Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins, voted as BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 last night, taking the mantle from team mate, sprinting loon and the Secret Cyclists adopted pro rider Mark Cavendish. A cyclist winning the award two years on the bounce? We have arrived!
Congrats also to-
Dave Brailsford (Team Sky Manager and British Cycling boss) who won the 2012 SPOTY Coach award to add to his 2008 award after the British Cycling Beijing Olympics success.
Lord Sebastian Coe awarded the 2012 SPOTY Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his Olympic history as a competitor, Host City bid leader and overall man in charge for the success of the 2012 Summer Olympiad and Paralympics Games.
Martine Wright, 7/7 London bombing survivor and 2012 Sitting Volleyball Paralympian, recipient of the 2012 Helen Rollason Award, named in honour of the late BBC sports presenter. Helen fell victim to cancer in 1999 aged 43.
Josef Craig, winner of the 2012 Young SPOTY. Aged 15, James, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy was Team GB's youngest gold medallist at the Paralympics. he took his medal whilst setting a new World Record in the S7 400m freestyle final in the pool.
The Unsung Hero award went to Sue and Jim Houghton, who spent 25 years helping to turn a derelict sports ground into a much loved community facility.
Usain Bolt received the overseas award, mostly for achieving the double treble (Olympic Golds in the 100m individual, 200m individual and 100m sprint relays 2 games in succession) but also I suspect, for being an all round, entertaining Good Egg.
Team GB and Team Paralympics GB were jointly awarded the Team Of The Year award in recognition of their tremendous success at their home games.
The Team award has raised some eyebrows as, the ruls for eligibility for the team award seems to exclude Team GB. I say 'So What!' I know that Team Europe’s Ryder Cup performance during the Miracle at Medinah would, in all likelihood have won the award any other year, their misfortune was that their comeback against the USA happened in the same summer as London hosted a fantastic Olympic and Paralympics Games and our athletes performed so spectacularly. The BBC award the award and, as far as I am concerned, can bend the rules a little when extraordinary circumstances occur.
Bloody Well Done to all.