BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2016

Nick Skelton and  ‘Big Star’ Nominated for this top sport accolade and gets placed 3rd!

Join the Equus ‘Nominate Nick’ Campaign and make sure you vote for  Nick Skelton and ‘Big Star’ to win Sports Personality of The Year 2016. Set this date and time in your diary - Sunday 18th December – the programme starts at 6.40pm on BBC 1. So get texting and vote for these two outstanding Olympians when the lines open.   We will be !

16 contenders have been nominated for the prestigious main award, reflecting a dazzling year of sporting achievement over the past 12 months.

Gabby Logan, who announced the shortlist on BBC One last week, will present this year’s show alongside Gary Lineker and Clare Balding live on BBC One from 18.40pm on Sunday 18 December. The event will be held in front of a 12,000 strong crowd at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.

2016’s sporting highlights have included Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s huge success in Rio, Leicester City’s surprise Premier League title, England’s Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations, and Wales’s run to the semis of Euro 2016.

The shortlist was chosen by an industry panel, which included 2009 winner of the award Ryan Giggs, Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, sports presenter Ore Oduba, journalist Amy Lawrence and Chief Executive of UK Sport Liz Nicholl.

The full list of contenders, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

· Nicola Adams – Boxing

· Gareth Bale – Football

· Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon

· Sophie Christiansen – 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

Viewers can vote by phone or online on the evening of Sunday 18 December, with the number to call for each contender being revealed during the TV programme.