Peacock gets SPOTY nod while three Paralympians up for young award
Double Paralympic champion and two-time world champion Jonnie Peacock MBE has been nominated for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Peacock, who won his second consecutive Paralympic title at Rio 2016, added another gold to his collection at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships and went to become the first disabled contestant on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The 24-year-old announced himself on the world stage at London 2012 where he claimed T44 gold and defended his title four years later.
At this year’s World Championships Peacock overcame serious cramp to claim world gold in a time of 10.75.
“It’s the biggest honour to be nominated. The stature of people that get nominated means it’s the biggest award you can get as a sportsperson.
“I’ve put a lot of hard work in over the last few years and made a lot of hard choices and that has come off.
“It’s really nice to be rewarded. 2017 was an amazing year for me in athletics. I had a bit of cramp for the final and standing on that start line for the World Champs this year I genuinely thought I was going to tear a hamstring.
“I cramped up in the call room and my hamstring completely seized and I genuinely thought that I was in the best shape of my life but that I was going to take two steps and cramp.
“When I crossed that line it was probably as good as London 2012 because it was harder so it’s a dream to be among the amazing athletes that are nominated.”
There are more nominations for Britain’s para sports stars in the Young Sports Personality of the year with Kare Adenegan, Millie Knight, and Jess Stretton among the ten nominees.
Adenegan, 16, won three medals in Rio and repeated the trick at London 2017 with silver in the T34 100mm and bronze medals in the 400m and 800m.
Stretton meanwhile maintained her gold-medal winning form from Rio 2016 and claimed double gold at the World Para Archery Championships in Beijing.
A W1 pairs gold came first with John Cavanagh followed by victory in an all British affair when Stretton edged out Jo Firth in the individual competition.
And Knight, who is currently preparing for next year’s PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, became Britain’s first-ever para skiing world champion with downhill gold earlier this year at the World Championships in Tarvisio.