Youth Troop

Last week Derrick Rose became the youngest ever MVP in NBA history. It’s well deserved as Rose has been leading the Chicago Bulls charge into the playoffs with his mean fakes and destructive drives. Receiving the prestigious award was an emotional moment for him, as he got a bit teary when thanking his mother (bless him.)

However, as Voltaire once said, “with great power comes great responsibility” and once a player receives the MVP award, the spotlight is very much on them. Such a talented player like Rose should take this in his stride and with plenty of years ahead of him, he’ll be going from strength to strength. To prove this, he scored 33 of the Bulls 95 points yesterday as Chicago look to see off the Atlanta Hawks in the play-offs. We say good luck to him and just in case you haven’t seen him in action yet, here’s a little taster of what he can do…

However, America always seem to have this kind of talent floating around, so what about us? Well we thought we’d answer this question with a quick list of four extraordinary young athletes’ from our side of the pond.

First of all we have Cornish Aaron Hadlow, who at 23 years old has won the Kitesurfing World Championship five times!

Next up is 22 year-old Shanaze Reade. The BMX racer from Crewe has won the World BMX Championship three times as well as breaking a world record in a team sprint at the World Track Championships in 2008.

Despite this country’s lack of towering snowy mountains, we still have some serious snowboarding talent in the form of Jamie Nicholls. The Yorkshire lad is only 17-years old and after bagging himself plenty of British titles, he’s burst onto the international scene and recently got himself third place in the 5Star Burn Slopestyle finals in Italy.

And how could a list such as this be complete without the golden boy: Tom Daley. The wonderkid from Plymouth won his first diving world championship at 14-years old in 2009 and along with Shanaze is one of Britain’s best gold medal hopefuls for London 2012.

So a big congratulations to Derrick and a big-up to the UK youth talent is in order we think. Cheers!