Monday saw the release of the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015, and as usual it was full of the biggest names in British sport.
As so is often the case, much of the attention has been focussed on the names missing from the list. It is impossible with a list of just 12 to satisfy the entire nation, but a couple of omissions have really got the nation grumbling. Here are our five unlucky Sports Personalities that didn’t quite make the cut.
We kick off with Tottenham’s golden boy. Harry Kane burst onto the scene out of nowhere at the start of the 2014/15 season. Having been at the club since the age of 11, he was given his chance a few months into the season and really made the most of it.
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He scored 31 goals in 51 appearances, on his way to winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award. After a rocky start, he has scored eight in 14 games this season and is a shining example for the advantages of a good youth system.
Surely the most outrageous omission is Joe Root. It defies belief that after an Ashes-winning summer (in which Root was man of the series), the World’s number one test batsman doesn’t make the shortlist. As well as a bit of part-time spin, Root scored 2,131 in 2015, the most ever by an England batsman in a calendar year.
He hardly lacks in the personality department either, the Yorkshireman is known and adored for his cheeky chappy demeanour and passion for life.
Only three women made the shortlist this year, and Rachel Atherton can count herself very unlucky that she hasn’t made the cut. The 27-year-old is both the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Champion and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill Champion.
Perhaps it’s down to the lack of exposure that Downhill biking receives on the world sporting scene that is to blame. Other than her medals, the Salisbury-born cyclist also became something of an internet sensation after a video of her overtaking 91 competitors in five minutes went viral.
Tai Woffinden surely suffers from a similar problem with lack of exposure. The Speedway rider became the first two-time British World Champion since 1962, as well as winning the British Championship.
The 25-year-old also raised over £100,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
With his goal on Saturday, Jamie Vardy broke the record for scoring in the most consecutive Premier League games (11). A feat made even more impressive when you consider the 28-year-old was playing in non-league football just four years ago.
A real rags to riches story, Vardy is also set to launch an academy, focussing specifically on uncovering more non-league hidden gems, and giving them their opportunity for success.
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