This year’s shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year includes three female cyclists – Dame Sarah Storey, Laura Kenny, and Kadeena Cox. The winner will be announced live, following a public vote, on Sunday December 18.
On a star studded list of just sixteen contenders across all sports – shortlisted by an expert panel – we feel women’s cycling has done pretty well. We will be catching up with some of the contenders to hear their views on being nominated in advance.
Here, Laura Kenny (nee Trott) tells us how she feels following her nomination and ahead of the big vote…
Words: Maria David
What is your reaction to your nomination?
It’s great. I just cycle, I don’t try and get those awards. I’ve never been to the SPOTY awards, and I’m looking forward to going.
What are your thoughts on having a number of women among the nominees?
Having Sarah (Storey) and Kadeena (Cox) in the nominees is great for cycling and also great for women’s sport. There’s loads of women up for it, and with the hockey team up for the team event it just goes to show that there are so many more women idols out there now.
Are there any other cyclists that you think could have been on the list?
I do think Chris Froome should have been included in the nominations, but because of how strong the Olympic squad was, that would make it hard to choose sixteen athletes. So for the panel to have to narrow it down was difficult anyway. And as it is, there are already four cyclists up for the awards so that makes quite a few cyclists already.
You have just won the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year (SWOTY) too. How does it feel to have become a household name?
It’s been great I had never even been nominated for a SWOTY either. It feels weird though as you don’t really do it for that. You do it because you want to win races. But if you can give back and inspire the next generation it’s something that is a great thing that comes with it.