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Mel Clewlow

BBC South East Sports Awards: the winners

In a glittering ceremony held at Gillingham FC’s Priestfield Stadium on Monday evening, Mel Clewlow was revealed as the BBC South East Sports Personality of the Year.

BBC South East Sports Personality of the Year 2006 - the finalists

Click the links below for video profiles of each of this year's nominees.

Finalist 1: Mushtaq Ahmed [Sussex]

Mushtaq Ahmed

Mushtaq Ahmed is one of the world's top spin bowlers and his unflagging commitment, rare skill and sheer enthusiasm made him the country's leading wicket taker for the third time in four years. He played a leading role in helping Sussex not only win the County Championship but also the C&G Trophy, following a memorable final at Lords. The Pakistan test player has become a much-valued member of the Sussex team during one of the most successful periods of the club's history. It's obvious Mushtaq Ahmed loves his sport and the county's cricket fans certainly love him.

Watch our video profile of Mushtaq Ahmed, then cast your vote:
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Finalist 2: Charlotte Edwards [Kent]

Charlotte Edwards

It's been a whirlwind year for Charlotte Edwards. The 26-year-old was the natural choice to replace close friend Clare Connor as England captain when Clare retired from international cricket. Last winter's trip to India and Sri Lanka proved a steep learning curve and Charlotte guided England to an impressive one day series victory over India this summer. As captain of Kent, Charlotte ended Sussex's domination of the County Championship, guiding Kent to victory in each of their games to ensure their first County title for over a decade. Having made her international debut as a 16-year-old, Charlotte Edwards is now firmly established as one of the worlds top cricketers.     

Watch our video profile of Charlotte Edwards, then cast your vote:
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Finalist 3: Brent Sanchos [Kent]

Brent Sancho

Last spring Brent Sanchos' prospects appeared bleak - injury and loss of form saw him struggling to get into the Gillingham side and threatened his place in the Trinidad and Tobago squad. But the popular defender turned things around in dramatic fashion helping Gillingham to an eight-game unbeaten run toward the end of last season, which boosted his claim for a place in the World Cup finals. Brent played a major role in Germany as Trinidad and Tobago brought a real sense of style to the competition. Brent has recently recovered from another spell on the sidelines but is back in the Gillingham side and enjoying his football more than ever.    

Watch our video profile of Brent Sancho, then cast your vote:
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Finalist 4: Mel Clewlow [Kent]

Mel Clewlow

In a sport increasingly dominated by youth, Mel Clewlow is proof that there is no substitute for dedication, determination and experience. After a brief rest from international hockey, Mel returned in style helping England to a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and was a vital member of the team which finished seventh in the World Championships. Under Mel's captaincy, Canterbury finished as runners-up in the National League - their best ever finish. Canterbury then defied expectations by reaching the final of the European Club Champions Cup and were exceedingly unlucky not to pick up the National Indoor title. Thanks to Mel's example and influence, Canterbury continue to produce a host of outstanding young players and more success this season looks certain.   

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Finalist 5: Ryan Moore [Sussex]

Ryan Moore

For someone who only started riding seriously in his late teens, Ryan Moore's progress has been astonishing. This season, Ryan, who's only 23, became the youngest champion jockey for over 32 years, riding 182 winners. His guile and strength remind many experts of the legendary Lester Piggott. Ryan comes from a successful racing family and many of his winners this season have been trained by his father Gary. Ryan's success means that he's now in demand all over the racing world and it seems certain he'll break many more records in the years to come.

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