Daniel Atkins has been nominated for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch Award for 2019 after becoming junior World and European champion in a stunning year on the water
Pangbourne athlete Atkins has been nominated for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch awards, shortlisted in the top ten from a raft of 1,000 young athletes supported by the charity across 60 sports.
The 18-year-old dominated the junior international scene in 2019, coming away as junior World and European Champion in the K1 men's 200m, his first two major individual titles.
Dan is currently supported by the Thompson Trust through SportsAid.
The award was launched in 2006 to shine a spotlight on the outstanding achievements of Britain’s brightest young prospects, with Tom Daley, Courtney Tulloch, Amber Hill and Morgan Lake among the former winners.
Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, and five-time Paralympic para-equestrian champion Natasha Baker are among the panel of judges casting their eye over the nominees.
Speaking on his nomination and the help SportsAid provides for him, Dan said:
"The SportsAid award enabled me to buy paddles and a boat - the equipment I needed for racing in the coming season. It’s been a massive support - at the moment I don’t have any other funding from my sport and sponsorship is quite hard to come by in kayaking. It allowed me to train more comfortably not really worrying about money. For me, kayaking is the sport I care about and love."
The shortlisted athletes are:
Aaliyah Powell, 17 – Taekwondo
AbdAllah Eissa, 13 – Squash
Amy Hunt, 17 – Athletics
Antonia Bunyan, 19 – Goalball
Charlie Aldridge, 18 – Cycling
Daniel Atkins, 18 – Canoeing
Ellie Challis, 15 – Para Swimming
Enriko Itauma, 14 – Boxing
Karim Chan, 19 – Para Athletics
Katie Shanahan, 15 – Swimming
The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s Celebrate the Next event, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, in London on Tuesday 19 November.