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3 rising stars nominated for first-ever RTÉ Sports Young Sportsperson of the Year

Gina Akpe-Moses, David Clifford and Mona McSharry are in contention for the 2017 accolade.

The three nominees: Akpe-Moses, Clifford and McSharry.
The three nominees: Akpe-Moses, Clifford and McSharry.

THREE RISING STARS in their respective sports have been nominated for the inaugural RTÉ Sports Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Gina Akpe-Moses, David Clifford and Mona McSharry will go head-to-head for the accolade after each putting down a 2017 to remember in their field.

Akpe-Moses produced a glittering performance at the European U20 Championships, storming to the gold medal position in the 100m sprint.

Clifford had a huge year in the green and gold of Kerry, bagging a remarkable 4-4 in the All-Ireland final as the Kingdom won their fourth title in-a-row.

And 17-year-old McSharry’s standout moment of a massive 2017 came as she became the first Irish swimmer to win gold at the World Junior Swimming Championships, claiming the 100m breaststroke crow in Indianapolis in August.

The winner will be chosen by RTÉ Sport department executives, and announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, 16 December (Live on RTÉ One, 9.15pm).

Who do you think should be crowned 2017 Young Sportsperson of the Year though?

Poll Results:

David Clifford (Gaelic football) (2869)
Mona McSharry (Swimming) (2319)
Gina Akpe-Moses (Athletics) (1579)

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