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Sports Personality voting details
Sports Personality of the Year main award

The winner will be decided via a phone vote by the public during the live show from a shortlist of 10 contenders. The voting process will be independently verified.

We hope you take part in Sunday night's vote for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2007.

Terms and conditions

The public will be able to vote via the phone on a list of 10 contenders presented during the live show on Sunday 9th December 2007. The number to call for each contender will be revealed on the programme after 1900 GMT. You cannot vote via the BBC Sport website or by text.

Each phone vote costs 15p from a BT landline. Calls from mobile phones and other networks may be higher.

Voting is open to all UK residents.

The voting lines will open and close as specified on the programme, but they are likely to open a few minutes into the programme and will close after 2030, in time for the votes to be checked and verified before the end of the programme at 2100.

Please do not call before the lines open, or after the lines have closed, as your vote will not be counted, but you may still be charged. Please be aware voting times may change, see the programme for exact times.

Make sure you carefully dial only the number of the contender you wish to vote for.

Voters must obtain permission from the bill payer before voting.

In addition to the phone vote, members of the public who are part of the studio audience in the NEC on Sunday night will be able to cast their votes in a paper ballot at the venue and their votes will be added to the totals from the UK-wide phone vote.

The BBC reserves the right to cancel or suspend voting at any time.

The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any attempt to rig the voting.

The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

In the event of a technical failure or any other malfunction with the phone vote, the contingency arrangement is that the winner will be decided on the basis of the votes cast by the studio audience at the NEC, which has been subject to independent verification.

The winner will be announced live on the programme, and the full list of votes received by each contender will subsequently be available on the BBC Sports Personality website.

Definition of who is eligible for award

Voted for by the public live during the TV show, this prestigious award will be given to the sportsman or woman whose actions have most captured the public's imagination in 2007. Non-playing coaches or management are not eligible.

People are eligible to win Sports Personality of the Year if:- They are British or all three of the following criteria apply:

  • They play a significant amount of their sport in the UK
  • Their core achievements that year were achieved in the UK, and not with a non-UK based team (in which case they would more likely qualify for the Overseas award)
  • They are residents in the UK

    What was nomination process of contenders for final 10?

    The nominations were provided by a panel of over 30 leading sporting experts from a selection of newspaper sports editors (national and regional) and magazines. A Sports Personality judging panel comprising 12 sporting greats, including many former winners, also played a part.

    This process began on 9 November and ended on 23 November.

    The shortlist of 10 contenders was announced during 'The One Show' on 30 November and also appeared on the BBC Sports Personality website.

    OVERSEAS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

    To the foreign sportsman or woman who has made the greatest impression in the world of sport this year.
    (Includes all non-UK sportsmen and women who do not qualify for the Sports Personality of the Year award under its criteria.)

    A judging panel of 12 sporting greats will decide the winner by voting for their top 1-2-3.

    The judging panel will be given a review of the year by the Sports Personality production team which highlights the main contenders but they are still open to vote for anyone of their choice that fits the criteria.

    This review is sent out on 1 November, and the panel is given until 15 November to make its decision.

    Three points will be awarded for first place, two points for second, one point for third. The winner is the person with the most points. In the unlikely event of a tie, the person with the most first places will then be named the winner.

    Judging

    The judging panel consists of: Lord Sebastian Coe, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Trevor Brooking, Clare Balding, Alan Hansen, Greg Rusedski, Nick Faldo, David Coulthard, Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly Holmes, Jonathan Davies, Barry McGuigan

    The winner will be announced during the Sports Personality show, with details on the BBC website.

    COACH OF THE YEAR

    To the coach who has made the biggest impact in British sport.

    A judging panel of 12 sporting greats will decide the winner by voting for their top 1-2-3.

    The judging panel will be given a review of the year by the Sports Personality production team which highlights the main contenders but they are still open to vote for anyone of their choice that fits the criteria.

    This review will be sent out on 1 November and the panel will be given until 22 November to make its decision.

    Three points will be awarded for first place, two points for second place, one point for third place. The winner is the selection with the most points.

    In the unlikely event of a tie, the selection with the most first places will then be named the winner.

    Judging panel as above. More details on the BBC website.

