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Sports Personality 2008
Liverpool Echo Arena, 14 December 2008



The Echo Arena in Liverpool

After two years in Birmingham, the 2008 Sports Personality Of The Year comes from Liverpool's Echo Arena

The SPOTY trophy

The contenders for the trophy come from the worlds of athletics, boxing, cycling, motorsport, sailing, swimming and tennis

Sir Bobby Charlton and wife Norma

Among the first to arrive is Man Utd and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton who will pick up the Lifetime Achievement award

Sir Steve Redgrave arrives

Arguably the greatest Olympian ever, rower Sir Steve Redgrave shows his support for the award which he won in 2000

American athlete Michael Johnson

BBC pundit and 400m record holder Michael Johnson also joins the list of sporting legends who attend the event

Holmes poses for photos

Most famous for her two gold medals at the Athens Olympics, the 2004 SPOTY Dame Kelly Holmes makes an appearance

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson makes her entrance

With an impressive 11 Paralympic golds to her name, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson further bolsters the VIP presence at the Arena

Woodward and wife Jane

Sir Clive Woodward, the British Olympic Association's director of elite performance, arrives after a very successful summer in Beijing

Hatton arrives at the arena

Having lost only one fight in his career, light-welterweight boxer Ricky Hatton poses for photos ahead of the ceremony

DeGale and Price pose for photos

From the same sport, James DeGale and David Price find themselves in front of the cameras again after winning medals at the Olympics

Pendleton makes her entrance

Despite winning an Olympic cycling gold, Victoria Pendleton misses out on the Sports Personality shortlist to the surprise of many

Athlete Kelly Sotherton

Kelly Sotherton, Great Britain's top heptathlete, went to the Olympics as one of the favourites but eventually finished out of the medals

Simmonds collects her award

The first award of the evening goes to Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds who is named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

Hignell receives his award from Woodward

Recently retired BBC Radio 5 Live rugby commentator Alastair Hignell, who is battling multiple sclerosis, is handed the Helen Rollason Award

An emotional Ben Geyser receives his award

Hailing from Dorchester, veteran amateur boxing coach and fundraiser Ben Geyser is presented with the Unsung Hero Award

Jack Charlton presents brother Bobby with the Lifetime Achievement award

Sir Bobby Charlton, England's all-time leading scorer, is presented with the Lifetime Achievement award by his older brother Jack

Team GB cycling coach David Brailsford with Dame Kelly Holmes

It is a good night for cycling with David Brailsford winning the Coach of the Year honour, presented by Dame Kelly Holmes

Chris Hoy

Scottish cyclist Chris Hoy, who won three golds in Beijing Olympics, celebrates winning the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Lewis Hamilton, Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington

Hoy beat Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington to the award




see also
Hoy named BBC Sports Personality
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
GB cycling team secure BBC double
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Simmonds named Young Personality
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
BBC award for commentator Hignell
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Charlton given BBC Lifetime award
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Boxing club hero wins Unsung 2008
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
BBC Sports Personality 2008 as it happened
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality


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