Women Miss Out on Sports Personality of the Year Nominations

By Abby Rugg

Nominations for Sports Personality of the Year 2011 have recently been announced and not one woman has been shortlisted for the top 10.

Widespread backlash has been sparked as a result of the controversial decision, as sports women around the UK have taken to Twitter to convey their anger and annoyance.

Nominees include: Mark Cavendish (cycling), Darren Clarke (golf), Alastair Cook (cricket), Luke Donald (golf), Mo Farah (athletics), Dai Greene (athletics), Amir Khan (boxing), Rory McIlroy (golf), Andy Murray (tennis), Andrew Strauss (cricket).

Some of the men in the list do deserve to be nominated. Darren Clarke and Alastair Cook are just two examples of great sportsmen.

But why was there no place for Chrissie Wellington, Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Adlington, third time European Champion gymnast Beth Tweddle, taekwondo World Champion 2011 Sarah Stevenson, World Champion rower Kath Grainger, Mary King or Hayley Turner?

UK tennis number one, Andy Murray, is a credit to our country, but he has not won a world major in the sport.

Swimmer Keri-Anne Payne is a world champion and so is her team mate Rebecca Adlington. So why have they been missed out of the top 10?

Adlington, in my opinion, is the role model we need and she needs to be recognised as one of the many successful and admirable female athletes in Great Britain.

Personally, I’d like to see the editors of Nuts and Zoo attempt 800m freestyle. Competing in that event takes stamina, determination and hard work. Winning it on an international level is something else.

I would have expected newspapers which follow sport themselves to nominate athletes for Sports Personality, such as The Racing Post.

It is disappointing to see that these publications have taken huge steps backwards. This year sports women have been just as successful, if not more so, than their male counterparts.

It’s sad to see that some great women in sport have not been recognised for Sports Personality of the Year. We need to celebrate the achievements of Great Britain’s female athletes.

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