Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sportswoman of the Year 2013 shortlist

Last Updated: 11/11/13 9:27pm

Based on the performances of the athletes to have made the shortlist for the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sportswoman of the Year Award 2013, the future of women's sport in Britain looks extremely bright.

The four nominees for the award, for which those aged 21 or under are eligible, have all shown themselves to be amongst the very best of their age in their respective sports as well as impressing on the international stage at senior level.

The shortlist is as follows:

Dina Asher-Smith

Asher-Smith, 17, was the youngest member of the Great Britain 4x100m relay that won bronze at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.

The sprinter had already achieved significant success with two gold medals in Rieti in Italy at the European Athletics Junior Championships - both as part of the 4x100m relay team as well as individually in the 200m.

The relay team not only won gold but also broke the national record with a time of 43.81 seconds. Asher-Smith then rounded off her incredible year with another win, again in the 200m, this time at the European Champion Clubs Cup in the Czech Republic.

Charley Hull

Europe lifted the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time in the competition's 23-year history in August with 17-year-old golfer Charley Hull from Kettering instrumental in the victory.

Hull, the youngest player to participate in the women's team event, helped Europe to an 18-10 victory over the hosts at the Colorado Golf Club with an impressive 5&4 triumph over former US Open champion Paula Creamer.

The teenager, who received special exemption to play in the event before her 18th birthday, only turned professional in March and then finished as runner-up in her first five events on tour before her Solheim Cup heroics.

Becky James

Also nominated for the main award, Becky James was in irresistible as she won four medals in five days at the UCI track cycling world championships in Minsk in February.

The 21-year-old Welsh cyclist won gold in the women's sprint and Keirin events as well as bronze medals in the team sprint (alongside Victoria Williamson) and 500m time trial. As a result she is the first British rider to claim four medals at a single world championship.

James' two victories came within the space of 24 hours: first she overcame German Kristina Vogel in the final of the women's sprint, winning 2-1 after losing the opening race; then, despite not getting much sleep, James triumphed in a field of six outstanding cyclists in the women's Keirin, beating China's Gong Jinjie by 0.116secs.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

With Jessica Ennis-Hill out injured, the Liverpool Harriers athlete was Britain's best hope in the heptathlon at August's World Championships in Russia. Johnson-Thompson had finished 15th at London 2012 and the 20-year-old put in a great performance in Russia as she narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, eventually finishing fifth.

A score of 6,449 was a personal best for Johnson-Thompson, who also bettered her own records in four of the seven events during the competition.

On top of her impressive showing on the world stage, the 20-year-old also won gold in the European U23 Championships in Finland in July with a score of 6,215 giving her victory by 269 ahead of Germany's Kira Biesenbach.

Watch the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year Awards live on Sky Sports on December 5.