Hannah Cockroft shortlisted for sports personality of the year

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Halifax’s golden girl Hannah Cockroft has been shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

She faces stiff competition from Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, US Open winner Justin Rose, Tour de France title-holder Chris Froome and record breaking jockey Tony McCoy.

Sailor Ben Ainslie, England cricketer Ian Bell, athletes Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu, and rugby union’s Leigh Halfpenny complete the 10-strong shortlist for the annual award.

Having been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours, Cockroft retained both her T34 100 metres and T34 200 metres titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon and won the T33/T34 100 metres race at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium with a stadium record time of 17.80 seconds.

Through her official Twitter account, the 21-year-old wrote: “Absolutely ecstatic to be on the #SPOTY shortlist! The ultimate award honour for an athlete. Thanks so much for the lovely comments&support!”

The 10 contenders will compete for the public vote on the night of the live show on December 15.

There will also be awards for team of the year, coach of the year, Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Sports Personality of the Year Diamond Award, Helen Rollason Award and Sports Unsung Hero.