BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

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The trophy for the main award – a silver four-turret lens camera.
Tennis player Andy Murray, the 2013 winner.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award is the titular award of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, which takes place each December. The winner is the sportsperson, judged by a public vote, to have achieved the most that year. The recipient must either be British or reside and play a significant amount of their sport in the United Kingdom. The winner is selected by a public-vote from a pre-determinted shortlist.

Sports Personality of the Year was created by Paul Fox, who thought of the idea while he was editor of the magazine show Sportsview. The first award ceremony took place in 1954 as part of Sportsview, and was presented by Peter Dimmock.[1] For the first show, votes were sent by postcard, and rules presented in a Radio Times article stipulated that nominations were restricted to athletes who had featured on the Sportsview programme since April. Approximately 14,500 votes were cast, and Christopher Chataway beat Roger Bannister to win the inaugural BBC Sportsperson of the Year Award.[2] Since then, numerous other awards have been introduced to the ceremony, which now consists of eight awards. Three people have won the award multiple times: boxer Henry Cooper and the Formula One drivers Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill have each won twice.[3] Snooker player Steve Davis has finished in the top three a record five times.[4] HRH The Princess Anne (1971) and her daughter Zara Phillips (2006) are the only pair of award-winners to be members of the same family. The oldest recipient of the award is Dai Rees, who won in 1957 aged 44. Ian Black, who won the following year, aged 17, is the youngest winner.[3] Out of the fifty-seven recipients, thirteen have been female.[5] Sixteen sporting disciplines have been represented; athletics has the highest representation, with seventeen recipients.

Torvill and Dean, who won in 1984, are the only non-individual winners of the award. Counting them separately, there have been forty-five English winners of the award, five Scottish,[6] four Welsh,[7] three Irish,[8][9] and one Manx. The most recent award was made in 2013 to tennis player Andy Murray.

Nomination procedure[edit]

The shortlist is announced at the beginning of December, and the winner is determined on the night of the ceremony by a public telephone vote. Prior to 2012, a panel of thirty sports journalists each submit a list of ten contenders. From these contenders a shortlist of ten nominees was determined—currently, in the event of a tie at the end of the nomination process, a panel of six former award winners determines the nominee by a Borda count. However, this method was criticized following the selection of an all-male shortlist in 2011. The selection process for contenders has been changed for the 2012 (and future) awards as follows:

The BBC introduced an expert panel. The panel will be asked to devise a shortlist that reflects UK sporting achievements on the national and/or international stage, represents the breadth and depth of UK sports and takes into account ‘impact’ within and beyond the sport or sporting achievement in question.

The 2012 panel comprised:

  • Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport (Chair)
  • The BBC’s Head of TV Sport (Philip Bernie)
  • The Executive Editor of BBC Sports Personality of the Year (Carl Doran).
  • A representative from BBC Radio 5 Live – this year, Eleanor Oldroyd.
  • Three national newspaper sports editors (to be rotated annually) – this year, Mike Dunn (The Sun), Lee Clayton (Daily Mail) and Matthew Hancock (Observer)
  • Three former nominees (to be appointed annually) – this year, Sir Steve Redgrave, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and Denise Lewis OBE
  • A pan-sports broadcaster/journalist – this year, Sue Mott
  • Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport.

In 2012, following the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the SPOTY shortlist was expanded to 12 contenders. [10]

Winners[edit]

