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Superb eh that it's been such a great GB sporting year that US Open golf champion Mart Fitzpatick hasn't make the 6 person shortlist.

Except it is ...

Jessica Gadirova - Gymnastics

Beth Mead - Football

Eve Muirhead - Curling

Ben Stokes - Cricket

Ronnie O'Sullivan - Snooker

Jake Wightman - Athletics

 

Of course each individual there has had a great year in their sport but overall it is not a strong list. 

Whatever partial reasons for Fitzpatrick's exclusion such as alleged BBC bias against golf or possibly making sure that it's a 3-3 gender split in what nowadays is only a list of 6, IMO it is an absolute disgrace.

The only real question to my mind is how many of the shortlist are less deserving than Matt.



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indiana wrote:

Superb eh that it's been such a great GB sporting year that US Open golf champion Mart Fitzpatick hasn't make the 6 person shortlist.

Except it is ...

Jessica Gadirova - Gymnastics

Beth Mead - Football

Eve Muirhead - Curling

Ben Stokes - Cricket

Ronnie O'Sullivan - Snooker

Jake Wightman - Athletics

 

Of course each individual there has had a great year in their sport but overall it is not a strong list. 

Whatever partial reasons for Fitzpatrick's exclusion such as alleged BBC bias against golf or possibly making sure that it's a 3-3 gender split in what nowadays is only a list of 6, IMO it is an absolute disgrace.

The only real question to my mind is how many of the shortlist are less deserving than Matt.


 I agree a very weak list. Maybe Matt didnt somehow hit the personality stakes ? And what about Cam? I thought he might be on a long shortlist for Wimbledon semis? 



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indiana wrote:

Superb eh that it's been such a great GB sporting year that US Open golf champion Mart Fitzpatick hasn't make the 6 person shortlist.

Except it is ...

Jessica Gadirova - Gymnastics

Beth Mead - Football

Eve Muirhead - Curling

Ben Stokes - Cricket

Ronnie O'Sullivan - Snooker

Jake Wightman - Athletics

 

Of course each individual there has had a great year in their sport but overall it is not a strong list. 

Whatever partial reasons for Fitzpatrick's exclusion such as alleged BBC bias against golf or possibly making sure that it's a 3-3 gender split in what nowadays is only a list of 6, IMO it is an absolute disgrace.

The only real question to my mind is how many of the shortlist are less deserving than Matt.


 I agree a very weak list. Maybe Matt didnt somehow hit the personality stakes ? And what about Cam? I thought he might be on a long shortlist for Wimbledon semis? 


 Or indeed Alfie 



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Sorry but neirher Cam or more particularly Alfie were anywhere on my radar.



-- Edited by indiana on Wednesday 21st of December 2022 12:21:45 PM

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indiana wrote:

Sorry but Alfie Hewett wasn't anywhere on my radar.


 Personality - thong is spoty is whatever you want it to be!?



-- Edited by JonH comes home on Wednesday 21st of December 2022 12:22:35 PM

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This programme has lost its prominence with the loss of TV rights and an attempt for equality and diversity.

Ben Proud was another mentioned who could have been added, but swimming coverage in the media is woeful.

Poor selection of candidates.
Beth Mead will win it easily

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This programme has lost its prominence with the loss of TV rights and an attempt for equality and diversity.

Ben Proud was another mentioned who could have been added, but swimming coverage in the media is woeful.

Poor selection of candidates.
Beth Mead will win it easily


 Is it a public vote? If so, Stokes will win it 



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Agree it is very much opinion but the 'personality' bit always can confuse folk.

The BBC have themselves tried to clarify in the past ( after many comments about folk's personalities ) that they aee their sporting personality award as much more linked to sporting standing and achievement than the wider interpretation of personality. And we know plenty of winners who have not had that wider aspect but have been great sporting personalities / achievers. This year's list anyway is hardly totally a singing / dancing list. The personality bit is a regular tangential bore.



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It is a public vote.

Yes, probably Stokes, maybe Mead, although I am not sure what the O'Sullivan backing will be


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Anyway Ben Stokes for me. What as captain, and performer at times, he has brought to the England test team and test cricket in general has been extraordinary, quite apart from being part of the T20 World Cup winning team.

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Anyway Ben Stokes for me. What as captain, and performer at times, he has brought to the England test team and test cricket in general has been extraordinary, quite apart from being part of the T20 World Cup winning team.


 Agreed for sure - the way theyve turned around English cricket this season is stunning and so entertaining in the process. Ticks all boxes 



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The 2023 list is announced and Alfie Hewett is on it, well deserved.

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality/67623729

The contenders are

Cricketer Stuart Broad,
jockey Frankie Dettori,
footballer Mary Earps,
wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett,
athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and
golfer Rory McIlroy

Not sure any inspire me more than ALfie, if it is a public vote, as usual, then Alfie is not one of the big names in the public eye, and maybe Broad or Frankie will win it. But all things being equal, ALfie should be up there

Tennis fans need to get behind him!!!

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Great recognition for Alfie.

Broad and Dettori are mainly there for career recognition, though Frankie has had an unexpectedly good season again too in his supposedly farewell season.

Don't shoot me folk but if I vote it will probably be for Frankie.



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That is probably the worst selection of athletes for a long long time.
Mary Earps is the big favourite with the bookies.

Look at the list
Mary Earps - runner up at World Cup
Stuart Broad - played in a drawn ashes series. Only on as he retired...
Francie Dettori - reasonable season. Only on as he retired...
Alfie Hewitt - not a high profile sport.
KJT - world champion Heptathlon again.
Rory McIlroy - did he win a big individual title? I know he was part of the Ryder Cup winning team.



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