All entries for Tuesday 28 November 2006
November 28, 2006
The voting is now open for RaW Sport Personality of the Year. To cast your vote simply go to http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/spoy. Voting will be open until midnight on Tuesday 5th December and the results will be revealed RaW Sport Review of the Year on the 6th. Here is the full list of nominees:
1) Darren Clarke
A top performer in this years Ryder Cup, Clarke contributed three points from three matches to help Europe to victory. Clarke made himself available for selection for the tournament despite the death of his wife only a month previous and was picked as a wild card by European captain Ian Woosnam.
2) Zara Phillips
The current Eventing World Champion, Zara Phillips won individual gold and team silver at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany with her horse Toytown.
3) Andrew Murray
During 2006 Andy Murray has gone from strength to strength beating the likes of Andy Roddick and Leyton Hewitt on the way to claiming his first ATP Tour title at the SAP open. Perhaps even more impressively he also managed to end Roger Federer’s 55 match unbeaten run in North America. He is currently number 17 in the world rankings
4) Beth Tweddle
2006 was a brilliant year for Tweddle who became Britain most decorated gymnast of all time after winning the uneven bars event in both the European and World Championships.
5) Monty Panesar
Putting the spin back into English cricket, Panesar hit the headlines with an exceptional performance against Pakistan over the summer in which he took three wickets in the first innings. He will be hoping to have as greater impact in the Ashes over the coming weeks.
6) Steven Gerrard
Gerrard was the central performer in what has been called the greatest FA Cup final of modern times. His stunning last minute equaliser for Liverpool summed up a truely heroic performance by the England midfield man.
7) Beanie the Horse
The only horse to feature in the RaW Sport Personality of the Year nominations, Beanie has been central to Manchester City’s amazing home form this season. Owned by manager Stuart Pearce’s daughter, and working mainly in a mascot capacity, Beanie has ensured that City have yet to lose at home this season and have conceeded only one goal.
8) Jenson Button
After years of near misses, Jenson finally took his maiden Grand Prix win in Hungary this year. Whilst early form was nothing short of appalling it all came good for Jenson and for Honda later in the season with a further podium in Brazil and fourth place finishes in Japan, China and Germany.
9) Nicole Cooke
On August 1st 2006, Cooke was unveiled as the UCI’s world number one women’s road cyclist and on September 3rd 2006 secured the Women’s World Cup, with a race in hand. In a highly successful year she was also the winner of the 2006 Grande Boucle – the women’s version of the Tour de France – and five other major competitons.
10) David Walliams
Comic David Walliams swam the English Channel for BBC Sport Relief. His time of 10 hours and 34 minutes laced his effort within the top 50 recorded times for an unaided Channel crossing – he also raised over £1,000,000 in donations in he process.
11) Shelley Rudman
Rudman won asilver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in the skeleton bob to become the only British athlete to win a medal the games.
12) Dean Macey
As a result of injuries Macey stopped training for 3 weeks prior to the Commonwealth Games decathlon. He then battled through to win the gold with a total of 8143 points.
13) Joe Calzaghe
In a sensational year Calzaghe became world champion in both the WBO and IBF Super Middleweight competitions. He is currently among the top ten boxers in the world for his weight.
14) Steve McLaren
Every day is an eventful day when you are Steve McLaren. Over the last year the current England boss has suffered consecutive 7-0 and 4-0 defeats whilst managing Middlesbrough and also been central to England’s amazing performance at this years World Cup. He also led England to defeat against Croatia in the recent Euro qualifiers, and developed an influencial new formation.