Maidenhead's Sophie Christiansen and Kate Richardson-Walsh nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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Grace Witherden

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Two athletes from Maidenhead have been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Paralympian Sophie Christiansen, who won three gold medals in Rio this summer in equestrian, and Kate Richardson-Walsh, captain of England and Great Britain women’s hockey team have both made the shortlist.

The annual award ceremony held in December recognises sports men and women for their achievements that year.

Sophie Christiansen, who was born with cerebral palsy, has won a total of eight gold Olympic medals, one silver and one bronze.

When the shortlist was announced last night, the 29-year-old, who is originally from Sunningdale, said on Twitter: “I am shocked and honoured to be nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, especially in such an important year for sport where hundreds of athletes are worthy of award.”

Kate Richardson-Walsh, who is married to her fellow team member Helen Richardson-Walsh, led the hockey team to victory in the Rio Olympics.

The 36-year-old retired from international duty after 375 appearances, 49 goals and 13 years as England and GB skipper.

Last night, she tweeted: “Unbelievably honoured to be on BBC Sports Personality shortlist representing Great Britain Hockey and England Hockey squads, staff and the one and only hockey family.”

Other athletes on the shortlist include Andy Murray – tennis, Nicola Adams – boxing, Gareth Bale - football, Alistair Brownlee - triathlon, Kadeena Cox - Athletics/Cycling, Mo Farah- Athletics, Jason Kenny - Cycling, Laura Kenny - Cycling.

Adam Peaty - Swimming, , Nick Skelton - Equestrian, Dame Sarah Storey - Cycling, Jamie Vardy- Football, Max Whitlock - Gymnastics, Danny Willett - Golf.

 The winner will be announced on the live show in Birmingham on Sunday, December 18.

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality to vote online.

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