Readers, since I’ve been following Sports Personality Of The Year, I’ve seen Ellie Simmonds win the Disabled Sports Personality Award and the Young Sports Personality Award. I’ve seen the amazing Tanni Grey Thompson presenting an award last year. Until now, however, I’ve never known a disabled sportsperson to be up for the mainstream award!
But in the world of disability, progress is like buses in the city of London. You wait ages for a real, significant piece of progress, and then three come along at once!
That’s right, readers, this year’s SPOTY shortlist includes no fewer than three Paralympians. In alphabetical order, they are: Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, and David Weir.
Same Difference wishes all three of them the very best of luck on the night. Just by being on the list, they have broken down a barrier that few could have previously thought it would ever be possible to break.