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Success for Sophie at SPOTY

last updated on December 20, 2016 15:17

Success for Sophie at SPOTY

It was a magical evening for Sophie Christiansen and the equestrian community on Sunday at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony (18 December 2016).

Hosted at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, many of the sporting world’s elite figures gathered alongside a 12,000-strong audience to celebrate the successes of Team GB and the 16 nominated SPOTY contenders.

Sparkling in a glamourous red dress teamed with her famous smile, Sophie and show jumping’s Nick Skelton took to the stage together with Clare Balding to discuss their Olympic experiences. The audience and viewers at home also watched Sophie’s SPOTY film, which told her inspiring story from early childhood through to becoming one of the most successful Para Dressage riders in history, as well as boasting some incredible academic and professional achievements. We couldn’t wish for a better ambassador for our sport.

Winning Sports Personality of the Year for a record breaking third time was tennis star Andy Murray, followed by triathlete Alistair Brownlee in second and Nick Skelton in third. As the voting figures emerged online it became clear that super Sophie had finished in fifth place – only beaten by the top three and Mo Farah. With 37,284 votes Sophie was the highest placed female athlete as well as the highest placed Paralympian.

Speaking from her Facebook page Sophie said, ‘I have never been more delighted with a placing lower than first! Thank you everyone for your support and votes.’ She continued to praise the BBC for producing a memorable evening, ‘the BBC did an absolutely amazing job with my VT and the music they used was my freestyle music from Rio which I worked on with Harry Potter composer Nick Hooper and singer Eurielle. I'm glad you all got to hear more of it. You have shown that the British public want to see more variety of sport and sportspeople in the media. I hope that this is taken on board. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!’

Beating her odds at 200-1 Sophie finished ahead of several mainstream sporting mega stars defying her worries of finishing last and proving that achieving recognition in a minority sport is more than possible. Congratulations Sophie and thank you to everyone who backed her wonderful cause.

To view more content from the evening, head over to the BBC SPOTY website