Mills up for Welsh Sports Personality of the Year

Written by 28th November 2019 Awards, Featured-post, Team news

Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills has been shortlisted for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year award.

Mills is among eight Welsh sports stars put forward for the top gong. Her nomination follows a stellar 2019 season that included gold at the 470 World Championships with sailing partner Eilidh McIntyre as well as silver at the Tokyo 2020 test event.

The other athletes nominated are Para-athletics javelin thrower Hollie Arnold, cyclist Elinor Barker, Para-alpine skier Menna Fitzpatrick, Para-athletics shot putter Sabrina Fortune, Wales rugby union captain Alun Wyn Jones, taekwondo athlete Jade Jones and boxer Lauren Price.

RYA Cymru Wales chief executive Gerwyn Owen is urging the Welsh boating community to get behind Mills and vote for her to win the overall award in the face of some stiff competition.

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre celebrate victory in the 2019 470 World Championships. © Junichi Hirai/BULKHEAD magazine/470 Class

“Hannah has been one of the most successful sports people in Wales for a few years now and adding gold in Japan next year would make her the most successful ever British Olympic sailor,” said Owen.

“There is no question she is deserving of such an accolade as the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award, but that is only part of the story.

“People need to vote for her and in the year when she became a world champion I would urge the Welsh boating community to do just that.”

The winner will be revealed during the Wales Sport Awards at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on Tuesday December 10 after a public vote.

You will be able to vote by telephone or online for the nominee of your choice. Voting will open at 07:30 GMT on Monday December 2 and will close on 18:00 GMT on Sunday December 8.

Full details on how to vote will be available in English on bbc.co.uk/sportwales and in Welsh on bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw, as well as a full profile of each candidate.