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Sports Personality Of The Year LIVE: Updates With Beth Mead Favourite To Win

20:44

Team of the Year…

One of the most coveted prizes of the night… here we go.

Got to be the Lionesses, hasn’t it?

20:38

Kevin Sinfield honoured with BBC Special award!

Having raised more than £7m for charity since his close friend’s diagnosis in 2019, Kevin Sinfield has been recognised with the BBC Special Award.

Rob Burrow’s former Leeds Rhinos team-mate is managing to hold it together here as he describes Burrow as ‘the most inspirational man in the country right now’

20:37

20:32

Standing ovation from every single person in the room as Rob Burrow emerges with his wife Lindsay and his close friend Kevin Sinfield. 

Moment of the night so far. 

20:28

HELEN ROLLASON AWARD – Rob Burrow

An inspiration to us all. Legend in every sense of the word. 

20:15

UNSUNG HERO – MIKE ALDEN

A pillar of his community football team.

Alden has battled with a brittle bone disease since the age of four and in his life he says he has has broken nearly every bone in his body.

But he loves football and has played it despite his condition in his childhood and he has since encouraged others to play by setting up Park Knowle FC, based in one of of Bristol’s most deprived areas.

He has been crowned as 2022’s Unsung Hero. Huge applause in the room.

“He puts everyone else before himself,” one Park Knowle player says in the montage being played.

Unsung hero award being given out now…

20:10

Mead opens up…

“It’s not something I thought would be possible of doing. I wouldn’t have played the football I did in the tournament without [my team-mates]. 

“When Lucy Bronze talks you listen! They are like a family away from home and when things haven’t been going so well they have supported me so much.@

20:09

Tear-jerker here as England Lioness Beth Mead opens up on her mum’s battle with ovarian cancer. 

Tonight’s SPOTY favourite now up on stage reflecting on a tricky last 12 months…

20:04

Huge applause for England’s Ellen White!

Big applause from the crowd at news of Ellen White’s pregnancy.

White, along with the rest of the victorious Lionesses, are on stage as they reflect on winning the Euros in the summer.

Surely this lot are secure to win Team of the Year?

19:56

BEN STOKES: ‘We’re trying to get Bazball cancelled! Brendan (McCullum) hates that term’

Safe to say England’s Test coach isn’t a fan of the nickname for the new era!

19:54

Another one of the main nominees BEN STOKES is not in attendance tonight – he’s dialling in via Zoom after landing back from Pakistan this morning. 

He’s earned a rest after that historic Test whitewash, no doubt about that…

19:51

Find someone who looks at you like Ronnie O’Sullivan looks at Gary Lineker…

19:48

England’s T20 World Cup winners are now suited up and on the stage… Jos Buttler on the microphone first.

Got to enjoy Player of the Tournament Sam Curran standing behind his captain and Gary Lineker having to tell him off and come into the spotlight! 

19:45

Such a tough decision, says member of judging panel

There has been lots of surprise at the omission of Matt Fitzpatrick after his US Open win but now one of the judging panellists for the main SPOTY gong has explained how tricky it was to narrow it down to six candidates. 

Denise Lewis, who won Olympic heptathlon gold in 2000, was part of the judging panel and told BBC SPORT: “I think this year, because it was such a phenomenal year of sport, made it difficult but I’m hoping everyone will recognise the achievements of the six who are there,” Lewis told me.

“We were round the table for a good while. The sport this year has been so strong, and unfortunately some people missed out.”

19:39

So, we’ve had Usain Bolt claim his Lifetime Achievement award and Jessica Gadirova win Young Sports Personality of the Year.

These awards still need giving out…

+ World Sport Star of the Year

+ Helen Rollason award

+ Unsung Hero

+ Coach of the Year

+ Team of the Year

+ Sports Personality of the Year

Jessica Gadriova poses with the Young Sports Personality of the year Award

19:37

Fastest Man on the Planet – one of a kind

“It’s an honour to be among the greats, like Pele. I want to thank my family and the fans. To get this award means a whole lot. I want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

UK music star Stormzy doing the narration on a montage of Bolt’s best moments.

He really was streets ahead of all of his rivals. An incredible athlete that set new levels for others to step up to.

