Sports Personality of the Year: BBC Award Shortlist Named
26th November 2012
Olympic and Paralympic athletes dominate the shortlist for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, and athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah are candidates in a 12-strong list.
Rower Katherine Grainger, golfer Rory McIlroy, boxer Nicola Adams and sailor Ben Ainslie are other hopefuls.
Paralympians Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and David Weir also make the list for the award on 16 December.
Three former Sports Personality nominees were on an expert panel which decided the shortlist, and the winner will be decided by a public vote on the night.
The panel was put together following criticism of an all-male list decided via a different method in 2011.
The 2000 winner Sir Steve Redgrave, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Denise Lewis were joined by Baroness Campbell, chair of UK Sport, and representatives from the BBC and the newspaper industry.
Presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding, Sports Personality of the Year will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC Radio 5 live from 19:30 GMT.
A capacity crowd of 15,000 at the ExCel in London will make it the biggest show in the event’s 59-year history.
It will be a star-studded climax to 12 months of sport which saw London host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With an array of candidates to choose from, the panel faced some difficult choices finalising the shortlist, which was extended from 10 to 12 to reflect a brilliant year for British sport.