Seventeen year old Sam Curran has made the ten person shortlist for the BBC’s sponsored Young Sports Personality of the Year Award 2015.
One of the most famous cricketers to come out of Zimbabwe was Sam’s father Kevin Curran, who played at the 1983 and 1987 Cricket World Cups. Kevin tragically collapsed and died in Zimbabwe while jogging in 2012. Both of his sons, Tom and Sam, have followed in his giant cricket footsteps, playing at highly competitive levels in the UK having left Zimbabwe after their father’s death.
Sam, who now stays in Northampton, plays for Surrey CCC where he is studying for his A levels. He previously studied at St George’s College in Harare. Sam made it into Surrey CCC’s 1st team in the middle of the 2015 season and was the second youngest player to play for Surrey. He also was the youngest player to take five wickets on his début in a first-class match. He and his older brother Kevin also laid a claim to fame in September when they took all ten wickets in a match against Northamptonshire.
The BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year Awards annually shortlist ten high school student athletes across the sporting disciplines. The prestigious award has dates back to 1999 and previous winners included famous names such as Theo Walcott(2006), Wayne Rooney(2002), Andy Murray(2004) and Kate Haywood(2003).
A panel of experts will narrow down the ten finalists to three candidates. The overall winner of the award will then be announced live from a ceremony held in Belfast on Sunday, 20 December.