Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – Part One – Sports

Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – Part One – Sports

I think the answer is be be found in The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards!

For an award that has on occasions resembled a scraping of the sporting barrel, the shortlist for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year stands as heady testament to Britain’s sporting year of years.

Between them the decorated dozen chosen to be put to the public vote next month have this year alone gathered 20 Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, a first tennis Grand Slam title for 76 years and a first ever British winner of the Tour de France. The world’s best golfer, Rory McIlroy, is also on the list. It is a far cry from Greg Rudeski’s tour de force in 1997 when he was runner-up in the US Open or the cricketer David Steele – “the bank clerk who went to war” – winning in 1975.

Andy Murray, who won the US Open and Olympic gold, Bradley Wiggins, the Tour and Olympic gold, and Mo Farah, the popular star of two Super Saturdays over consecutive Olympic weekends, are favourites to win the award, which will be held in front of a sell-out audience of 15,000 in London’s Excel centre on 16 December.

The contenders:

Nicola Adams

The unassuming, thoroughly likeable 30-year-old from Leeds won the first Olympic women’s boxing gold when she upset the favourite Ren Cancan of China in the final.



Ben Ainslie

The ever-reliable Ainslie claimed one of Britain’s most predictable gold medals. It was the 35-year-old’s fourth consecutive Olympic triumph



Jessica Ennis

The face of the Games coped brilliantly with immense expectation to win hepathlon gold on the first Super Saturday. Now one of Britain’s most recognisable sports stars.


Mo Farah

It wasn’t just the two gold medals that the 29-year-old claimed, in the 5,000m and 10,000m, but the nerveless manner in which he won them that endured him to 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium and the nation at large


Katherine Grainger

One of the most popular wins within Team GB – Grainger took rowing gold after winning silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008. The Scot is a vocal campaigner for women’s sport


Sir Chris Hoy

Not his best Olympics but nevertheless he is now Britain’s greatest Olympian in terms of gold medals – the two in London took him to six as he bowed out of the Games on a high


Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irishman offers a reminder that there was sport outside London this year. Won his second major and topped the money list in Europe and the US – world No 1



Andy Murray

In any other year victory in the US Open – the first Grand Slam win by a Briton for 76 years – would have made Murray a shoo-in, especially when you add an Olympic gold medal and runner-up at Wimbledon.


Ellie Simmonds

She was only 17 but Britain’s highest-profile Paralympian coped admirably with the unique pressures of a home Games – won two golds, a silver and a bronze in the pool

Sarah Storey

After winning four cycling gold medals, the 35-year-old now lays claim to being considered Britain’s greatest Paralympian. Has 11 gold in total, the same as Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts

David Weir

Hit the form of his life to double the two gold he won in Beijing at the London Paralympics. Triumphed on the track in the 5000m, the 1500m and the 800m before adding the marathon on the last day


Bradley Wiggins

Has become perhaps Britain’s most admired sportsman. Became the first Briton to win the Tour de France and followed it with Olympic time trial gold. His sport may be reeling from the Armstrong fall-out, but here is a champion to have faith in

Sources of reference : The Independent 27th November 2012 and for the pictures from a number of areas! Many thanks.

“Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – part two” will follow in a few days.

Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – Part One – Sports – unless you have been living underground in caves over the last few months no doubt you will have an inkling of an idea of what has been going on! With our wonderful sportsmen and women it is amazing how some people can make such an impact on a society or network of people – have you anyone in mind!?

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7 Responses to Was it a very good year for Great Britain? – Part One – Sports

  1. Susan Cooper says:

    That was an interesting read. I am not much of a sports fan. Nevertheless I was fascinated by the differences between the US and Britain in regards to how we view and see sports figures. One thing we have in common is celebrating talent, sportsmanship and hard work to reach a goal. Thanks for an interesting post. :)))

  2. Bravo to GB…finally a Brit won a major in the tennis world. Andy Murray seems to be a classy guy and has been so close so often. I do not watch a lot of sports, but I prefer some of the Olympics as well as sports like tennis and golf…individual. It is always great to see a good competition no matter the winner.

  3. Dena-Lynn says:

    Well, it certainly seems to have been a good year in sports for Great Britain. Congratulations! I don’t regularly follow many sports outside of American Football so I welcomed this years Olympic Games to check in with the overall sports world. Great way to size it up here, John.

    Dena 😉

  4. I’d say it’s been rather an extraordinary year in the UK! There’s been much happening and many celebrations – and looking down your post here John, one feels proud of these dedicated sports personalities – it’s great to see this list and remember the moments I saw (and the one’s I didn’t) really well put together John. I think following their lead in business must be a winner!
    Jacs :)

    • John says:

      Hi Jacs
      Many thanks for your comments and I really appreciate the time you take out to do this. Yes we Brits are very proud of our sporting heroes! Cheer John

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