The Sports Personality of the Year Awards happened earlier this week and sadly rugby league was snubbed once again, however TalkSport presenter Ally McCoist has crowned Kevin Sinfield as his ‘Man of the Year’.
There was a brief mention of Leigh Leopards’ Challenge Cup triumph with owner Derek Beaumont being offered a twenty second interview to explain what the success meant to the town, but otherwise rugby league and it’s athletes were ignored.
That’s in spite of the incredible efforts that Kevin Sinfield has gone to once again in his fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease, something that ex-teammate Rob Burrow was diagnosed with back in December 2019.
So far Sinfield’s efforts have raised over £9 million which has helped start the process of building the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds, a facility that will aid all those and their families affected by MND.
Sinfield’s latest efforts saw him complete his Seven in Seven in Seven challenge, seven ultra-marathons in seven days, each in a different city around the UK.
More incredibly he smashed the challenge just weeks after spending the summer in France as England Rugby Union prepared for and competed in the World Cup.
Whilst SPOTY might have snubbed Kev this year, TalkSports’ Ally McCoist has given special mention to the Leeds Rhinos legend, highlighting him as his ‘Man of the Year’.
Speaking on TalkSport Breakfast this week, the former Scottish football international said: “I’m leaving with a mention to Kevin Sinfield. In all seriousness he’s my man of the year. I’ve got to say that he’s been absolutely incredible.
“You talk about heroes, he’s been fantastic. We had him on the show a couple of weeks ago when he was doing these ultra-marathons.
“What he has done for his pal, and of course the MND community itself, is absolutely remarkable so Kevin, we salute you.
“If anyone deserves a good Christmas and New Year than it’s certainly him.”
One thing that we do know about Sinfield this Christmas is that he is set to be named in the King’s Honours List, however it’s not expected to be the Knighthood that so many think that he deserves.
Both Sinfield and Burrow are touted to earn some form of honour, adding to the honours they have already attained through their fundraising work so far, and of course who needs a Knighthood when the iconic Ally McCoist recognises your incredible services to sport and charity instead.
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