Athletes pose on the red carpet for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year with Beth Mead the favorite to win after Euros heroics

BRITAIN’S best athletes past and present stun on the red carpet ahead of the Sports Personality of the Year poll.

The big and good of the sporting world converged on Salford’s MediaCity to celebrate Britain’s achievements in 2022.

Snowboard star Aimee Fuller attended the Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony

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Snowboard star Aimee Fuller attended the Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremonyPhoto credit: Getty
Beth Mead walked to awards night on crutches

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Beth Mead walked to awards night on crutchesPhoto credit: © Karwai Tang
2012 runner-up Jessica Ennis-Hill rocked a light blue dress for SPOTY 2022

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2012 runner-up Jessica Ennis-Hill rocked a light blue dress for SPOTY 2022Credit: PA
MMA star Paddy Pimblett was flanked by partner Laura Gregory

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MMA star Paddy Pimblett was flanked by partner Laura GregoryCredit: PA
Gymnast twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova arrived together

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Gymnast twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova arrived togetherCredit: PA
Eve Muirhead is one of six nominees for her curling exploits

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Eve Muirhead is one of six nominees for her curling exploitsCredit: PA
Boxer Ricky Hatton came to his hometown for the event

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Boxer Ricky Hatton came to his hometown for the eventPhoto credit: Rex

And ahead of the BBC’s showcase celebration, the celebs introduced themselves upon arrival.

These included snowboarder Aimee Fuller, Olympic legend Jessica Ennis-Hill and contestant Eve Muirhead.

Jessica Gadirova, also nominated, was flanked on arrival by her twin sister Jennifer.

Jill Scott and Ellen White were among the members of England’s Euro-winning team in attendance – and they were followed by another candidate in Beth Mead.

Mead is currently on crutches after tearing her cruciate ligament last month – as did teammate Vivianne Miedema.

Ricky Hatton, Max Whitlock, Stephen Hendry, Rebecca Adlington and Paddy Pimblett were among the first to arrive.

Six nominees are hoping for the coveted annual award to succeed Emma Raducanu, who won the gong 12 months ago.

Mead is the clear favorite after helping England win the Euros.

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With six goals and five assists, the Arsenal forward has won both the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament awards.

Gymnast Jessica Gadirova, curling Muirhead, snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan, England cricket ace Ben Stokes and athlete Jake Wightman make up the rest of the elite list.

But golfer Matt Fitzpatrick has been controversially overlooked despite his US Open triumph earlier this year.

The ceremony was pushed back a few days from its usual date on the Sunday evening before Christmas due to the World Cup final.

Fans can watch SPOTY’s 69th year – hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott – on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 6.45pm.

Ellen White retired from football after winning the Euros

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Ellen White retired from football after winning the EurosPhoto credit: Getty
Jill Scott did the same and then became Queen of the Jungle

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Jill Scott did the same and then became Queen of the JunglePhoto credit: Getty
Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema is also currently on crutches

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Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema is also currently on crutchesPhoto credit: Getty
Former rugby league star Rob Burrows was joined by his family

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Former rugby league star Rob Burrows was joined by his familyPhoto credit: Getty
Gymnast Max Whitlock and wife Leah Hickton pose on the red carpet

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Gymnast Max Whitlock and wife Leah Hickton pose on the red carpetCredit: PA
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds opted for a dark green number

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Swimmer Ellie Simmonds opted for a dark green numberCredit: PA
Chris Hoy won the 2008 event following his cycling exploits in Beijing

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Chris Hoy won the 2008 event following his cycling exploits in BeijingCredit: PA
Stephen Hendry, the former snooker star, opted for a more casual look

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Stephen Hendry, the former snooker star, opted for a more casual lookCredit: PA

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