The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year is a televised sporting competition that features on BBC Two annually. First awarded in 1954, the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award is considered the most prestigious and coveted annual sport award in Wales. Organised by BBC Cymru Wales, as of 2002, the competition is open to public voting, rather than being restricted to predetermination by a panel of the organisers’ choosing.
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: Notable Winners
2018 – Geraint Thomas – Cycling
Winner of three world championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and one Tour de France (2018), Geraint Thomas is one of the leading names in cycling today.
2009 – Ryan Giggs – Football
With more accolades, honours and records than space to mention them here, Ryan Giggs is household name as a result of his successes at Manchester United Football Club.
2007 – Joe Calzaghe – Boxing
Holding a record of 46 wins, no losses or draws, Calzaghe is two-division unified world champion. Boasting one of the best records in boxing history, Calzaghe is counted as one of the best British boxers of all time.
1999 – Colin Jackson – Athletics
An Olympic silver medallist, two-time world champion, one-time World Indoor champion, undefeated at European championships in twelve years and two-time Commonwealth champion, Colin Jackson’s accolades include record-breaking in the 110 m hurdles and he remains at the 60 m hurdles world record holder.
1992 – Tanni Grey-Thompson – Wheelchair Racing
Born with spina bifida and a lifelong wheelchair user, Grey-Thompson is one of the UK’s most successful disabled athletes. Since a stellar career in athletics, Grey-Thompson has appeared on television and has been a baroness since 2010.
1980 – Duncan Evans – Golf
Duncan Evans rose to prominence in 1980 when he became the first Welshman to win golf’s Amateur Championship at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. In 2009, Evans was convicted for his part in a £3.5 million Value Added Tax scam, known as a missing trader fraud. During a life of luxury, Evans had purchased Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, Cheshire, a multimillion pound country mansion.