Tom Marquand nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

26th Nov 2015 | News

We are extremely proud of BRS Graduate Tom Marquand who’s year just seems to be getting better and better!

Not only did 17 year old Marquand win the title of Champion Apprentice in 2015 with 54 winners in his maiden year but he has now reached the shortlist for Young Sports Personalty of the Year.

It is a hotly contested shortlist with representatives from Gymnastics, Cricket, Swimming, Para- athletics and many more but we are in no doubt that Tom deserves his place among the 10 young athletes.

Tom first came to the British Racing School in 2012 for Pony Racing tuition. He had been given the chance to ride a racing pony and wanted to be sure he was as well prepared as he possibly could be. First impressions by every member of staff that encountered him were brilliant, reports of a well-mannered, smartly dressed, attentive and enthusiastic boy rippled through the BRS.   Tom quickly advanced through the Pony Racing Training and in his final season racing attended a week long course for the 10 most promising pony racing jockeys in the UK. Tom impressed throughout the week and was awarded the prize of “The Most Promising Jockey” in recognition of his natural talent and professionalism.

In 2014 Tom returned immediately after finishing school to attend his pre-Apprenticeship Diploma course. He worked hard, didn’t miss a lecture and absorbed information and advice at every opportunity.  He is continuing to gain the qualification in the workplace juggling it around full time work and raceriding.  He has since been back to the school for Jockey Licence course training and the 7lb Claimer Seminar. He is also on the Jockey Coaching Programme and has regular sessions with jockey coach Rodi Greene to help him improve further.   Tom has always gone the extra mile when it comes to learning and training; we are proud to call him a Graduate of the BRS.

The top three, chosen by an expert panel, will be named on Blue Peter on Thursday, 10 December (17:00 GMT, CBBC).

The overall winner will then be announced live on Sunday, 20 December, when Belfast hosts Sports Personality of the Year 2015

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