Devised by Paul Fox in 1954, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in an annual awards ceremony presented by the BBC. While originally featuring only one award, now the BBC Sports Personality of the Year also includes:
- Team of the Year
- Overseas Personality of the Year
- A Lifetime Achievement Award
- The Helen Rollason Award
- The Coach Award
- The Newcomer Award
- Young Sports Personality of the Year
- The Unsung Hero Award
During his tenure as editor of magazine show Sportsview, Paul Fox devised BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Held at the Savoy Hotel on 30 December 1954, the first ceremony featured in the Sportsview programme. Public voting was conducted by postcard and a total of 14,517 votes were cast. Ultimately, the inaugural award was given to long- and middle-distance runner Christopher Chataway, who beat Roger Bannister to the prize.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Winners
Here, we take a look at some of the most memorable and most important sporting greats to have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
1961 – Stirling Moss – Formula One
A member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Stirling Moss won 212 out of 529 races in which he participated. He is considered and described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship.” Despite missing out on World Championship success, Stirling Moss’ abilities led to successes against the odds. Key race victories include the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, in which his comparatively-underpowered Lotus won the race by a 3.6 second margin.
1966 – Bobby Moore – Football
Bobby Moore was the first footballer to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. For twenty-four years, he remained the only footballer to receive the award, until Paul Gasgoine was selected in 1990.