BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2013

Leigh Halfpenny shortlisted for BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2013

Leigh Halfpenny shortlisted for BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2013
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Five contenders have been shortlisted as BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2013.

The five nominees chosen by an expert panel are:

Footballer Gareth Bale, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid after scoring 26 goals for Tottenham during a season in which he was won numerous player of the year awards.

Paralympian Aled Sion Davies, who won two gold medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon in July, setting a new world record to win the F42 shot putt before one of the biggest throws of his life saw him win discus gold.

Rugby Union’s Leigh Halfpenny was man of the tournament as Wales retained the Six Nations and his performances in the British and Irish Lions’ series win in Australia were also widely recognised.

Cyclist Becky James won four medals at the World Track Cycling Championships, including sprint and keirin gold medals and later in the year became the British woman to be invited to ride in the lucrative Japanese keirin circuit.

Triathlete Non Stanford was crowned ITU World Champion with victory in the World Series Grand Final in London – only 12 months after she won the Under-23 title.

The winner will be revealed during the Wales Sport Awards, a new event in which BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales celebrate Welsh sporting success.

Taekwondo Olympic Gold medallist Jade Jones from Flint was the 2012 winner, and this year’s awards ceremony at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff, on Monday, 9 December will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport Wales website from 19:30 GMT.

The winner will also be revealed on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and appear later that evening on BBC Wales Today on BBC One Wales and Newyddion on S4C.

Other awards to be presented on the night include Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and BBC Cymru Wales’ Unsung Hero. award.

A review of the sporting year will be broadcast on BBC Wales television towards the end of 2013.

Voting opens at 08:00 GMT on Monday, 2 December 2013 and will close at 19:00 GMT on Saturday, 7 December 2013.

This vote is not connected with the UK Sports Personality of the Year and will be for the Wales award only.

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