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Sports Personality presenters

Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey
Gary, Sue and Jake will be the presenters on the night

The BBC's Sports Personality of the Year show began in 1954 with Peter Dimmock handed the honour of presenting.

Since then, nine other presenters have hosted one of television's showpiece annual events.

This year in Sheffield, Sue Barker and Gary Lineker are back at the helm, alongside Jake Humphrey, to guide you through another great night of entertainment.

Sue Barker

Sue, the former world number three tennis player, French Open champion and Wimbledon semi-finalist, started work as a sports broadcaster with Australia's Channel 7 in 1985.

She then joined BSB in 1990 and later moved to Sky Sports. Sue made her BBC Sport television debut co-presenting the evening highlights programme from Wimbledon '93 with Harry Carpenter.

Since then she has gained a wealth of experience presenting world-class competitions, including coverage of other major tennis tournaments, Summer and Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, the Grand National, the Derby and World and European Skating Championships.

Sue was also a regular host of hosted Grandstand and Sunday Grandstand, before she was installed as presenter of long-running quiz show A Question of Sport.

Among her many accolades are the 1998 TRIC award for Sports Presenter/Reporter of the Year and the 2001 Royal Television Society sports presenter award.

Sue began presenting Sports Personality in 1994.

Gary Lineker

Gary began his broadcasting career in earnest with BBC Radio Five's Gary Lineker's Football Night in 1992, and took over as the host of Sunday Sport on the re-launched Radio 5 Live in 1995 after ending his playing career in Japan.

His earliest stint as a television pundit with the BBC was during the 1986 World Cup Finals following England's elimination by Argentina.

Gary joined BBC Sport's TV team in 1995, appearing on Sportsnight, Football Focus and Match Of The Day.

He worked as a roving reporter during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. That year also saw him become the regular presenter of Football Focus within Grandstand.

Gary presented highlights programmes during Euro 96, and hosted both live and highlights coverage of the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. He has been presenting Match Of The Day since 1999 and was also a team captain on BBC One's hugely successful sports quiz They Think It's All Over.

In November 2005, Gary was unveiled as BBC Sport's main presenter for major golfing events such as The Open.

And this year the former England player will be presenting his tenth Sports Personality.

During his playing career, Gary was one of the best known and most widely admired soccer players in the world. He played for Leicester City, Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Japanese team Nagoya Grampus Eight.

In 80 appearances for England, his goal total of 48 for his country places him second on the all-time list behind Sir Bobby Charlton. During his spell at Barcelona he became fluent in Spanish and while at Nagoya Grampus Eight he learnt Japanese.

Jake Humphrey

In 2009 Jake Humphrey became the face of Formula One as the sport made it's much-heralded return to the BBC.

This year's Sports Personality will be Jake's second as presenter, following in the footsteps of his hero Des Lynam.

Jake was the youngest ever presenter to host the hat-trick of BBC Sport programmes Football Focus, Match Of The Day and Final Score.

He hosted action from the Beijing Olympics, Euro 2008 and the 2008 African Cup of Nations, and fronted the BBC's American football coverage.

Jake used to be a popular face on CBBC and presented a number of their flagship programmes, including Newsround, The Saturday Show and Fame Academy, plus the live Saturday morning show Sportsround, for which he covered the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

His career began at Norwich-based Anglia TV, where he started out as a runner before working his way up through the ranks to become a researcher. After he ended up presenting by accident, Jake was advised to make a showreel which led to him hosting a live daily sports show for TWI and eventually on to CBBC.

Jake's interests include cycling, music, reading autobiographies, cars and travelling while he also supports Norwich City.

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