Sports Personality shortlist revealed

Ten contenders have been shortlisted for next month’s 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Athletes Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Hannah Cockroft are included along with tennis star Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Froome.

Sports Personality of the Year 2013 shortlist expert panel

Sports Personality of the Year trophy

  • Director of BBC Sport –
    Barbara Slater

    (Chair)
  • BBC head of TV Sport –
    Philip Bernie
  • Executive editor of BBC Sports Personality of the Year –
    Carl Doran
  • From BBC Radio 5 live –
    Mark Pougatch

    (presenter, 5 live Sport)
  • Three newspaper sports editors (to be rotated annually) – in 2013,
    Alison Kervin

    (Mail on Sunday),
    Adam Sills

    (Daily Telegraph),
    Dominic Hart

    (Mirror)
  • A multi-sport broadcaster/journalist –
    Sue Barker
  • Three former Sports Personality nominees (to be appointed annually) – in 2013,
    Baroness Grey-Thompson

    ,
    Dame Kelly Holmes

    and
    Marcus Trescothick
  • Liz Nicholl,

    chief executive of UK Sport

Golfer Justin Rose, sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, jockey AP McCoy, cricketer Ian Bell and rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny also make the list.

The public will vote for their favourite on Sunday, 15 December.

Voting for the main award will be by phone and, for the first time, online during the programme, which will be presented by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.

In front of an expected 12,000 crowd at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, the latest name to join an

illustrious roll of honour

will be announced.

With an array of candidates to choose from, an expert panel faced some difficult choices

finalising the shortlist.

Ainslie

helped mastermind an America’s Cup sailing victory,

Bell

won cricket’s Ashes with England, and there were World Championship doubles for athletes

Cockroft

(wheelchair racing) and

Farah

(5,000m and 10,000m).

Froome

ruled in cycling’s Tour de France,

Halfpenny

starred in the British and Irish Lions’ triumphant tour of Australia and

McCoy

rode an unprecedented 4,000th winner.

Murray

ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s singles winner,

Ohuruogu

regained her world 400m title and

Rose

secured his maiden golf major at the US Open.

In addition to the main prize, there will also be seven other awards:

  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • Sports Personality of the Year Diamond Award
  • Helen Rollason Award
  • Sports Unsung Hero

Three former Sports Personality nominees were on an expert panel which decided the shortlist – and the winner will be decided by the public vote on the night.

Baroness Grey-Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes and Marcus Trescothick were joined by Liz Nicholl, chief executive of

UK Sport, 

and representatives from the BBC and the newspaper industry.

The panel was put together following

criticism of an all-male list

decided via a different method in 2011.

To see a Vine announcing the 10 nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

click here. 

www.bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/25017298

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