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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year needs a rethink

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It's safe to say that BBC Sports Personality of the Year, or SPOTY for short, is one of the most anticipated media events of the year and it brings friends and family together for a three-and-a-half-hour bonanza to celebrate a great year of British sport.

Many athletes in the last 60 years have described winning the award as topping off the sporting year in style and being voted to win by the public gives them a humbling feeling and reminds them that their accomplishments are being appreciated, not just for that year but for their whole career.

However, why is it that the winner of the award is the best sports 'personality' rather than the best sports 'person'? When I step back and look at it, the concept of BBC Sports Personality of the Year appears flawed when a dull Scotsman is named the winner. To this logic the name needs to be changed to BBC Sports Person of the Year.

Andy Murray capped off 2013, after winning the United States Open and Wimbledon, by being crowned Sports Personality of the Year. For many he deserved this honour, but others like myself were left confused to say the least.

Andy Murray, where do I start. He's a great tennis player who deserves what he gets however winning SPOTY is where I stop in my support of him. As the name suggests, SPOTY should be an award for the sports person with the most character, the man or woman who makes you sit on the edge of your seat every time they take to the microphone because you have no idea what they may say next, or that beautiful prose will come tumbling off their tongue.

Andy Murray is none of these things. When he takes to the microphone after a Grand Slam match the whole of Great Britain, and countless other nations, take to the kitchen to make a cup of tea because we all know what kind of drivel will spill from his Scottish brogue.

For example this was part of his speech when he won at Queen's last year, "Yeah...errr....I've worked very hard since the injury....errr...to get into the best shape possible...errr....I couldn't have done it without my team...errr...it's all down to them...errr". After that he came out with every sporting cliché in the book to do with winning a match and quite frankly it was a bore to listen to.

Is this REALLY the guy that we voted to win the award for having the best 'personality' in British sport?

When the BBC showed a video tape for each of the nominations for the 2013 award I almost cried. All but one athlete said exactly the same thing about winning and training and repeating the process. The only person that stood out to me as having an actual recognisable 'personality', was Yorkshires own Laura Cockcroft. She came across as bubbly, exuberant, clever and described succinctly the battles of being disabled and trying to make her way in the world. I was honestly surprised when her name wasn't called from the envelope as the winner!

What the BBC needs to understand is that by naming an awards ceremony 'Sports Personality of the Year', they make you assume, as the name suggests, that the winner will be the funniest and coolest person in sport that year, not a dry Scot.

A simple name change would solve all of this confusion and confirm that we are celebrating the person that the majority of viewers have voted as having the best sporting achievement in their opinion.

I have nothing against Andy Murray as a person but to me it makes no sense why he should win a personality award when his talents lie solely on the tennis court.


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