Published December 2, 2016 at 17:11
Double Silver Winning Tom is hoping to make it into the final three of the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Everyone in Rossendale will be aware that Tom Hamer, from Rawtenstall, won two silver medals in two separate events at the Rio Paralympics and set two British records in the process. The swimmer also took home gold in the 200m freestyle event at the IPC European Championships setting another new British record.
Tom has had a packed diary since his Rio success as he delivers his commitment to the community and to getting young, disabled people into sport; inspiring the next generation of disabled athletes. He has visited many schools in the area giving talks on his training and swimming success, he officially opened the new climbing wall at the Adrenaline Centre in Haslingden, he was the VIP guest at the Rossendale Leisure Trust’s Celebration of Sport ceremony and last weekend he turned on Rawtenstall’s Christmas lights. He combines all this community engagement with his busy training regime.
Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council said;
“Tom is an excellent role model for young people and we hope all his hard work in the community and being an ambassador for UK Sport is recognised by winning this award.”
The winner of the award will be announced at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards when they are held in Birmingham on Sunday December 18th 2016.
Previous winners of this award include gymnasts Ellie Downie in 2015 and Claudia Fragapane in 2014 with diver Tom Daley winning it in 2010.
Everyone at Rossendale Council wishes Tom all the best in the competition and we hope he can have even more success this year by bringing this title to Rossendale!
For more information on all the nominees please visit; http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38136068
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