AWARDS: Two nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Kimberley Woods
Kimberley Woods

Cricketer Ian Bell and canoeist Kimberley Woods up for awards

Rugby has the honour of two nominees in the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Cricketer Ian Bell and canoeist Kimberley Woods have both been named as top ten finalists, continuing the town’s success which saw golfer Lauren Taylor crowned Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2011.

Dunchurch batsmen Bell will be hoping for the public’s vote for the main award during the live show on Sunday, December 15.

But the Young Sports Personality of the Year award for which Woods has been nominated, will be decided by a panel of experts.

The Rugby Canoe Club member was also named in the top ten in 2012, but this year hopes to be one of the final three invited to the prestigious evening, being held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds with an audience of 12,000.

Bell, 31, is being recognised for his man of the series award and his outstanding performance in England’s Ashes win this summer, which included centuries in three consecutive matches. The Former Princethorpe College student faces tough competition though, from Wimbledon champion Andy Murray as well as jockey Tony McCoy, golfer Justin Rose, sailor Ben Ainslie, rugby player Leigh Halfpenny, cyclist Chris Froome, athletes Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah and wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockcroft.

Rugby College sport student Woods, 18, has also had a fantastic year, including her first senior medals, winning gold in the World Cup in Cardiff and bronze in Germany.

She also won an individual silver and team bronze in the World Junior Championships, successfully defended her Junior European C1 title and won the British Open.

“I was shocked to be nominated again,” said Woods, who is ranked sixth in the world in the Canadian C1 class and 50th at K1 kayak.

“But it’s very exciting. I’d love to be in the top three this time.

“Last year being Olympic year I really didn’t expect it and it’s great to be in it again.

“Thinking back, this year I’ve done a lot and know I could have got more, but sometimes that’s just how the sport goes.”