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  Saturday, 25 November, 2000, 11:27 GMT
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Chris Chataway
Chris Chataway (left) winning the first award in 1954
Since its inception in 1954 the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year has been rewarding home-grown talent and international sporting achievement. The list of the recipients reads like a pantheon of sporting greats, as our potted history shows.

1. BBC's Sports Personality of the Year was created in 1954 by Sir Paul Fox, then editor of the magazine show Sportsview, and presenter Peter Dimmock.

2. Dimmock was the original presenter (1954-63). Frank Bough hosted the show for a record 18 years (1964-82) and Harry Carpenter co-presented during the 1970s and '80s. Desmond Lynam took over in 1983, to be joined by co-presenters Steve Ryder in 1987 and Sue Barker in 1994. Clare Balding, John Inverdale and Gary Lineker were all involved in 2000.

Torvill and Dean
Torvill and Dean have won team and individual prizes

3. The first recipient of the BBC Television Personality of The Year award in 1954 was sub-four minute mile runner Chris Chataway. Jonathan Edwards' win in 1995 was the 15th time a track and field athlete had received the accolade.

4. Only three people have won the award twice: Henry Cooper (1967 and 1970), Nigel Mansell (1986 and 1992) and Damon Hill (1994 and 1996).

5. In 1960, the first Overseas Personality of the Year award was picked up by Australian athlete Herb Elliott. The same year, the inaugural Team of the Year prize was presented to the Cooper Formula One Racing team.

6. Swimmer Anita Lonsbrough was the first female to win Personality of the Year in 1962.

Steve Redgrave took the prize in 2000
Steve Redgrave took the prize in 2000

7. Skating duo Torvill and Dean won Team of the Year twice (1982 and 1983) and Sports Personality of the Year once, in their golden year of 1984.

8. Bobby Moore, Nick Faldo, showjumper David Broome and Steve Redgrave are the only others to have collected the individual prize and been part of a winning Team of the Year.

9. Muhammad Ali has been named Overseas Personality of the Year a record three times (1973,74 and 78), and the resulting interviews were further proof as to why.

10. After athletics, with 15, motor racing has provided the most individual award winners, with seven. Boxing has thrown up four, cricket, football, tennis and ice skating three, with cycling, rowing and snooker providing one winner each.

11. The Team of the Year prize has been won three times by the British Lions (1971, 1974 and 1997) , the Ryder Cup Golf team (1985, 1987 and 1995) and the England Rugby Union team (1980, 1991 and 1993).

Ali and Cooper
Ali and Cooper have five awards between them

12. Discounting horses in victorious showjumping teams, the only non-human recipient of the Team award was Grand National winner Aldaniti, along with his rider Bob Champion, in 1981.

13. The West Indies Cricket Team won the Team prize in 1963, the only entirely overseas outfit to have done so.

14. The Overseas Personality of the Year for 1996 was shared for the first time, boxer Evander Holyfield and Olympic athlete Michael Johnson dividing the spoils.

15. The show is broadcast live from BBC Television Centre.

16. There has been a number of new awards introduced in recent years. In 1999 Jenny Pitman was the first recipient of the Helen Rollason Award, named after the former BBC sports presenter who died after a brave battle against cancer. Dean Macey was the inaugral winner of the Best Newcomer award in the same year. Jurgen Grobler was the coach of the year in 2000


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