    TEAM OF THE YEAR

    To the (British only) team that has achieved the most notable performance in British sport.

    Judging process as per Coach of the Year.

    The winner will be announced during the Sports Personality show, with details on the BBC website.

    YOUNG SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

    This will be awarded to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 16 or under on 1 January 2007, selected from nominations made to CBBC and the Youth Sport Trust.

    People are eligible to win the award if they are the right age and: They are British or all three of the following criteria:

  • They play a significant amount of their sport in the UK

  • Their core achievements that year were achieved in the UK, and not with a national team (in which case they would more likely qualify for the Overseas award)

  • They are residents in the UK

    A panel (including a member from Sportsround, Blue Peter, Steve Hocking, John Inverdale (chair), a leading figure from the Youth Sport Trust, plus former award winner Amy Spencer, choose 10 contenders on 1 November.

    The panel will reconvene about two weeks later to select the top three and the winner from the top 10.

    The top three and the winner will be selected by secret ballot and will be announced during the main Sports Personality show.

    The top 3 will be invited to the live event and the other seven contenders will be notified out of courtesy that they have not made the final shortlist.

    The winner will be announced on the show and the website.

    HELEN ROLLASON AWARD

    A special BBC award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.

    There is no vote. This is a BBC gift to choose this winner.

    Winner will be announced on the night and the website.

    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    The Lifetime Achievement award honours someone who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime.

    There is no vote. This is a BBC gift to choose this winner.

    SPORTS UNSUNG HERO AWARD supported by Robinsons

    To the individual who has given their time and talents for free to enable others to participate in sport. Fifteen winners from around the UK will compete for the overall award.

    All nominations must come from the public.

    No nominations by companies or organisations will be accepted.

    The closing date for nominations was Saturday 3 November, 2007.

    Nominees cannot nominate themselves - or be nominated by an immediate member of their family.

    Nominees must be 16 years or over on 1 January, 2007.

    Nominees must actively help others participate in sport at any level.

    They must do so on a voluntary basis - without any financial reward.

    It cannot be part of their job - it cannot take place within their normal workplace or facilities.

    They must not be a participant in the sporting group they are helping.

    The Sports Unsung Hero must be a single person.

    They cannot have won any previous BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award.

    Voting

    The public complete a nomination form. A judging panel (to include BBC regions and former winner Val Hanover) decide the winner from the 15 winners from the Nations and Regions.

    Bursary terms and conditions

    The 15 regional Sports Unsung Heroes have the chance to apply for a bursary of up to 2,500 each. These bursaries will operate as follows:

    The bursaries are intended materially to benefit and further the work each Unsung Hero has been doing to help sport in the community.

    It is up to each Unsung Hero to put together a proposal for how the money might best be spent.

    This proposal will be considered by a grant panel, which will assess the proposal and ensure that it is capable of demonstrating a measurable impact on the Unsung Hero's sporting work.

    Examples of things that the bursary might cover are sports equipment, construction/repair of facilities and/or court, pitch or venue hire.

    It is important to note that the bursaries cannot be used for administrative costs, social events, holidays, salaries or hospitality.

    Awards of bursaries are made at the grant panel's discretion, whose decision is final. The panel includes representatives from BBC Nations & Regions; Robinsons, who are supporting the bursaries; and the sporting community, plus a legal adviser.

    Once any bursary has been awarded, the Unsung Hero will need to be able to establish an appropriate audit trail to show how the money has been spent.

    He or she will generally be encouraged to arrange for invoices to be sent to the grant panel so that they can pay for goods direct. The panel's specific approval will be required for any items of expenditure for which this is not possible.

    The grant panel will also follow up on the success or otherwise of the bursaries and the Unsung Hero will be asked to report back both on how the money has been spent and the difference it has made.

    Bursaries will be awarded in good faith and with the expectation that nothing connected to the bursaries or recipients will bring the BBC or Robinsons into disrepute. The grant panel may withdraw a bursary or bursaries if this is not the case.

    Wherever possible. applications for bursaries should be submitted by Thursday 31 January 2008. No applications will be considered after Monday 24 November, 2008.

    The Unsung Hero will be announced live on the Sports Personality show, and will also appear on the website.

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