Winning titles and breaking records have been commonplace for Bishopbriggs swimmer Katie Shanahan – and her remarkable 2019 isn’t over just yet. Katie, 15, was Team GB’s most decorated athlete at the Baku 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival in July, winning half of Britain’s gold medals single-handedly as she claimed a hat-trick of titles in the pool. The City of Glasgow swimmer added three silvers to complete a six-medal haul.
Retaining his world junior long jump title was the culmination of starting afresh for Coalville para-athlete Karim Chan, who is among the nominees for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award. Karim, 19, had a stagnant period of 18 months where he was unable to improve on his personal best. A new approach to training and working with John Shepherd, a former international long jumper, helped rebuild Karim’s confidence.