After an incredible year for British sport, the Sports Journalists’ Association – a near-1,000-striong body of writers, broadcasters, photographers and editors – have agonised over the merits of Mo Farah, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins and Co for the men’s award, with Katherine Grainger and Nicola Adams doing battle with Jessica Ennis for the women’s title.
The winners will be revealed when SJA President Sir Michael Parkinson opens the glossy envelopes at tomorrow’s annual British Sports Awards lunch.
This year’s event is a 600-seat sell-out being staged in The Pavilion at the Tower of London, the event sponsored by the National Lottery, on whom so many British Olympians depend for their funding, and compered by Jim Rosenthal.
First staged in 1949, the SJA British Sports Awards is the oldest event of its kind in this country, and this year promises to be the most glittering and golden ever held.
The London Olympics and Paralympics were the highlights of a year which included a European Ryder Cup victory in America and Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.
Since 1963, the SJA has made an award to the year’s leading athlete with a disability. With so many candidates from the Paralympics there will be two awards this year – to the top Paralympic sportsman and sportswoman.
And, as usual, there will be awards recognising Exceptional Performance, Outstanding Contribution to Sport, International Newcomer and others presented.
If you can’t be there, results will be posted here on the SJA website from just before 4pm on Thursday.
Rights-free pictures will be available courtesy of Getty Images.
UPCOMING SJA EVENTS
Mon Mar 11: SJA British Sports Journalism Awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Entry forms will be available early in December.