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Sports Character contender: Kevin Sinfield

Sports Personality 2015 contender: Kevin Sinfield
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC A single, Radio five live, BBC Sport website.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He’s going to go down as 1 of the greatest rugby league players there is ever been” – Leeds boss Brian McDermott on former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield.

Sinfield, 35, is the newest contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December, as we concentrate on one particular of the 12 shortlisted nominees every single day.

Year in a nutshell

  • Completed his rugby league career on a high, featuring in Leeds Rhinos’ treble-securing Super League Grand Final win against Wigan
  • Only the fourth rugby league player to pass 4,000 career points
  • Former England captain spent practically two decades with the Rhinos
  • Stand-off has switched to union with Yorkshire Carnegie

What they say – Brian McDermott

“Kev’s created some huge sacrifices throughout his life and been the ultimate pro. He hasn’t done the nightclubs he hasn’t had the trappings of that social life that most juniors want.

“He’s been right here that lengthy, for the young fellas that have come in, it really is virtually like obtaining a coach on the field. It is like obtaining a guest speaker in almost, like you are receiving a motivational speaker.

“I’ve never ever identified a bloke who deflects praise and adulation as much as Kev and I am certain when folks are speaking about him, he’ll go blush red and say ‘Oh it really is not about me’.

“It’s bizarre he’s nominated as one of the sports personalities of the year, as its especially about him he can not deflect this a single. He’ll have to speak about himself, so very good luck with that.”

What you say

Paul Rainford: “The most productive captain in the game, an absolute gent, a correct specialist and the ideal function model.”

Nathan G: “It takes a special player to be an international captain but even more unique to win a domestic treble clean sweep.”

Elliott Charles: “Topped off by this year’s treble-winning season, Sinfield is one of rugby league’s greatest ever players, and a fantastic man also.”

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Sports Character contender: Jessica Ennis-Hill

Sports Personality 2015 contender: Jessica Ennis-Hill
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC One particular, Radio 5 reside, BBC Sport web site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday, 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“Jess is a supreme competitor but she’s well respected and admired by other athletes” – Denise Lewis, Sydney 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion, on Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Ennis-Hill, 29, is the most current contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December, as we concentrate on one particular of the 12 shortlisted nominees every single day.

Year in a nutshell

  • Won second planet heptathlon title – 13 months following giving birth to her 1st child
  • First key championships considering that winning gold at 2012 London Olympics
  • Only returned to training in autumn 2014
  • First multi-eventer to return from childbirth to win a planet title

What they say – Denise Lewis

“Although no-a single else had expectations, she had expectations for herself. She didn’t want to leave these championships without having a medal. It needed to occur to make all the sacrifices worth it.

“It was a leap into the unknown. She utilised to be at the top. The biggest adjustment she would have created, I consider, is realising that her body wasn’t going to carry out the way she wanted it to instantaneously. So she had to be patient, she had to give it time.

“One of her team-mates [Katarina Johnson-Thompson], her biggest rival, fell down in the extended jump, and Jess was there.

“Yes she’s focused, but the empathy that she exuded at that moment, that was planet class.”

What you say

Joshua Kleiman: “Jessica Ennis-Hill deserves to win Sports Personality of the Year. 13 months soon after providing birth, showing passion for athletics.”

Jasper56: “With the comeback she has had considering that becoming a mother… whatever the votes… Jess is a WINNER!!”

Terri Ritchie: “My vote goes to Jess Ennis for the amazing comeback as effectively as being an amazing function model for women’s sport.”

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Sports Character contender: Chris Froome

Sports Character 2015 contender: Chris Froome
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC A single, Radio five live, BBC Sport internet site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday, 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He has that true fight to get every thing out and give every thing to the finish line” – team-mate Geraint Thomas on cyclist Chris Froome.

Froome, 30, is the latest contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Character of the Year award on 20 December, as we focus on one particular of the 12 shortlisted nominees every day before the show.

Year in a nutshell

  • First British rider to win the Tour de France twice
  • Followed up 2013 triumph with yet another victory in gruelling 3-week occasion
  • Took each the overall title and the King of the Mountains classification
  • Shrugged off abuse, like getting spat at and having urine thrown more than him

What they say – Geraint Thomas

“On the massive days of a Tour, Froomey will talk to the group outlining what he desires. When you hear your team leader saying stuff like that, it brings you up.

“When Froomey is on the bike, he’s not so good any longer. You have to fight for your spot in the bunch and, specially when you get into the final stage of the race and the top couple of guys are left, you can see the fight in him.

“I never imply he’s going to punch [rival Nairo] Quintana or something like that, but that real fight to get every little thing out and give almost everything to the finish line.

“In the Tour of Spain a couple of years ago, he was coming back from injury and wasn’t most likely to win but he kept fighting every single single day and that sums up his attitude actually.”

What you say

Ben Wilson: “The man has won the hardest sporting occasion in the planet twice. A no-brainer for me. Chris Froome for #SPOTY.”

Andrew Harvey: “Initial British double Tour de France champion, plus 1st to win all round and mountains jerseys considering that Merckx in 1970.”

Larry Bird: “Won the most gruelling sporting occasion twice, showed dignity and class all through whilst becoming treated disgracefully.”

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Sports Personality contender: Adam Peaty

Sports Personality 2015 contender: Adam Peaty
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Coverage: BBC One particular, Radio five live, BBC Sport internet site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He wants to be breaking world records and does not want an simple ride at all” – Rebecca Adlington, double 2008 Olympic champion, on swimmer Adam Peaty.

Peaty, 20, is the initial contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Character of the Year on 20 December, as we concentrate on a single of the 12 shortlisted nominees every single day ahead of the show.

Year in a nutshell

  • World 100m breaststroke record at the British Championships
  • Gold in the 50m meant he was very first man to total 50m and 100m double at the World Swimming Championships
  • Also helped Excellent Britain win the mixed 4x100m medley relay gold in a planet record time in Kazan
  • Tipped to be the first British man for 28 years to win an Olympic swimming title, at Rio 2016

What they say – Rebecca Adlington

“He’s one particular of these individuals who challenges himself all the time, and that’s why he is so very good on a world stage. He desires to be breaking planet records and doesn’t want an easy ride at all.

“He just amazes every person, each step of the way. There are nonetheless little issues he can do – it really is actually scary to consider about how quick he could go.

“He has the ideal finish of anyone in the planet and that’s why he has these gold medals. Adam does not let the pressure get to him. He by no means provides up, he’s just got so considerably strength.

“Adam has got a heart of gold. He is so likeable, such a nice guy, with a fantastic sense of humour. He has not changed at all – he’s nonetheless the very same guy as he was 3 or four years ago.”

What you say

Thomas Brown: “It has to be Adam Peaty. Unprecedented GB triple planet champ & double world record holder with no group or technology to aid.”

Josephine Appleby: “Three Globe Championship gold medals and 3 planet records is why Adam Peaty will get my SPOTY vote this year.”

Jo Perryman: “Quite pleased to see Adam Peaty on the shortlist – what a fantastic year he’s had – brilliant what he’s carried out for swimming.”

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