Show your support at SPOTY for Jessica Ennis-Hill, Lizzie Armitstead and Kevin Sinfield
THEIR successes were such that they would enrich any sporting year. Heptathlon’s golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill back on top of the world a year after giving birth to her son Reggie; Lizzie Armitstead becoming cycling’s world champion 11 years after being persuaded to take up the sport during a school visit by Olympic talent-spotters and then Kevin Sinfield signing off from a glittering rugby league career by leading the unstoppable Leeds Rhinos to an unprecedented treble.
And these were the county’s competitors, all ultimate role models, who did make the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Others, like Ashes-winning tyro Joe Root, did not make the cut. Yet, with this prestigious show likely to be overshadowed, regrettably, by the presence of boxing bigot Tyson Fury, probably the most controversial nomination in the programme’s history, and the BBC’s unfathomable obsession with Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton (motor racing is one of the few events still shown by the Corporation), there is only one answer – vote Yorkshire.