The preparations have now begun on closing the book on another amazing year in British sport. Soon light-hearted debates will break out between friends and family regarding which athlete most deserves to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. This year’s selection of 12 athletes sees a great a great mix of ages and sports, all of which I believe to be deserving of the award. However, here are the six I believe to be most deserving of the accolade.
It has been a fantastic year for Murray; at the US Open he became the first British player since 1977 to win a Grand Slam singles title, barely a month after winning Olympic Gold in straight sets against Federer and Silver in the mixed doubles. He has also taught men everywhere that sometimes it’s okay to cry in public.
The only three-wheeled race David Weir didn’t win this year was a head-to-head showdown with a Reliant Robin, and that’s only because that race only exists in my mind. Simply put, Weir was unstoppable at the London Paralympics, claiming an amazing 4 Gold medals in the T54 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and Marathon.
At the ever so tender age of 18, Ellie Simmonds now has more Paralympic medals than wisdom teeth. Simmonds claimed two Gold medals, as well as Silver and Bronze in a truly amazing performance in the pools at this year’s London Paralympics.
The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year is another of my favourites to win the award, not only because of her Heptathlon Gold medal this year but also because she is a genuinely lovely person. She has also helped inspire a nation to take up running as a hobby, as now every woman wants to run like her, and every man wants to run towards her.
Not only did Adams win Flyweight Gold at the Olympics, she won the first EVER women’s boxing Gold medal in history. Commendably, she has also taught women how to not get upset when their weight is announced to the world.
Amazingly, Storey started off her Paralympic career as a successful swimmer later switching to cycling. This year Storey added an incredible 4 cycling Golds to her tally, proving you don’t need the crazy sideburns of Bradley Wiggins or the back-door pharmacy of Lance Armstrong to be a cycling hero.