“Let’s pause, reflect… Usain Bolt was a man in a time of his own”

19:32

Usain Bolt now ready to receive his lifetime achievement award

One of the greatest to ever do it. 

A true legend. 

19:26

More from Gadirova on her spectacular 2022

The 2022 Young Sports Personality of the Year winner said: “Obviously the year started with the Commonwealths, we did amazing to come away with a team gold. At the Europeans we achieved silver which helped us qualify for the Worlds.

“To be in the home crowd at Liverpool was such an incredible experience. The girls were just amazing. To come second in the team final was amazing. Then to top it all over achieving gold on the floor.

“I knew it was the last comp so I gave it all, blocked everything out and put the best performance out for Great Britain.

“Jennifer [Jessica’s sister] just means the world to me, we’ve grown up side by side. To be on the floor final with me just melts my heart. I couldn’t imagine not being there with her, I love you Jen.”

19:22

Let’s hear from the winner…

“I just want to say, thank you to my support team, my coaches, British Gymnastics and my friends and family. This goes to you. This means the world to me.”

19:21

WINNER IS – JESSICA GADIROVA

19:20

Young Sports Personality of the Year nominees are up on stage…

A reminder of the three nominees…

– Sky Brown (14)

Brown is the defending champion of this gong having claimed it unanimously after winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Her gold at Des Moines on the Dew Tour, where she put on a show to beat Olympic champion Sakura Yosozumi, remains a highlight of her 2022.

– Jessica Gadirova (18)

Also up for the main award, Gadirova has had a splendid 2022.

Winning floor gold on the final day of the World Championships was the crescendo of the gymnast’s 2022. She became only the fifth Brit ever to be an individual world gymnast champion. 

– Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (18)

Here stands the 2020 Young Sports Personality of the Year and having been beaten out by Brown last year, the diver is back hoping to reclaim her crown.

What a year too, having taken medals at all three of her major meets in 2022.

19:18

JESSICA GADIROVA TO THE BBC: Obviously it started with the Commonwealth Games and the girls did amazing, to come away with team gold was incredible. 

19:15

IN FOCUS – Jessica Gadirova

The gymnastics sensation is next in the spotlight…

The 18-year-old was a class apart out on the floor this year and she is in attendance tonight alongside her sister. She’s up for both the main and young SPOTY awards.

Hard to look past her landing at least one of them!

19:05

So, O’Sullivan isn’t there, he’s currently relaxing on Zoom while sat on a sofa.

‘The longevity has come from an enjoyment to play the game! In many ways, at my age I was more tired the last two world championships I won. Physically I didn’t feel I had it left in me. When I won it in 2012/2013 I thought I could go again for another 17 days. All those sorts of feelings just hit me at once (this year).’

Next in focus: Ronnie ‘the Rocket’ O’Sullivan

One of British sport’s greatest – and he’s never short of a quote or two!

18:57

Let’s hear from Eve Muirhead…

EVE MUIRHEAD SPEAKING TO BBC: Pyeongchang 2018 was one of the hardest Olympics, it was one of my favourites as well but coming fourth is never nice. On the back of qualifying for Beijing we did it the hard way. But I think as an individual, as a team, I learned so much there. 

Before I knew it we were standing on top of that podium with the gold medal! Without my team-mates I wouldn’t be standing here today. 

18:55

Golden curls!

What a moment earlier in the year!

18:52

Back to the Winter Olympics for the first feature of the night… some brilliant displays out in Beijing from Team GB. 

Few better than Eve Muirhead and the curling team that went on to win GOLD. It was GB’s first curling gold in 20 years. A brilliant story and a brilliant Olympian. 

She’s up for the main award revealed later this evening!

18:42

“Places, places, everybody!”

Minutes away from the ceremony getting underway now!

18:38

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Jake Wightman has a few fun stories to tell about his dad. They’re about the guy you didn’t see in that video which became famous in the summer.

His tales talk to the quirky creation of success. Or viewed another way, they play to the brilliant and stroppy dynamic of different apples of the same tree. Father and son. Coach and athlete. It was never meant to be easy.

‘Trust me, we have our moments,’ the younger Wightman tells Sportsmail. ‘The stuff we say to each other…’

FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

18:31

More stars hitting the red carpet!

