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Sports Personality of the Year 2012: winning women

Don’t miss your chance to vote this Sunday, 16 December

Gemma Rose

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:10:01 GMT | Updated 4 years today

The annual Sports Personality of the Year is a brilliant way we recognise the achievements of our men and women in sport, and this year will be a cracker, especially after the Olympics making 2012 such a huge year for sport.


However, a movement is growing to tackle the poor coverage of women's sports, which only receives about 5% of all sports media coverage and just 0.5% of all commercial sponsorship, leaving some female sports under-funded and under-promoted and in the process discouraging women from taking part in sports at all.


At the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women's Sport and Fitness, DIVA favourite Clare Balding spoke out passionately about the need to focus more on women in sport. At the conference Clare made the case for "Imagery, information and investment - a three pronged approach to getting women's sport to catapult its way into the spotlight".


Last year, not a single woman made the list. This year's shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year is relatively fair with five women and seven men in the running. The Women's Sport Network, a voluntary organisation that publishes the TV listings for women's sport every week, is encouraging us to use our vote to support women in sport: "Don't forget that our Sports Heroines start from behind in voting as they just don't get the media coverage that men get. Use your vote as a vote for women in sport."


The last woman to win the award was Zara Phillips in 2006.


The five women nominated for Sports Personality of the Year 2012 are: Nicola Adams (boxing), Jessica Ennis (heptathlon), Katherine Grainger (rowing, pictured with rowing partner Anna Watkins), Ellie Simmonds (swimming) and Sarah Storey (cycling).


It's hard to choose but we reckon that on the night we'll be throwing our weight behind out boxing champ, Nicola, who recently made the number one spot in the Independent on Sunday's annual Pink List.


The voting for the main award will take place during the live show on BBC One and BBC One HD on Sunday 16 December and you will need to watch to get all the voting details.


Click here for more about the shortlist and the show.




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