Top Five contenders for the Sports Personality of the Year

The Sports Personality of the Year Awards take place on Sunday evening and it is sure to be special night at London’s ExCel Arena.

There are twelve possible candidates that would all be worthy winners of the top prize, but we are going to look at who we think are the five front-runners and say why they deserve to pick up the famous trophy.

#1 –Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour de France and a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics this year, so of course he is one of the favourites to win the award.

His determination and drive to be the best in the world at what he does is there for everyone to see and he really has made cycling one of the most popular sports in Britain right now.

Wiggins might not be the biggest fan of being in the limelight, but all eyes could be on him on Sunday evening.

#2 – Mo Farah

Who can forget those two magical evenings inside the Olympic Stadium when Farah deliver gold in the 5000m and 10,000m?

The noise was electric and Farah’s triumph will go down as one of the best in British athletics history.

Although he always had a chance of winning both of these events, even he could not have imagined just how successful 2012 would be.

The Mobot might be out in full force once again this weekend.

#3 – Jessica Ennis

She was the face of the London 2012 Games and came into the summer with a lot of pressure on her shoulders.

Wherever Jessica Ennis looked, there would be billboards of her and some might of cracked under such expectation.

Did Ennis? No, far from it, instead she went on to deliver Heptathlon gold in some style, blowing the rest of the field away.

The Sheffield-born athlete knew that this was her year, and she could be about to cap it off with one of British sport’s biggest prizes.

#4 – David Weir

It is not often that someone can win four Paralympic gold medals and only be classed as a big contender for the Sports Personality Award, but that is what David Weir is at the moment as the compeition is so high.

He is another man who delivered under pressure and gave everything he possibly could in his final race. Weir must have been running off empty, but the crowd helped him on and now he will go down as one of the most successful Paralympians ever.

#5 – Andy Murray

Although some might not have associated Andy Murray with an award that involved ‘personality’ in the past, 2012 was the year when he showed many just how passionate he is about what he does.

Murray bounced back from a devastating defeat in the Wimbledon final to deliver Olympic gold on the very same court he has just lost on only a month ago.

He then secured his first ever Grand Slam win in the US Open in September and showed he is one of the best tennis players in the world.

Not been a bad year to be British, has it?


Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.