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award winners
 Year 
Winner Sport Second Sport Third Sport Ref.
1954  Chataway, ChristopherChristopher Chataway (ENG) Athletics  Bannister, RogerRoger Bannister (ENG) Athletics  Smythe, PatPat Smythe (ENG) Show jumping [11]
1955  Pirie, GordonGordon Pirie (ENG) Athletics No record [12] N/A No record [12] N/A [7]
1956  Laker, JimJim Laker (ENG) Cricket No record [12] N/A No record [12] N/A [13]
1957  Rees, DaiDai Rees (WAL) Golf No record [12] N/A No record [12] N/A [7]
1958  Black, IanIan Black (SCO) Swimming  Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton (ENG) Football  Lofthouse, NatNat Lofthouse (ENG) Football [14]
1959  Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees (ENG) Motorcycle racing  Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton (ENG) Football  Black, IanIan Black (SCO) Swimming [15]
1960  Broome, DavidDavid Broome (WAL) Show jumping  Thompson, DonDon Thompson (ENG) Athletics  Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough (ENG) Swimming [16]
1961  Moss, StirlingStirling Moss (ENG) Formula One  Walker, BillyBilly Walker (ENG) Boxing  Mortimer, AngelaAngela Mortimer (ENG) Tennis [17]
1962  Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough (ENG) Swimming  Hyman, DorothyDorothy Hyman (ENG) Athletics  Ludgrove, LindaLinda Ludgrove (ENG) Swimming [18]
1963  Hyman, DorothyDorothy Hyman (ENG) Athletics  McGregor, BobbyBobby McGregor (SCO) Swimming  Clark, JimJim Clark (SCO) Formula One [19]
1964  Rand, MaryMary Rand (ENG) Athletics  Briggs, BarryBarry Briggs (NZL) Speedway  Packer, AnnAnn Packer (ENG) Athletics [20]
1965  Simpson, TomTom Simpson (ENG) Cycling  Clark, JimJim Clark (SCO) Formula One  Coakes, MarionMarion Coakes (ENG) Show jumping [21]
1966  Moore, BobbyBobby Moore (ENG) Football  Briggs, BarryBarry Briggs (NZL) Speedway  Hurst, GeoffGeoff Hurst (ENG) Football [22]
1967  Cooper, HenryHenry Cooper (ENG) Boxing  Burton, BerylBeryl Burton (ENG) Cycling  Smith, HarveyHarvey Smith (ENG) Show jumping [23]
1968  Hemery, DavidDavid Hemery (ENG) Athletics  Hill, GrahamGraham Hill (ENG) Formula One  Coakes, MarionMarion Coakes (ENG) Show jumping [24]
1969  Jones, AnnAnn Jones (ENG) Tennis  Jacklin, TonyTony Jacklin (ENG) Golf  Best, GeorgeGeorge Best (NIR) Football [18]
1970  Cooper, HenryHenry Cooper (ENG) Boxing  Jacklin, TonyTony Jacklin (ENG) Golf  Moore, BobbyBobby Moore (ENG) Football [23]
1971  Princess Anne[nb 1] (ENG) Eventing  Best, GeorgeGeorge Best (NIR) Football  John, BarryBarry John (WAL) Rugby union [26]
1972  Peters, MaryMary Peters (NIR) Athletics  Banks, GordonGordon Banks (ENG) Football  Meade, RichardRichard Meade (WAL) Eventing [8]
1973  Stewart, JackieJackie Stewart (SCO) Formula One  Taylor, RogerRoger Taylor (ENG) Tennis  McMahon, PaddyPaddy McMahon (ENG) Show jumping [6]
1974  Foster, BrendanBrendan Foster (ENG) Athletics  Conteh, JohnJohn Conteh (ENG) Boxing  McBride, Willie JohnWillie John McBride (NIR) Rugby union [27]
1975  Steele, DavidDavid Steele (ENG) Cricket  Pascoe, AlanAlan Pascoe (ENG) Athletics  Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie (SCO) Swimming [18]
1976  Curry, JohnJohn Curry (ENG) Figure skating  Hunt, JamesJames Hunt (ENG) Formula One  Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie (SCO) Swimming [28]
1977  Wade, VirginiaVirginia Wade (ENG) Tennis  Boycott, GeoffreyGeoffrey Boycott (ENG) Cricket  Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene (ENG) Motorcycle racing [18]
1978  Ovett, SteveSteve Ovett (ENG) Athletics  Thompson, DaleyDaley Thompson (ENG) Athletics  Botham, IanIan Botham (ENG) Cricket [29]
1979  Coe, SebastianSebastian Coe (ENG) Athletics  Botham, IanIan Botham (ENG) Cricket  Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan (ENG) Football [18]
1980  Cousins, RobinRobin Cousins (ENG) Figure skating  Coe, SebastianSebastian Coe (ENG) Athletics  Thompson, DaleyDaley Thompson (ENG) Athletics [28]
1981  Botham, IanIan Botham (ENG) Cricket  Davis, SteveSteve Davis (ENG) Snooker  Coe, SebastianSebastian Coe (ENG) Athletics [18]
1982  Thompson, DaleyDaley Thompson (ENG) Athletics  Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins (NIR) Snooker  Cram, SteveSteve Cram (ENG) Athletics [18]
1983  Cram, SteveSteve Cram (ENG) Athletics  Torvill and Dean[nb 2] (ENG) Figure skating  Thompson, DaleyDaley Thompson (ENG) Athletics [30]
1984  Torvill and Dean[nb 2] (ENG) Figure skating  Coe, SebastianSebastian Coe (ENG) Athletics  Davis, SteveSteve Davis (ENG) Snooker [31]