Hannah Cockroft and Nathan Maguire pose on the red carpet

England cricket star Sam Curran and partner Isabella Symonds Willmott pose on the red carpet

BBC Sports Personality of the Year presenter Gary Lineker is all smiles ahead of the start of the ceremony

18:24

So, who is Mead up against for the main gong?

There are six nominees and following a public vote.

Here are the nominees…

– Jessica Gadirova

– Beth Mead

– Eve Muirhead

– Ben Stokes

– Ronnie O’Sullivan

– Jake Wightman

18:17

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sportsmail meets Beth Mead

DAVID COVERDALE: Bobby Moore, Paul Gascoigne, Michael Owen, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs. They are the only five footballers to have been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in the award’s 68-year history.

On Wednesday night, if the bookies are to be believed, Beth Mead is set to become No 6 and the first woman on that list of legends. 

‘They are not bad people to be alongside, are they?’ grins the Lioness over Zoom on Tuesday. ‘I would take that. I think I would die happy if I went alongside them.’

FULL INYERVIEW HERE.

18:12

Need a reminder of how 2021’s ceremony played out?

FULL RECAP HERE.

18:07

Red carpet is getting busier and busier!

Plenty of familiar faces have now arrived on the red carpet – with awards favourite Beth Mead having to hobble on through with her crutches. 

The Arsenal and England striker has suffered a serious ACL injury and cannot do without her crutches – even with all eyes locked on her for the main gong. 

She’s definitely styling it out, though…

Beth Mead poses on the red carpet with her crutches, after damaging her ACL

Rob Burrow poses on the red carpet with wife Lindsey and daughters Macey and Maya

Rebecca Adlington poses on the red carpet as sport’s biggest names arrive

England Rugby League Wheelchair team pose on the red carpet

18:02

Young Sports Personality of the Year – who is nominated?

The first thing to know here is that a panel had the agonising job of whittling down 10 youngsters to just three for the final shortlist.

The three to make the cut are:

– Sky Brown (14)

Brown is the defending champion of this gong having claimed it unanimously after winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Her gold at Des Moines on the Dew Tour, where she put on a show to beat Olympic champion Sakura Yosozumi, remains a highlight of her 2022.

– Jessica Gadirova (18)

Also up for the main award, Gadirova has had a splendid 2022.

Winning floor gold on the final day of the World Championships was the crescendo of the gymnast’s 2022. She became only the fifth Brit ever to be an individual world gymnast champion. 

– Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (18)

Here stands the 2020 Young Sports Personality of the Year and having been beaten out by Brown last year, the diver is back hoping to reclaim her crown.

What a year too, having taken medals at all three of her major meets in 2022.

The judging panel consisted of Euro 2022 winner Ellen White, Olympic champion gymnast Max Whitlock, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson and representatives from Blue Peter, BBC Sport and the Youth Sport Trust.

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix is one of three contenders for Young Sports Personality of the Year

17:52

Rosario’s Magic Man scoops world gong

And the other man to have sewn up his award before the ceremony gets underway – and he can be forgiven for not strolling down Salford Quays tonight to be there – is Argentina’s World Cup hero, Lionel Messi.

Messi has been crowned as the BBC’s World Sport Star of the Year.

It is awarded by a panel to the athlete who has achieved the most notable sporting success on the world stage during the course of the year.

Felicidades, Lionel!

17:45

A couple of the award winners have already been announced and one of those is legendary Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, who has swooped the Lifetime Achievement award.

FULL STORY HERE. 

17:38

What awards are up for grabs?

It’s a good question… well, along with the main Sports Personality of the Year award, there are:

+ World Sport Star of the Year

+ Helen Rollason award

+ Young Sports Personality of the Year

+ Unsung Hero

+ Coach of the Year

+ Team of the Year

+ Lifetime Achievement award

17:34

Put your glad rags on!

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of thee Year award!

Over the next few hours there will be a handful of awards handed out to the best of the best in the world of sport across the past 12 months. 

The glitzy awards ceremony in Salford will welcome some of sport’s highest achievers with Team of the Year and Coach of the Year also up for grabs, as well as the main gong.