SPOTY shortlist announced

These are the men and women up for the award

The shortlist for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the year award has been announced. The shortlist for the main prize was announced on the One Show on Tuesday night.

The shortlist is as follows:

Ben Ainslie – Britain’s best-ever sailor, Ainslie masterminded team USA’s win in the Americas Cup, one of sailing most prodigious events. He was also knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honors.

Ben Ainslie is Britain’s most successful sailor

Ian Bell – England are having a terrible time in the current Ashes, but Bell starred this summer in the last one. He had an average of 62 in that Ashes; England’s main man in their 3-0 victory.

Ian Bell powered England to a summer Ashes win

Hannah Cockroft – Many of you might have remembered this name from the Paralympics in 2012. Cockroft has carried on from where she left off in that year – she secured a sprint double in the IPC World Championships.

Hannah Cockroft has been brilliant in wheelchair racing

Mo Farah – Everybody loves Mo Farah. The runner, famous also for his Mobot celebration, was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics. He reached new heights in 2013 though. He became only the second man in history to complete an Olympics and World Championships ‘double-double’ – he won the 5,000m and 10,000m in both events.

Mo Farah, pictured here doing his ‘Mobot’, will be one of the favourites

Chris Froome – Chris Froome followed in Bradley Wiggins’ footsteps by winning the Tour De France this year. Sadly, his success was not as widely covered or celebrated as Wiggins’ one last year. Froome will be hoping to continue the trend if he can win the SPOTY, which Wiggins and fellow cyclist Mark Cavendish have won in the past two years.

Chris Froome won this year’s Tour de France

Leigh Halfpenny – Probably the best player in British rugby. Halfpenny starred alongside many of his Wales team-mates as the Lions stormed to success in Australia. He also won the Six Nations with Wales. He claimed ‘Man of the Series’ in the Lions tour.

Welsh full-back Leigh Halfpenny was instrumental in the Lions’ success over Australia

AP McCoy – The only one in the list to have won the prize before, McCoy ran to an amazing 4,000th win in horse racing this year. McCoy has dominated his sport since his first ever win over 20 years ago in 1992.

Jockey AP McCoy won SPOTY in 2010

Andy Murray – Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s singles title this year with an emphatic win over Novak Djokovic. Despite being injured quite a bit this year, Murray could well be a favourite for the award.

Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon

Christine Ohuruogu – The runner reclaimed her title in the 400m distance this year at the World Championships in Moscow. She became the first British woman to win two World Championship titles.

Christine Ohuruogu became the first British woman to win two World Championship titles

Justin Rose – The golfer claimed his maiden major title this year as he became the first Englishman to win the US Open for 43 years.

Justin Rose became the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years


2012 was always going to be a tough year to top. Many hailed it as Britain’s most successful year in the world of sport. Bradley Wiggins scooped the award in 2012, and many Olympians could have won it. However, I think 2013 did pretty well, and I think these people are worthy of the SPOTY shortlist.

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



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