1985  McGuigan, BarryBarry McGuigan (IRE) Boxing  Botham, IanIan Botham (ENG) Cricket  Cram, SteveSteve Cram (ENG) Athletics [18]
1986  Mansell, NigelNigel Mansell (ENG) Formula One  Whitbread, FatimaFatima Whitbread (ENG) Athletics  Dalglish, KennyKenny Dalglish (SCO) Football [32]
1987  Whitbread, FatimaFatima Whitbread (ENG) Athletics  Davis, SteveSteve Davis (ENG) Snooker  Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam (WAL) Golf [33]
1988  Davis, SteveSteve Davis (ENG) Snooker  Moorhouse, AdrianAdrian Moorhouse (ENG) Swimming  Lyle, SandySandy Lyle (SCO) Golf [4]
1989  Faldo, NickNick Faldo (ENG) Golf  Bruno, FrankFrank Bruno (ENG) Boxing  Davis, SteveSteve Davis (ENG) Snooker [18]
1990  Gascoigne, PaulPaul Gascoigne (ENG) Football  Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry (SCO) Snooker  Gooch, GrahamGraham Gooch (ENG) Cricket [34]
1991[nb 3]  McColgan, LizLiz McColgan (SCO) Athletics  Carling, WillWill Carling (ENG) Rugby union  Lineker, GaryGary Lineker (ENG) Football [6]
1992  Mansell, NigelNigel Mansell (ENG) Formula One  Christie, LinfordLinford Christie (ENG) Athletics  Gunnell, SallySally Gunnell (ENG) Athletics [37]
1993  Christie, LinfordLinford Christie (ENG) Athletics  Gunnell, SallySally Gunnell (ENG) Athletics  Mansell, NigelNigel Mansell (ENG) CART [38]
1994  Hill, DamonDamon Hill (ENG) Formula One  Gunnell, SallySally Gunnell (ENG) Athletics  Jackson, ColinColin Jackson (WAL) Athletics [39]
1995  Edwards, JonathanJonathan Edwards (ENG) Athletics  Bruno, FrankFrank Bruno (ENG) Boxing  McRae, ColinColin McRae (SCO) Rallying [40]
1996[nb 4]  Hill, DamonDamon Hill (ENG) Formula One  Redgrave, SteveSteve Redgrave (ENG) Rowing  Dettori, FrankieFrankie Dettori (ITA) Horse racing [43]
1997  Rusedski, GregGreg Rusedski (ENG) Tennis  Henman, TimTim Henman (ENG) Tennis  Redgrave, SteveSteve Redgrave (ENG) Rowing [44]
1998  Owen, MichaelMichael Owen (ENG) Football  Lewis, DeniseDenise Lewis (ENG) Athletics  Thomas, IwanIwan Thomas (WAL) Athletics [28]
1999  Lewis, LennoxLennox Lewis (ENG) Boxing  Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham (ENG) Football  Jackson, ColinColin Jackson (WAL) Athletics [45]
2000  Redgrave, SteveSteve Redgrave (ENG) Rowing  Lewis, DeniseDenise Lewis (ENG) Athletics  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (WAL) Athletics [46]
2001  Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham (ENG) Football  MacArthur, EllenEllen MacArthur (ENG) Sailing  Owen, MichaelMichael Owen (ENG) Football [47]
2002  Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe (ENG) Athletics  Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham (ENG) Football  McCoy, TonyTony McCoy (NIR) Horse racing [48]
2003  Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson (ENG) Rugby union  Johnson, MartinMartin Johnson (ENG) Rugby union  Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe (ENG) Athletics [49]
2004  Holmes, KellyKelly Holmes (ENG) Athletics  Pinsent, MatthewMatthew Pinsent (ENG) Rowing  Flintoff, AndrewAndrew Flintoff (ENG) Cricket [50]
2005  Flintoff, AndrewAndrew Flintoff (ENG) Cricket  MacArthur, EllenEllen MacArthur (ENG) Sailing  Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard (ENG) Football [51]
2006  Phillips, ZaraZara Phillips (ENG) Eventing  Clarke, DarrenDarren Clarke (NIR) Golf  Tweddle, BethBeth Tweddle (ENG) Gymnastics [52]
2007  Calzaghe, JoeJoe Calzaghe (WAL) Boxing  Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamilton (ENG) Formula One  Hatton, RickyRicky Hatton (ENG) Boxing [53]
2008  Hoy, ChrisChris Hoy (SCO) Cycling  Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamilton (ENG) Formula One  Adlington, RebeccaRebecca Adlington (ENG) Swimming [54]
2009  Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs (WAL) Football  Button, JensonJenson Button (ENG) Formula One  Ennis, JessicaJessica Ennis (ENG) Athletics [55]
2010  McCoy, TonyTony McCoy (NIR) Horse racing  Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (ENG) Darts  Ennis, JessicaJessica Ennis (ENG) Athletics [56]
2011  Cavendish, MarkMark Cavendish (IOM) Cycling  Clarke, DarrenDarren Clarke (NIR) Golf  Farah, MoMo Farah (ENG) Athletics [57]
2012  Wiggins, BradleyBradley Wiggins (ENG) Cycling  Ennis, JessicaJessica Ennis (ENG) Athletics  Murray, AndyAndy Murray (SCO) Tennis [58]
2013  Murray, AndyAndy Murray (SCO) Tennis  Halfpenny, LeighLeigh Halfpenny (WAL) Rugby union  McCoy, TonyTony McCoy (NIR) Horse racing [59]

