Swimming Championships, claiming a silver medal in the S6 50m Butterfly.
Featherweight boxer Dearbhla Rooney had a year to remember, winning silver at the Youth European Championships and bronze at the Youth Olympics.