One-to-Watch Award

SportsAid’s annual One-to-Watch Award was launched in 2006 and looks to shine a spotlight on the achievements of Britain’s brightest young sporting prospects.

One to watch

The success of the One-to-Watch Award’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’ speaks for itself as previous victors, including Tom Daley, Hollie Arnold MBE and Alex Yee, have already amassed countless senior medals from Olympic and Paralympic Games, World and European Championships, as well as Commonwealth Games, firmly establishing themselves as household names in British sport.

Ellie Challis receiving her award

Each year, 10 athletes are selected from around 1,000 rising British stars, supported by SportsAid, across more than 60 different sports. The shortlisted athletes are nominated by their sport’s governing body on the strength of their talent and potential, demonstrating why the One-to-Watch Award has gained such a strong reputation for identifying the best up-and-coming prospects.

Caroline receiving her award

Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Winckless MBE leads the expert judging panel which also includes Commonwealth Games champion Ama Agbeze MBE and Nick Hope, an award-winning Olympic and Paralympic Reporter, at present. Each of the top 10 are interviewed as part of the process, answering questions relating to their sporting achievements as well as their lives as a whole, before the panel make their final decision. 

Amber Hill receiving her award

Skeet shooter Amber Hill was presented with the One-to-Watch Award by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, the Patron of SportsAid, back in 2013. Many SportsAid alumni have returned to hand over the award such as Sir Matthew Pinsent, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Mo Farah, Victoria Pendleton CBE, Steve Backley OBE, Sir Ben Ainslie, Christine Ohuruogu MBE and Ellie Simmonds OBE.

Reigning Champion


It's a really good feeling and it's great to have had this season's achievements recognised! They caught me off-guard with my Award which was a lovely surprise. Christine [Ohuruogu] has done amazing things, not only in the sport as a whole but in the 400 specifically, so just to have her recognise me and be able to be in a room with such great and successful people is exciting. I appreciated her being there for it. I feel like it sets me up for a great trajectory of success and hopefully I will follow in the footsteps of those before [who have won the One-to-Watch Award]. I feel like I'm already on the radar especially because of my first senior season, not only just competing but coming away with medals. The targets I had were hit in the senior field and it solidified my position there and hopefully I can now go further.

Yemi Mary John
One-to-Watch Award winner 2023

Hall of Fame

Tom Daley (diving) - 2006

Andrew Brown (sailing) - 2007

Hollie Arnold (para athletics) - 2008

Jodie Williams (athletics) - 2009

Harry Martin (hockey) - 2010

Sally Brown (para athletics) - 2011

Courtney Tulloch (gymnastics) - 2012

Amber Hill (shooting) - 2013

Hall of Fame

Morgan Lake (athletics) - 2014

Emma Wilson (sailing) - 2015

Alex Yee (triathlon) - 2016

Holly Dunford (rowing) - 2017

Caroline Dubois (boxing) - 2018

Ellie Challis (para swimming) - 2019

Mark Swan (powerlifting) - 2022

Yemi Mary John (athletics) - 2023

Inaugural Winner

Tom Daley

I won the first One-to-Watch Award and I remember going on stage with Matthew Pinsent [who presented the award] and feeling so small – he was towering above me! I went there with my dad and a trip to London was big for us in itself. Receiving that award and getting the recognition was the first time I’d ever stood in front of so many people wearing something other than my trunks! People were clapping for my achievements and this was at the time that London 2012 had just been announced – I remembered that moment being the start of something exciting.

Looking back at what I’ve achieved, that was really a breakthrough moment for me when my diving career took off. It takes a lot of time, effort and commitment [to be a successful athlete] so I have SportsAid to thank for a lot.

Tom Daley OBE
One-to-Watch Award winner 2006