The shortlist for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year award has been announced.
Sportspeople from a range of disciplines are included in the shortlist which is reflective of Wales’ success in a number of fields. It includes:
· Gareth Bale (Football)
· Elinor Barker (Cycling)
· Laura Deas (Skeleton bobsleigh)
· Menna Fitzpatrick (Skiing)
· Geraint Thomas (Cycling)
· Mark Williams (Snooker)
Voting opens on the 26th of November and the winner will be announced in a star-studded awards ceremony in the Celtic Manor on Tuesday 4 December.
The stellar list of previous winners of the award includes footballing legend Ryan Giggs, boxer Joe Calzaghe, Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Sarah Powell, Chief Executive of Sport Wales said: “It has been another outstanding year for Welsh sport with some truly remarkable performances on the international stage from individuals and teams and this is reflected in a really strong shortlist. I didn’t envy the panel having to select a final six from the many performances that captured the Welsh public’s imagination over the last 12 months and look forward to finding out who the public crown BBC Cymru Sports Personality of the Year at the awards.
“The Wales Sport Awards is an evening of celebration and a wonderful opportunity to thank those who have inspired and motivated us. Those who have worked tirelessly in their local communities to provide opportunities for people to enjoy sport stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have represented Wales at the highest level. Together they highlight just what sport brings to people in Wales.”
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Wales, said: “The unveiling of the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year is the highlight of the Wales Sport Awards, and an important opportunity for us to thank the people who have entertained and inspired us throughout the year. This is a rich shortlist and is reflective of an exceptional year of Welsh sport across a number of fields and I look forward to seeing the winner crowned next month.”
Other awards which will be given on the night include:
· Volunteer of the Year
· Community Coach of the Year
· The Inspiring Young Person award
· The Getting Wales Active award
· Organisation of the Year award
· BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero