SJA members can vote for their Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year, with online voting now open at sportsjournalists.co.uk.
The awards, sponsored by UK Sport, will be made at a glittering lunch staged in the City of London on November 26 when HRH the Princess Royal – a former winner of the Sportswoman of the Year award and now the President of the British Olympic Association – will be the guest of honour.
It is the 60th annual staging of the awards, the longest established of their sort in Britain, having begun shortly after London last staged the Olympic Games. Following British sporting successes in 2008, the organisers are expecting one of the most glittering awards events yet.
The SJA Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year awards are the most respected in sport because they are chosen from a ballot of the SJAâ€™s members, which includes many of the countryâ€™s top sports writers, broadcasters and photographers.
Front runners for the historic 2008 awards include triple gold medallist cyclist Chris Hoy, three times Olympic champion yachtsman Ben Ainslie, Rebecca Adlington, Britainâ€™s first woman Olympic swimming champion for 48 years, and last yearâ€™s SJA winners, F1 pacesetter Lewis Hamilton and sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton.
To vote, you must be a fully paid-up member of the SJA. The voting procedure requires you to select your top three sportsmen, sportswomen and teams of 2008 from Britain.
Other recent past winners of the awards include world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe and Princess Anne’s daughter and successor as European eventing champion Zara Phillips, and Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team (2006); Paula Radcliffe, Andrew Flintoff and the Ashes-winning cricket team (2005); and Matthew Pinsent, Kelly Holmes and the England cricket team in 2004.
Click here for a full listing of all past winners of the SJA’s British Sports Awards.
Voting is open for one month only, through until October 31.
Here are some of the potential contenders as 2008 winners to consider:
BEN AINSLIE Third gold in three Games, making him Britainâ€™s most successful Olympic sailor of all-time
TIM BRABANTS K1 canoeing 1,000m Olympic gold, followed next day by 500m bronze
JOE CALZAGHE, the SJAâ€™s Sportsman of the Year in 2006, this year he beat Bernard Hopkins to add the world light-heavyweight boxing title to his undisputed world super-middleweight crown. Unbeaten in 45 contests.
MARK CAVENDISH first Briton to win four stages of the Tour de France and one half of the Madison world champions with Bradley Wiggins
LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO led Wasps to rugbyâ€™s Premiership title, their fifth English title, in his final game before retiring after a career of 85 England caps, two World Cup Finals and three Lions tours
JAMES DEGALE Beijing Olympic middleweight boxing champion, Britainâ€™s first gold in the division for 40 years
RYAN GIGGS, pictured right, the most decorated player in British football history, he surpassed Bobby Charltonâ€™s record number of appearances for Manchester United in the season in which he won his 10th Premier League winnerâ€™s medal and second European Cup winnerâ€™s medal
PAUL GOODISON Laser yachting Olympic gold medallist
LEWIS HAMILTON, the SJAâ€™s Sportsman of the Year in 2007, winner of Grands Prix at Melbourne, Monaco, Silverstone and Hockenheim to lead the F1 world driversâ€™ championship at halfway
DAVID HAYE undisputed WBC, WBA, IBF world cruiserweight champion
CHRIS HOY Triple Olympic gold winner in cyclingâ€™s sprint, Keirin and team sprint, Britainâ€™s most successful Olympian at a single Games in 100 years
PAUL NICHOLLS, pictured left with Kauto Star. Nicholls trained the first three horses in Cheltenham Gold Cup (Denman, Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges)
RONNIE Oâ€™SULLIVAN snooker world champion for the third time
LIAM TANCOCK set 50m backstroke world record and won 100m back gold at world short course swimming championships
BRADLEY WIGGINS won double Beijing gold in cycling individual pursuit and team pursuit
REBECCA ADLINGTON won 400m and 800m freestyle, the latter in a world record, Britainâ€™s first woman Olympic swim gold since 1960
NICOLE COOKE Olympic cycling road race gold medallist
HEATHER FELL won Beijing silver medal in modern pentathlon at Olympic Games
CHRISTINE OHURUOGU 400m Olympic winner in Beijing, Britainâ€™s only athletics gold
KERI-ANNE PAYNE took silver medal in the first ever Olympic 10km open water swim
VICTORIA PENDLETON, pictured right between Joe Calzaghe and the 2007 SJA Sportsman of the Year Lewis Hamilton, added Olympic cycling sprint gold to her two 2008 world titles
SHANAZE READE retained title as BMX world champion
LAURA ROBSON Wimbledon girlsâ€™ singles champion
REBECCA ROMERO won an all-British final of cyclingâ€™s individual pursuit â€“ four years after winning a rowing silver in Athens
ELEANOR SIMMONDS the 13-year-old swimmer who won double gold at the Beijing Paralympics
HELEN TUCKER the surprise winner of triathlon world championship
MANCHESTER UNITED European champions for a third time
ROWING: COXLESS FOUR (Tom James, Steve Williams, Pete Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge), Olympic champions
ENGLAND WOMEN’S CRICKET TEAM retained Ashes in Australia
CYCLING: MENâ€™S TEAM SPRINT (Jason Kenny, Jamie Staff, Chris Hoy), Beijing gold medallists
WALES completed the Grand Slam to win the Six Nationsâ€™ rugby championship
CYCLING: WOMENâ€™S TEAM SPRINT (Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade), world champions
LEEDS RHINOS rugby league world club champions
CYCLING: TEAM PURSUIT (Paul Manning, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins), set world record in Olympic final to take Beijing gold to add to the world title they had won earlier in the year at Manchester
SAILING: YNGLING (Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb, Pippa Wilson), Olympic gold medallists, pictured in action
ZAC PURCHASE and MARK HUNTER lightweight double sculls gold medal-winners in Beijing
IAIN PERCY and ANDREW SIMPSON Star Class sailing winners of the Olympic gold medal in Beijing
CYCLING: WOMENâ€™S TEAM PURSUIT (Wendy Houvenaghel, Rebecca Romero, Jo Rowsell) world champions
GB ORIENTEERING TEAM relay world champions
(Note: For a vote to count for the Team award, the team you select needs to have competed together in a specific, identifiable competition)
Fuller profiles of some of the leading performers will be posted on this site in the coming weeks.
First posted September 30
*UK Sport is the longest standing lead sponsor of the Sports Journalistsâ€™ Association, with an association that goes back more than a decade, in which the agency supports the SJAâ€™s two prestigious annual awards events, including the presentation of a special UK Sport Award for excellence at the SJAâ€™s Annual Sports Awards.