AP McCoy to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
The award will be presented at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year at The SSE Arena, Belfast, on Sunday 20 December, live on BBC One.
McCoy was Champion Jockey for every season of his 20-year professional career before finally retiring in April 2015 having ridden over 4,300 jump racing winners – including the Grand National, two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the Champion Chase.
McCoy was crowned Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 after winning the Grand National at his fifteenth attempt, which was the first time a jockey has been presented with the award. Three years later after surpassing the milestone of 4,000 jump racing winners, McCoy claimed third place at the prestigious BBC awards ceremony.
On receiving the award McCoy said: “To be receiving the Lifetime Achievement award is a big highlight of what has been an incredible year.
It’s a huge honour and I’m thrilled to be accepting it so close to home in Belfast. I’m looking forward to what will be a very special night.”
The former BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner will be presented with his award in his home nation at the ceremony in Belfast on Sunday 20th December, live on BBC One, 1850-2100.
The awards will be hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan in front of a crowd of 7,500, in what is the first time the event has been hosted in the country.
Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport said: “A previous Sports Personality of the Year winner and widely regarded as one of the greatest jockeys of all time, AP was the biggest superstar of racing until his retirement this year. It’s an honour to celebrate his illustrious career here in Belfast, Northern Ireland, his home nation, with the Lifetime Achievement award.”
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