By sport[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by recipient's sporting profession.

Winners by sport
Sporting profession First place(s) Second place(s) Third place(s) Total placing(s)
Athletics 17 14 15 46
Formula One 6 5 1 12
Football 5 6 9 20
Boxing 5 4 1 10
Cricket 4 3 3 10
Tennis 4 2 2 7
Cycling 4 1 0 5
Figure skating 3[nb 2] 1[nb 2] 0 4
Golf 2 4 2 8
Swimming 2 2 6 10
Eventing 2 0 1 3
Snooker 1 4 2 7
Rugby union 1 3 2 6
Rowing 1 2 1 4
Show jumping 1 0 5 6
Horse racing 1 0 3 4
Motorcycle racing 1 0 1 2
Sailing 0 2 0 2
Darts 0 1 0 1
CART 0 0 1 1
Gymnastics 0 0 1 1
Rallying 0 0 1 1
Unknown 0 3 3 6

By number of accolades[edit]

The below table lists all people who have finished in the top three places more than once.

Recipient First place(s) Second place(s) Third place(s) Total placings(s)
Mansell, NigelNigel Mansell 2 0 1 3
Cooper, HenryHenry Cooper 2 0 0 2
Hill, DamonDamon Hill 2 0 0 2
Davis, SteveSteve Davis 1 2 2 5
Botham, IanIan Botham 1 2 1 4
Coe, SebastianSebastian Coe 1 2 1 4
Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham 1 2 0 3
Thompson, DaleyDaley Thompson 1 1 2 4
Redgrave, SteveSteve Redgrave 1 1 1 3
Christie, LinfordLinford Christie 1 1 0 2
Hyman, DorothyDorothy Hyman 1 1 0 2
Torvill and Dean 1 1 0 2
Whitbread, FatimaFatima Whitbread 1 1 0 2
Cram, SteveSteve Cram 1 0 2 3
McCoy, TonyTony McCoy 1 0 2 3
Black, IanIan Black 1 0 1 2
Flintoff, AndrewAndrew Flintoff 1 0 1 2
Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough 1 0 1 2
Moore, BobbyBobby Moore 1 0 1 2
Owen, MichaelMichael Owen 1 0 1 2
Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe 1 0 1 2
Murray, AndyAndy Murray 1 0 1 2
Gunnell, SallySally Gunnell 0 2 1 3
Briggs, BarryBarry Briggs 0 2 0 2
Bruno, FrankFrank Bruno 0 2 0 2
Clarke, DarrenDarren Clarke 0 2 0 2
Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton 0 2 0 2
Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamilton 0 2 0 2
Jacklin, TonyTony Jacklin 0 2 0 2
Lewis, DeniseDenise Lewis 0 2 0 2
MacArthur, EllenEllen MacArthur 0 2 0 2
Ennis, JessicaJessica Ennis 0 1 2 3
Best, GeorgeGeorge Best 0 1 1 2
Clark, JimJim Clark 0 1 1 2
Coakes, MarionMarion Coakes 0 0 2 2
Jackson, ColinColin Jackson 0 0 2 2
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie 0 0 2 2

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As a titled royal, Anne does not hold, nor ever has held, a surname. Before her marriage on 14 November 1973, her surname when required was her maiden name, Mountbatten-Windsor.[25]
  2. ^ a b c d Torvill and Dean refers to the English figure skating pair of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. For the summary tables each individual is counted as winning half an award, so together they are treated as one winner of the award.[19]
  3. ^ In 1991 Bob Nudd received the most votes—at more than 100,000—following a campaign in the Angling Times.[35] However the BBC deemed this to be against the rules and "discarded all the ballots cast on forms printed in the Angling Times".[36]
  4. ^ Justin Fashanu received a large number of votes following a campaign in Gay Times, but was disqualified from the award by the BBC.[41][dead link][42][dead link]

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