Elsewhere on this blog I've considered Chrissie Wellington to be the BBC's Sports Personality of the Decade in Waiting (see podcast here). Chrissie's got personality to burn and she's a 4 time World Champion. Yes, it's true that triathlon cannot rate with football in the national sporting consciousness - all but surely at the very least Alistair Brownlee could have made the list - he dominates in Olympic distance triathlon and will almost certainly take gold next year - he's the reining World Champion for a reason.
Here's the BBC listing ...
- Mark Cavendish
- Darren Clarke
- Alastair Cook
- Luke Donald
- Mo Farah
- Dai Greene
- Amir Khan
- Rory McIlroy
- Andy Murray
- Andrew Strauss
Lets forget the sexism and focus on pure performance - just how many world champions do you see on this list ? Here. There are 3 golfers & while I'm certainly triathlon biased there is a real and genuine debate as to if golf should even be considered a sport - a skill yes - but an athletic pursuit ? Check this entry from the Huffington Post : here. Golf a sport - like darts maybe ?
Looking for a UK female World Champion for Sports Personality of the Year ? Here's 8 amazing World Champions just from triathlon and duathlon ...
- Helen Jenkins, ITU World Champion, Beijing, September 2011
- Chrissie Wellington, Ironman World Champion, Kona, October 2011
- Katie Hewison, ITU Duathlon World Champion, Edinburgh, September 2011
- Rachel Joyce, ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion, November 2011
- Lesley Paterson, XTERRA World Championship, Maui, 2011
- Faye McClelland, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Female TRI-4, Beijing 2011
- Jane Egan, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Female TRI-1, Beijing 2011
- Charlotte Ellis, ITU World Champion Paratriathlon Female TRI-6, Beijing 2011
Check out Charlotte Edwards achevements here. Then there's a huge groundswell of support for Sarah Stevenson - World Champion in Tae Kwon Do and the Guardian's Sports Personality of the year read about Sarah here.
Contrast the Engand Woman's rugby team with the derided male performances of 2011. Maggie "The Machine" Alphonsi scored her 25th try for England in the outstanding 10-0 defeat of World Champions New Zealand in November 2011. Find out more about Maggie here and here. Engand's women went on to claim the series with 2 wins and a draw and hopes for the 2014 World Cup are bouyant. Kate Youde in the Independent sums up the problem and exactly why the BBC should have done better. "The profile of women's sport is a "chicken and egg" problem ..Women's rugby does not get the coverage, so people don't know about it, he says, and it is difficult to put it on a bigger stage at the moment to give it that profile." Sports Personality of the Year is that stage.