Jess Ennis Crowned The William Hill Sportswoman Of The Year 2012!
Jessica Ennis has received many plaudits and awards for her magical success at London 2012, but the vast majority of these have been from experts.
William Hill initiated their Sportswoman of the Year in 2011, when top jockey Hayley Turner landed the inaugural prize.
This time around, the William Hill short-list was decided by William Hill followers on Facebook. With almost 500,000 people following William Hill, this gave a genuinely representative short-list of top women in sport.
The short-list was then presented to the public vote online and via the 2,370 shops in the UK. The vote closed on Sunday 2nd December and Jessica Ennis was the unanimous winner. In total over 25,000 votes were collected and Jessica Ennis got more than 45% of the public vote
"The William Hill Sportswoman of the Year worked wonderfully well in its first year in 2011 and we have managed to build on that success this time around with a truly spectacular short-list, thanks to our brilliant Olympic success. This award stands out from most of the others as it is purely down to the public to decide who is the best. It will be interesting now to see how Jessica does in the BBC Sports Personality later in the month." said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams
William Hill will present Jessica Ennis with a special trophy, and she will receive a VIP trip to the William Hill King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, plus a £1,000 free bet on the big race
Latest betting from William Hill on the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2012: 1/3 Bradley Wiggins, 11/2 Mo Farah, 9/1 Jessica Ennis, 10/1 Andy Murray, 33/1 David Weir, 50/1 Ellie Simmonds, 100/1 Rory Mcllroy, 125/1 Sir Chris Hoy, 125/1 Ben Ainslie, 200/1 Nicola Adams, 200/1 Katherine Grainger, 200/1 Sarah Storey
About the award:
The WHSWOTY was introduced in 2011 to celebrate female achievement in sport in a year when the BBC did not include a single female sportsperson in their shortlist of ten. William Hill customers got right behind the award and after 46,662 votes were counted Hayley Turner was crowned the victor with 11,135 votes, just 165 ahead of Jess Ennis.
"One of my 2011 highlights was winning the William Hill Sportswoman of the Year. I am still touched that so many people voted for me and the icing on the cake was winning my free bet. I backed Kauto Star to win the William Hill King George and donated my £3,500 to the charity The Headway Brain Injury Association in Cambridge," said 2011 winner Hayley Turner. She added "Awards such as this are very important for highlighting the quality of women's sport in Britain and I hope you find the time to vote for the 2012 contenders."
Hannah Cockroft: Double Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft became the first Paralympic athlete to break a world record in the London Olympic stadium in the T34 100m.
Beth Tweddle: Having been at the top of British Gymnastics since she started in 2001 Beth secured an Olympic Bronze in the Uneven Bars event in London.
Jess Ennis: The London 2012 poster girl delivered in great style this summer winning a Gold medal in the Heptathlon in convincing fashion and is now considered a national treasure.
Hayley Turner: Reigning William Hill SWOTY champion Hayley Turner. She has won three Group One races at home and abroad and became only the second lady jockey to ride in the Derby.
Ellie Simmonds: The Paralympic swimmer has had a gloriously gold 2012. She retained her Olympic 400m freestyle gold, breaking a world record in the process, and did the same with the 200m, all at the age of 17.
Victoria Pendleton: Now strutting her stuff on Strictly Come Dancing the Olympic cyclist has had a good year in 2012, breaking a team sprint world record, and winning Gold in the Keirin.
Steph Houghton: Steph Houghton played a starring role for Team GB women's football at London 2012. The left back scored in all three group games and was named left back of the tournament.
Laura Trott: The Essex born cyclist can add double Olympic Gold to her double World and European titles after a team pursuit Gold and Omnium Gold at London 2012 in a sensational year.
Sarah Storey: The former Paralympic swimmer racked up four gold medals in London 2012 in the Individual pursuit, Time Trial 500m, Road Time Trial and Road Race.
Laura Robson: Has had a magnificent 2012 and kick started the rejuvenation of women's