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|BBC Sports Personality of the Year|
9 November 2006
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2006 will be decided on December 10th.
It would be a great boost for our sport if we had an equestrian in the top 10, and this year we have 2 World Champions who would both be worthy winners.
At just 25 years of age, Zara Phillips has won the Individual gold medal at the European Three-Day Championships and in September this year was crowned World Eventing Champion at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Bookmakers rate Zara Phillips amongst the leading candidates for the award along with golfer Darren Clarke, tennis player Andrew Murray, gymnast Beth Tweddle and cricketer Monty Panesar.
In September this year Paul Sidwell became the first ever British World Champion at the Single Horse Driving Championships in Italy. He competed as a self funded individual beating off 82 competitors from 22 countries. The British team also won the gold at the Championships.
For the first time, viewers will vote in a 2 stage process. Nominations are now being requested by the 15th November to draw up a short list of 10 contenders. The short-list will be announced on the 4th December ? 6 days before the live show where viewers will decide the eventual winner by telephone or text during the programme.
ACT NOW! - Nominations must be received by 15 November!
To nominate Zara Phillips or Paul Sidwell click here to go to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year website and enter you vote in the top right corner.