Women snubbed in the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

 

The lack of a female nominee for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award has come under fire from sportswomen and pundits.

Ten men are shortlisted, including England Cricket captain, Andrew Strauss, who is currently ranked 33rd in the International Cricket Council world batting rankings, and boxer, Amir Kahn.

Those on the shortlist were voted for by 27 sports editors from newspapers and magazines such as Zoo. This is the first all-male shortlist for the award since the voting system changed in 2006. The closest a woman came to making the final ten was world champion swimmer, Rebecca Adlington, who missed out on a nomination by just one vote. Other notable absentees include current 10km open-water swimmer, Keri-Anne Payne, and Ironman competitor, Chrissie Wellington, who are both current world champions in their respective fields.

It has not been a great year for female British athletes, which is one factor for the lack of recognition on the ballot papers. Last year’s shortlist included Jessica Ennis, who spent the majority of this season injured, and Amy Williams, who suffered a disappointing campaign with a high point of finishing third in the Skeleton at the European Championships.

The Manchester Evening News nominations have caused the most controversy by voting for out of form striker, Dimitar Berbatov, and retired footballer, Patrick Vieira.

The women who didn't make it...

Rebecca Adlington

Won 800m freestyle gold at the World Championships in Shanghai, China. The Mansfield-born swimmer also earned herself a silver in the 400m at the same event.

Keri-Anne Payne

Became the first British athlete to qualify for the London Olympics next year by winning gold in the 10km Open Water event in Shanghai.

Chrissie Wellington

The four-time Ironman World Champion won her latest title in October. The 34-year-old stated: "It's the hardest-fought victory of my career and definitely the one I'm most proud of."

Hayley Turner

Most noticeable for being the ‘pin-up’ girl of horse racing, the 22-year-old has had 81 winners this year making her the UK’s top female jockey.

Sarah Stevenson

The Doncaster-born martial artist won Taekwondo welterweight gold at the World Championships in Gyeongju, China earlier this year

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application Developer

£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Service Engineers - Doncaster / Hull

£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...

Recruitment Genius: Employability / Recruitment Adviser

£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...

Day In a Page

Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...