Beevers shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

Women’s Rugby League star Caitlin Beevers has been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Beevers, 18, has enjoyed a terrific 2019 season and was one of the standout players in the Women’s Super League.

The England international fullback, whose Leeds Rhinos side secured a league and cup double, is also a fully qualified RFL match official.

Previous winners of the Young SPOTY award include Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray and Tom Daley.

Beevers is currently on her way back to England after playing for her country in the recent Test series against Papua New Guinea.

Beevers helped Leeds win both the Challenge Cup and Super League this season. Credit: Craig Milner/News Images

Her nomination sees Rugby League given strong recognition at the SPOTY awards for the second time in five years.

Leeds Rhinos men’s legend Kevin Sinfield was shortlisted for the main prize back in 2015 and surprised the nation by finishing second behind Andy Murray.

“I’m obviously really happy and honoured to have been selected,” Beevers told the RFL website.

“It’s been a massive year for me in terms of refereeing and playing, as well as representing England, so thank you!”

The 2019 SPOTY awards will take place in Aberdeen for first time on Sunday, 15 December.

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