Kevin Sinfield’s Sports Personality of the Year omission rankles fans

Kevin Sinfield will not be included in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award for 2021.

That’s because it is said that he is not an ‘active’ sportsman. Well, if active isn’t running 101 miles in 24 hours then just what can be classed as active?

It really is a baffling decision when you consider that such a personality has raised more millions for his beloved friend Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Research by being ‘active’.

The six-person shortlist of those included for the accolade are Tom Daley, Tyson Fury, Adam Peaty, Emma Radacanu, Raheem Sterling and Sarah Storey – with voting due to open on Sunday, December 19.

Sinfield has now raised over £5 million inside twelve months from his two challenges and inspired hundreds of more people to take up their own challenge.

Such people can be summed up with one name: Martyn Clarke.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell then quickly search him on Twitter; Clarke is doing a whopping seven half Ironman challenges in seven days.

And, if you don’t know what an Ironman event is, prepare for some eye-watering statistics.

An Ironman challenge consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order.

Of course, Clarke is doing half of that so it will consist of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and 13.1-mile run.

But, Sinfield’s story and success has inspired so many people to take part in their own incredible effort to raise as much money as possible. That, right there, is a personality.

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