Fantastic BBC Sports Personality Awards Evening Celebrates Paralympic Achievements
11 months ago
The hard work and dedication of British Paralympians was celebrated fantastically last night at the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, with several athletes recognised for their individual achievements and ParalympicsGB winning Team of the Year jointly with Team GB.
The British Paralympic Association would like to particularly congratulate swimmer Ellie Simmonds, cyclist Sarah Storey and wheelchair racer David Weir who were all nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award – the first time since Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was nominated in 2000 that a Paralympian has made the shortlist.
The BPA also congratulates swimmer Josef Craig, winner of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, and sitting volleyball player Martine Wright, winner of the Helen Rollason Award, for their much deserved honours.
A highlight of the evening was the recognition awarded to the full ParalympicsGB team for their achievements this year, winning 34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze medals at London 2012.
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the BPA, said today: "BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 was a fantastic celebration of our athletes' achievements in this exceptional year of sport.
“We had two athletes in the final three of the Young Sports Personality of the Year, and Josef Craig was a worthy winner of the award after producing such a stunning performance at the Games. Equally, we were delighted to see Martine Wright collect the Helen Rollason award after her journey to represent her country at a home Games.
"It is also right to thank Paralympic sports and support staff for their contribution to the incredible athletic performances that we saw on the field of play at London 2012."Tim Hollingsworth
“The evening was a wonderful recognition of the success of our athletes on the field of play but, as many of the athletes commented last night, it is also right to thank Paralympic sports and support staff for their contribution to the incredible athletic performances that we saw on the field of play at London 2012.
“The number of awards we have won, the Team of the Year recognition, getting three athletes on the shortlist and two of those finishing in the top six, and the incredibly level of public support that we have seen tonight from people picking up the phone to vote for our Paralympians – all of this demonstrates what a hugely positive impact London 2012 has had on perceptions of Paralympic sport and disabled people in general.”
The full results of the voting can be found on the BBC website: www.bbc.co.uk