Earlier this month, Arnott was named on a shortlist of 10 up-and-coming young British athletes for the top national award, which has previously been won by fellow Plymothian Tom Daley.
But that shortlist was cut to three today, with 18-year-old Arnott making the final, along with rower Josh Armstrong and windsurfer Emma Wilson. The winner will be announced at next week’s SportsBall in London.
Paralympic hopeful Arnott, who has limited movement in his left shoulder due to Erbs Palsy, won 200m gold at the IWAS World Junior Games in Holland and a silver in the 100m. The City of Plymouth athlete also won senior medals at the IPC Grand Prix events in Germany and London and set a new personal best.
To qualify for the award athletes had to be among the 1,200 young sports people supported by SportsAid in 2015, be nominated by their sport’s governing body, achieved excellence at international level, be a member of a national squad or team, shown commitment, dedication and promise and are expected to improve their ranking and performance the following year.