The wait is over. Time to put on those thinking caps and start the process of choosing winners for the SJA 2018 British Sports Awards.
Sportsman, sportswoman, sports team. Three categories, so many contenders, with the winners revealed on Thursday December 6 at a gala ceremony in London sponsored by the National Lottery.
The choice is, as ever, a wide one. Who would have thought that Britain would have three different cycling champions in Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates this year?
Then there is the immaculate Adam Peaty, the phenomenon that is Anthony Joshua, and lest we forget England’s men footballers didn’t do half bad at the FIFA World Cup this season. Golden boot Harry Kane?
Last year Hannah Cockroft was our sportswoman of the year, making history as the first disabled athlete to win the main prize. Could Sophie Hahn follow after her flurry of gold medals at Commonwealth Games and European Para-Athletics European championships? Dina Asher-Smith, Lizzie Yarnold, Vicky Holland might have a say about that.
As we bask in the afterglow of Europe’s amazing Ryder Cup triumph, it would be easy to forget our other prospective teams of the year. England women’s netball, we have already mentioned Gareth Southgate’s World Cup semi-finalists, the men’s GB relay European champions…
It is the SJA membership, a knowledgeable and professional association of sports journalists, who decides the winners of the longest-established sports awards in this country. As well as the three top prizes, presented by president Patrick Collins, there are many other awards recognising sporting excellence.
Members can vote for their one, two, three in each sportsman, sportswoman and team category. The form to submit your vote is below, the closing date is Thursday November 8.
Please do make sure you use your votes. Our awards are among the most prized by the nation’s elite athletes because they are chosen by you – the nation’s sports journalists.
And once you have cast your vote, we hope that you will join us at the awards ceremony. Members’ tickets are heavily discounted.
Having a problem about who to vote for? Here is a prompt list but please feel free to vote for your choice whether they are on this list or not.