Spoiled for choice: some 2017 British Sports Awards contenders

No-one said it would be easy. It is time to think about the winners of the SJA 2017 British Sports Awards, a head-scratching exercise for SJA members who will decide the Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Team of the Year.

To help, JON BATHAM has compiled a ‘long’ list of possible candidates to aid the decision process. This is merely a guide, in alphabetical order, and members are free to vote for anyone who is not on the list. After all, more contenders may emerge in the next few weeks.

The winners will be announced by SJA president Patrick Collins at a gala occasion, sponsored by the National Lottery, at the Pavilion at the Tower of London on Wednesday December 6. 

Our charity partner for the SJA2017 British Sports and British Sports Journalism awards is Alzheimer’s Society.

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Sportsman of the Year

Adam Peaty – Two gold medals at 2017 World Aquatics Championships
Aled Davies – Gold medals in the F42 shot put and discus for three consecutive para world championships
Anthony Joshua – Added WBA world heavyweight title to IBF belt
Chris Froome –  Fourth Tour de France and first Briton to win the Vuelta a España

DOUBLE DELIGHT: Chris Froome (Getty Images)

Harry Kane – Premier League Golden Boot and a key reason why Spurs finished second
James Anderson – The first England bowler to take 500 test wickets
Jonnie Peacock – Won his second world title in the T44 100m final at the world championships
Lewis Hamilton – Leading the F1 drivers’ championships attempting to win his fourth crown
Max Whitlock – First Briton to successfully defend world gymnastics title
Mo Farah – Successfully defended 10,000m world title at his final track championships
Moeen Ali – Inspirational as England beat South Africa and West Indies
Richard Whitehead – T42 200 metres gold at the para world championships
Tom Daley – Claimed the world 10m platform diving title eight years after his first

Sportswoman of the Year

Anya Shrubsole – England’s leading wicket taker in the women’s Cricket World Cup
Bianca Walkden – Successfully defended her taekwondo world title in South Korea
Georgina Hermitage – Smashed own world record on way to world para gold in the T37 400m
Hannah Cockcroft – Undefeated at major competitions. Trio of golds at world para champs
Hollie Arnold – Paralympic champion Arnold won F46 javelin world title with world record

GOAL-GETTER: Jodie Taylor (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Jodie Taylor – Golden boot winner at the 2017 Euros, hat-trick in England’s 6-0 victory over Scotland was the first by an English woman in a major football tournament
Johanna Konta – First British woman to reach a Wimbledon singles semi-final since 1978
Olivia Breen – Triumphant in the T38 long jump at the  2107 World Para-athletics Championships with a personal best of 4.81m
Sammi Kinghorn –  Gold medals in the 100m and 200m in T53 at the  para world championships
Sarah Bern – At 19 the youngest member of England’s Women’s World Cup rugby squad, she scored the try which set up a convincing semi final victory over France
Sophie Hahn – Broke her world record in the women’s T38 200m at the World Para-athletics Championships
Tammy Beaumont – The highest run scorer in the women’s Cricket World Cup and player of the tournament

Sports Team of the Year

British and Irish Lions rugby – The Lions battled back after defeat in the first test to draw the three match series against New Zealand All Blacks
England men’s rugby union team – Won the 2017 Six Nations for the second successive year and equalled New Zealand’s record for an unbeaten run
England U20’s men’s football – Beat Venezuela in the  world cup final to win a first global football title in any age group since 1966

SELFIE SMILES: World Cup winners (Getty Images)

England women’s cricket – World cup winners after a dramatic final against India in front of the biggest crowd to watch a women’s match in Britain
England women’s rugby – World Cup finalists for the fifth consecutive time 
Essex County Cricket Club – Won the Championship for the first time since 1992
Lincoln City Football Club – The first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter finals since 1914 and topped it with promotion to the Football League
4x100m men’s British relay squad – Won gold at the World Athletics Championships in a British record  37.47 seconds
4x200m men’s freestyle swimming – Successfully defended title at the 2017 World Aquatic Championships in Budapest

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