Waimate cyclist Dylan Kennett is in excellent company after receiving a nomination in the emerging talent category for the Halberg Awards.
Kennett won three silver medals at the UCI Junior World Championships in Invercargill.
He also impressed in his elite UCI World Cup debut last month, finishing fourth in the individual pursuit in Scotland.
In Invercargill he broke the New Zealand 3000m individual pursuit record by four seconds, proving what a talent he is.
It will be very competitive to make the finalists with such outstanding young talent in the mix, but Kennett is a real chance. However, lifting the trophy will be a tough ask.
Kennett is up against women's world No 1 amateur golfer Lydia Ko, who is favourite to take the title.
North Canterbury's Anton Cooper made history this year when he became the first UCI cross-country mountain bike world champion, in any age group, from New Zealand.
Orienteer Mathew Ogden has won the middle distance junior world orienteering championship in Slovakia.
And, also in the mix, is Diamond Blacks baseball pitcher, BMX rider Trent Jones (BMX), sailor Andrew McKenzie, swimmer Corey Main and road cycling's Sophie Williamson.
The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship. Past recipients are ineligible.
Last year shot putter Jacko Gill beat Sam Meech (cycling), Shaun Johnson (league) and Byron Wells (freestyle skiing) for the title, while previous winners include swimmer Gareth Kean, winter X-Games free-skiing prospect Jossi Wells and under-19 world track cycling champion Sam Webster.
To be eligible an athlete must be under 20 as of November 30 of the year nominated and have represented New Zealand.
The emerging talent nominee must not have medalled at elite international level. The award is designed to identify and assist a young athlete in their quest to become an Olympic and/or world champion, and hopefully one day win the Halberg Award.
- The Timaru Herald