Skelton on BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

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Alcester's Nick Skelton is on the shortlist for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

OLYMPIC gold medalist Nick Skelton, who lives near Alcester, is on the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, it was announced last night, Monday.

The 58-year-old is one of 16 sportsmen and women up for the prestigious award.

A Facebook page set up by his son Dan after his gold medal win in Brazil in July urging public support for him to be nominated has since been liked by 28,500 people.

The winner will be decided by a public vote and will be announced at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on Sunday, 18th December.

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This Facebook page urging support for Nick Skelton to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year was set up in July by his son, race horse trainer Dan. It has been ‘liked by almost 29,000 people.

The shortlist is dominated by fellow members of Skelton’s Team GB Olympic and Paralympic team.

They are: Nicola Adams (boxing), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon), Sophie Christiansen (equestrian), Kadeena Cox (athletics/cycling), Mo Farah (athletics), Jason Kenny (cycling), Laura Kenny (cycling), Adam Peaty (swimming), Kate Richardson-Walsh (hockey), Dame Sarah Storey (cycling), and Max Whitlock (gymnastics).

Making up the shortlist are Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, world tennis number one Andy Murray,  US Masters winner David Willett, and Leicester City and England player Jamie Vardy.

See Thursday’s Stratford-upon-Avon Herald to find out how you can support Nick.