Local support makes Jess Sheffield’s favourite for award

Favourites: Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis are contenders for Sports Personalty of the Year
Favourites: Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis are contenders for Sports Personalty of the Year
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GOLDEN girl Jessica Ennis is the Sports Personality of the Year according to The Star’s readers.

Ennis, who won the Olympic Games heptathlon title this summer in London, is one of the main contenders for the BBC’s Sports Personalty of the Year. But in an online poll on The Star’s website she is head and shoulders above nearest challenger Bradley Wiggins.

Bookmakers have installed Tour de France champion Wiggins as their favourite to follow fellow cyclist Mark Cavendish to the main prize when the result is announced next month in London.

Ennis is fourth favourite behind double-Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and US Open tennis champion Andy Murray.

When The Star went to press last night 26-year-old Ennis was ahead of Wiggins with 39 per cent of the vote.

Wiggins, who also won a gold in the time-trial in London, polled 23 per cent while Murray was third and Farah fourth.

Ennis has twice been third for the Sports Personality award - in 2009 she lost to Ryan Giggs and in 2010 jockey Tony McCoy was the winner.

The Star’s online poll should give an early indication of how the rest of the country will vote, though it is expected Jess will get lots of hometown support.

The main award will be chosen by public vote and announced at the Sports Personality of the Year show from London’s ExCeL centre on December 16.

Shortlist: Nicola Adams (boxing), Ben Ainslie (sailing), Jess Ennis (athletics), Mo Farah (athletics 5,000m and 10,000m), Katherine Grainger (rowing), Sir Chris Hoy (cycling), Rory McIlroy (golf), Andy Murray (tennis), Ellie Simmonds (Paralympic swimming), Sarah Storey (Paralympic cycling), David Weir (Paralympic athlete), Bradley Wiggins (cycling).

You can also email views to The Star newsdesk at news@thestar.co.uk, with StarSPOTYvote in the subject bar, tweet us at @SheffieldStar using #StarSPOTYvote, or leave a comment on The Star’s Facebook site at facebook.com/sheffieldstar.