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Awarding the best young talents in sport today.

It returns for a second year. The Acidic Fitness Athletic Awards compiles the highest performing young athletes from a variety of sports against each other.

In last years inaugural edition of the Athletic Awards, 400m sprinter Laviai Nielsen walked away with the award after an impressive indoor & outdoor season with a silver at the British indoors and a silver in the 4x400 world championships in front of a home crowd in her home city.

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NIAMH EMERSON

  • Bronze Commonwealth - Heptathlon

  • World U20 Champion - Heptathlon

Jessica Ennis-Hill. Katarina Johnson-Thompson. And now Niamh Emerson joins the list of the best heptathletes this country has to offer, and her career is just getting started. How did Emerson burst onto the scene this year? By leaving the commonwealth games with a bronze medal in Heptathlon (won by KJT) so coming into a U20 World Champions there's a few more extra eyes on her although she almost didn't make it due to a niggling injury. She would defy the odds by defeating defending champion Sarah Lagger and would become the second Briton after Morgan Lake to win the world championship in this event.

 

LUKE RICHARDSON

  • IPF World Champion 2018

Don't be fooled by the age, this young British powerlifter is living up to the hype he has created over the years as a promising lifter in the sport. No doubt the strongest junior powerlifter in the country he is also ranked third in the world (in the 120+ kg category).

After finishing 2nd in the World's many would be satisfied with such a high placed finished on a global stage. Not Richardson. In the next 12 months he would be determined to make serious gains in all his lifts so he could return to the worlds stage and claim the World Championship for himself, which he managed to achieve in Calgary this past summer.

 

DELPHINE CASCARINO

  • Winner - UEFA Women's Champions League

  • Winner - Division 1 Féminine

After missing the majority of 2017 through a serious injury, Delphine Cascarino was determined to return to action and get back to where she left off.

Although she is part of a Lyon team dubbed as one of the best football teams in Europe, she played a vital role in the clubs double winning 2017/18 campaign often coming on as a substitute to cause havoc with her pace down the wings.

It seems like Cascarino has found her stride now, she has won 5 caps for the French national team and is currently on 4 goals this season in all competitions. Cascarino is well and truly on her way to becoming a true fixture in the Lyon side and is living up to the bill of being the most exciting prospect in French football today.

 

DANIEL ADJEI

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ELLIE ROEBUCK

  • Bronze - FIFA U20 Women's World Cup

In September 2017, Ellie Roebuck signed her first professional contract with Manchester City and was part of a squad consisting of players such as Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton and NIkita Parris. When would Roebuck make her mark on the wider football world? During a midweek top-table clash with Chelsea keeper Bardsley would be taken out early on in the game which meant young Roebuck had to be called into action immediately. She would respond to this call by displaying a number of heroics denying Chelsea from snatching a win and keeping the pressure on the blues for an extended period of time. Roebuck would carry on in between the sticks for City's crucial games in the league and Champions League. Although they fell short in their campaigns, Roebuck would go on to be part of an England squad which finished third and only recently awarded with her first senior cap against Austria.

 

WILL CHICOMB

  • Winner - BNBF Midlands Teen

  • Winner - BNBF British Teen

  • Winner - UKDFBA Southern Counties Teen

3 consecutive shows, 3 consecutive winners medals. That is the momentum that Will Chicomb wanted to leave with in his first year of competitive bodybuilding. Learning from fellow Birmingham competitors Shaq Channer and last year's runner up Scott Sawyers, Chicomb wanted to absorb as much information as possible as well as leaving with gold so that he's in the best condition possible in time for his return to the stage in 2020.

What did he achieve this year? Dominating the teen categories in the BNBF and UKDFBA federations well known in the UK for their drug-free competing conditions. Chicomb would win the qualifiers in the respective federations and would go on to become British champion in the BNBF.

 

PHOEBE HAGAN

  • IFBB Pro Status

  • PCA Pro Status

  • Top 10 IFBB Pro Ranking

The only two-time nominee on this years list. Phoebe Hagan continued the momentum she started in 2017 and carried that over to this year with new goals and aspirations. This year she had one main goal and that was to become an IFBB Pro and after achieving that at the first time of asking in Alicante, her momentum carried her up the IFBB rankings. Although she just about missed out on qualification for the Olympia show, the biggest show in Bodybuilding, she is determined to achieve this goal in the new year.

 
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