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.
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.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6965527/athletes-red-carpet-bbc-sports-personality-year/ Athletes pose on the red carpet for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year with Beth Mead the favorite to win after Euros heroics