World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea of Northern Ireland has been included on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.
The Ballyclare man has made it on to the 12-strong list of potential champions for the first time, facing competition from the likes of boxer Anthony Joshua, Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
Rea became the first man to win three successive World Superbike titles when victory in Magny-Cours was enough to see him over the line back in September.
Jonathan said it feels like he’s “in a dream”.
The BBC has announced a shortlist of 12 contenders who will go forward to a public vote on the night of the live show in Liverpool on Sunday, 17 December. The nominees are:
Elise Christie – short track speed skating; Sir Mo Farah – athletics, Chris Froome – cycling, Lewis Hamilton – F1, Anthony Joshua – boxing, Harry Kane – football, Johanna Konta – tennis, Jonnie Peacock – Para-athletics, Adam Peaty – swimming, Jonathan Rea – motorcycling, Anya Shrubsole – Cricket, Bianca Walkden – taekwondo.