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Chris Hoy,2008 winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year is an awards ceremony that takes place annually in December. Devised by Paul Fox in 1954, it originally consisted of one titular award (2008 winner, Chris Hoy, pictured). Several new awards have been introduced, and as of 2008, eight awards are presented. The oldest of these are the Team of the Year and Overseas Personality awards, which were introduced in 1960. The other awards are the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Helen Rollason Award, the Coach Award, Young Sports Personality of the Year, and the Unsung Hero Award. Other awards that have been presented in the past include the Special Achievement Award and the Sports Personality of the Century Award. The trophy for the main award is a silver-plated four-turret lens camera, and for the other awards smaller imitations of the main trophy are used. All of the BBC local regions hold their own independent award ceremonies, which take place before the main ceremony and are used to compile a shortlist for the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award. The event was held outside London for the first time in 2006, when tickets were made available to the public.