It has been an absolutely outstanding year of sport (forgetting English football’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign of course), with the highlight being our best Olympics on record at Rio 2016.
There will inevitably be the debate on whether Andy Murray should win or not because he’s not seen as much of a ‘personality’, but the awards are really about sporting achievement, and Murray has to be the favourite because of the year he has had.
Another Wimbledon, an Olympic gold medal and number one in the world, in any other year it wouldn’t be feasible to give the award to anybody else.
But with our Olympians performing so well, and with Murray having won top prize twice already, there could be a vote for Mo Farah or Laura Kenny just to make sure the tennis ace doesn’t win it again as it seems unfair for him to win SPOTY three times.
Farah has written himself into athletics folklore with the double double he achieved in Rio, while Kenny is the most decorated female British Olympian in history. These are enormous achievements, and should be celebrated every bit as much as Murray’s unbelievable 2016.
Max Whitlock, Adam Peaty and Kate Richardson-Walsh have been wonders for their sports, so I would love one of those to get up into the top three, but whenever you are in an Olympic year, it is usually extremely competitive.
When you consider that Sir Bradley Wiggins isn’t even on the list, and that no rugby union players are there despite the outstanding year England have enjoyed, it shows how good 2016 has been.
It must have been difficult to even whittle it down to a shortlist.
Anyway, it’s up to you who you vote for, so we have listed all the contenders and their sport below:
Nicola Adams – Boxing
Gareth Bale – Football
Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon
Sophie Cristiansen – Equestrian
Kadeena Cox – Athletics/cycling
Mo Farah – Athletics
Jason Kenny – Cycling
Laura Kenny – Cycling
Andy Murray – Tennis
Adam Peaty – Swimming
Kate Richardson-Walsh – Hockey
Nick Skelton – Equestrian
Dame Sarah Storey – Cycling
Jamie Vardy – Football
Max Whitlock – Gymnastics
Danny Willett – Golf