for BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year announced
shortlist for BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year has been
announced today (Wednesday 26 November), with six contenders nominated
for the prestigious award.
year's nominees are Mark Williams, Joe
Calzaghe, Nicole Cooke, Hayley
Tullett, John Hartson and Gareth
the second year running, the title will be decided by viewers' votes,
following the success of last year's trial, with the winner announced
at a ceremony at Broadcasting House, Cardiff, on 8 December.
Williams, Joe Calzaghe and Nicole Cooke have been selected for the
shortlist for the second year running, with boxer Calzaghe given
the opportunity to become one of only three people to win the trophy
twice, after being awarded the title in 2001.
next week, BBC 2W's Sport Extra will be profiling
the shortlist for the award. (1-5 December, BBC 2W, 9.40pm)
snooker player Mark Williams picked up a hat trick of titles in
the same season as he beat Ken Doherty to win the UK Championship,
Stephen Hendry for the B&H Masters title and picked up a second
world crown, again at the expense of Doherty.
returning to the number one spot, he became only the second player
after Ray Reardon to regain his place at the top of the world rankings,
thus confirming his status as one of snooker's greatest champions.
Calzaghe, the WBO super-middleweight champion from Newbridge, has
now defended his title 13 times since taking the belt from Chris
Eubank in 1997, making him the longest reigning and most successful
current British world champion.
retained his title for the thirteenth time in a devastating match
against two-time WBA champion Byron Mitchell.
came from behind to record the second round defeat, which leaves
him just two successful title defences short of Eubank's British
record of 15.
world-beating teenage cyclist Nicole Cooke, from Wick, Vale of Glamorgan,
has her eyes on the Olympics following World Cup series victory
secured the series at the Nürnberg meeting in Germany in August,
making her the youngest ever winner of the Cup, and the first Briton
to achieve the honour.
achievement was all the more remarkable after two heavy falls in
May and June.
athlete Hayley Tullett was on the verge of quitting the sport if
she performed badly at this year's World Athletics Championships.
she scooped a bronze medal in the 1500 metres and also recorded
a personal best of 3 minutes 59.95 seconds in the discipline.
football hero John Hartson played a crucial part in the Wales football
squad this year.
a disappointing end to their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, the
Celtic player gave consistently solid performances in the initial
games, taking Wales to the top of their group.
was also a key player in both Celtic's Uefa Cup and Scottish Premier
League campaigns, despite falling to FC Porto and Rangers respectively
at the final hurdle.
rugby player Gareth Thomas has enjoyed a hugely successful season.
well as leading club side Bridgend to their first Welsh Premiership
title, he made a total of 11 appearances for the Welsh national
took the role of vice captain for Wales during the World Cup, delivering
a succession of excellent performances, particularly against New
Zealand as Wales scored a record 37 points.
has won a total of 72 caps for his country, playing as inside-centre,
outside-centre, wing and full-back, and his haul of 32 tries leaves
him just one short of Ieuan Evans' Wales record of 33.
Geraint Rowlands sees the awards evening as an excellent chance
to celebrate a year in Welsh sport.
been an extremely interesting and competitive year for Welsh sport
with many highs and lows.
of our leading sports personalities have been at the forefront of
the nation's success stories and it is therefore very timely that
this year's winner will again be selected totally by the Welsh nation.
very much hope that the evening will reflect the very best of Welsh
sporting achievement as well as being a momentous event in its own
can vote by telephone on 09013 32 32 30 (calls cost 10p) from today,
but will also be able to text on the night on 07786 20 12 12 (standard
network charges apply).
satellite viewers will also be able to vote interactively on the
night by pressing the red button while the programme is on air.
Best Team, Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman will also be named.
There will be a special tribute to one person who has made a Lifetime
Contribution to Welsh sport, and for the first time an Unsung Hero
will be honoured.
takes top honour in public vote (14.01.03)
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