British Sports Personality Of The Year 2012
At the end of each year on the BBC there is a presentation to the winner of the sports personality for that particular year. Experts decide on the shortlist and then it is up to the general public to decide who to vote for. There is usually a major prime time TV event showing all the highlights and main players of that year before the presentation is made.
In some previous years it is probably fair to say that there wasn’t too much interest in who won as on occasions there didn’t seem to be many outstanding candidates. But this year will surely be the toughest to win as there have been some outstanding performances across so many sports.
Many athletes shone in the Olympics and Paralympics but there were also great performances in other high profile events.
Last year there was disbelief that no women made it onto the short list and talk of even having their own separate trophy but whatever happens there have been many outstanding female competitors. Jessica Ennis went into the Olympics as the face of the games and was a big hope for gold and held her nerve to brilliantly win the heptathon gold,while there were multiple golds in the Paralympics for swimmer Ellie Simmonds and cyclist Sarah Storey.
Paralympian David Weir won 4 gold medals in wheelchair racing and he could be a contender.
Chris Hoy won 2 Olympic golds in cycling to give him Britains highest ever tally of gold medals overall and he could feature highly.
Rory McIlroy recently won the PGA championship and is also sure to get some votes here.
Indeed in this fantastic year for British sport there are bound to be some great competitors who won’t even make the shortlist. In another year they might even have been considered potential winners but for Victoria Pendleton,Laura Trott,Greg Rutherford, Beth Tweddle,Louis Smith,Ben Ainslie,Jason Kenny,Charlotte Dujardin and Nicola Adams they may miss out. Along with many other outstanding performers.
But there are three supreme sportsmen who have had brilliant years and must have the main chance of winning. They are Bradley Wiggins,Mo Farah,and Andy Murray. If any of them had done what they’ve done in any other year then they would have walked away with the prize but the fact that they’ve all had this great moment at the same time makes it very difficult to separate their feats. All 3 have won 2 major prizes this year and have already had much adulation and column inches written about them and their impacts in their chosen sports. Wiggins became the first Brit to win cyclings Tour De France, in July followed a couple of weeks later by winning an Olympic gold as he won the road race. Runner Farah became Britains first Olympic middle distance champion and then he won 2 in a week when he won the 10,000 and 5.000 metres races and celebrated in his own ‘mobot’ fashion. Murray has had a great year. He was the first Brit to reach the Wimbledon final in 74 years and although he lost he played well in the final. A few weeks later he was back in Wimbledon and this time won as he took the Olympic gold as well as a silver in the mixed doubled the same afternoon with partner Laura Robson. Then he won his first major, the US Open and became and first British major winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
Many people focus on the word ‘personality’ in choosing whether to or not to vote for someone but the real issue is sporting excellence. Having the word ‘personality’ there in my opinion seems to be instead of having the event called something as awkward as ‘The Sporting Person Of The Year’. So it's then a vote by the general public and it's not as if they do anything strange at times though!
So surely it will come down to these terrific 3. For whoever comes out on top it will surely round off a great year in style. So may the best sportsperson win.