If you enjoy watching sports on TV, 2012 has been MEGA!. From the Manchester City’s last gasp win to snatch the Premiership from bitter rivals Manchester United, Bradley Wiggins historic triumph in France to win the Tour, the multitude of magic moments from the Olympics and Andrew Murray’s winning his first grand slam after the emotional heartache of Wimbledon.
So many magic moments, how do you choose a winner for the sports personality of the year. Well it has to be done and tonight is the night. The nominees were
- Andy Murray – (US Open Champion, Olympic Gold [Tennis])
- Bradley Wiggins – (Tour De France winner, Olympic Gold [Cycling])
- Ben Ainslie – (Olympic Gold[Sailing])
- Chris Hoy – (Olympic Gold [Cycling])
- David Weir – (Paralympic Gold[Wheelchair Racing])
- Ellie Simmons – (Paralympic Gold [Swimming])
- Jessica Ennis – (Olympic Gold [Athletics])
- Katherine Granger - (Olympic Gold [Rowing])
- Mo Farah - (Olympic Gold [Athletics])
- Nicola Adams - (Olympic Gold [Boxing])
- Roy McIlroy – (PGA Championship 2012 Winner, Ryder Cup 2012)
- Sarah Storey – (Paralympic Gold [Cycling])
The show as expected was heaving with sporting celebs, the great, the good, the okay and the not so good. It was also heaving with nostalgia as we were taken back through the glory days of 2012, ably assisted by mini montages of all the great moments. I have to say no one does montages better than the BBC. My favorite was from ‘Super Saturday’ the day Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah came good winning three golds in the space of 46 golden minutes
Other great moments were the audience doing the Poznan, when Vincent Company and Sergio Aguero came one, that was brilliant. The award to Martine Wright, a victim of the 7/7 bombing who went on to represent the UK in sitting volleyball at the Paralympics was special, as was the segment with Fabrice Muamba.
It wasn’t all about celebrity honorable mention also goes out to Jim and Sue Haughton who won the unsung hero of the year award.
In other awards Team GB and Paralympic GB won team of the year. Coach of the year went to Dave Brailsford, cycling GB supremo. Usain Bolt won overseas athlete of the year. Lifetime achievement went to Seb Coe.
Then it was all down to the big one. Drum roll and the third place went to…. Andy Murray (shame I really wanted Andy to win, the Wimbledon Final, The Olympic Gold and the US Open were incredible achievements).
Second place went to the Golden Girl Jessica Ennis and the winner was….Bradley Wiggins. Congratulations sir, not my preferred choice but a deserved winner.
p.s. From reaction on Twitter it looks like Jessica Ennis’s well appointed dress has bagged her another honour – Rear of The Year.