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Ainslie needs your vote for Sports Personality of the Year
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Ben AinslieBen Ainslie is one of the 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 after a record breaking year in the Finn class.

The 35-year-old became the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time after winning his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal and fifth Olympic medal in total at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ainslie now needs your support to help cap off his history-breaking 2012 in perfect style by voting for him to be named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012, which takes place by way of public phone vote on 16 December. The number to call to vote for Ainslie will be revealed on the programme, so make sure you tune in!

No sailor has ever received the prestigious BBC accolade, awarded annually since 1954.

After such a stellar year for British sportsmen and women the BBC felt it was necessary to extend their Sports Personality of the Year shortlist of 10 by two, making it an unprecedented round dozen.

Cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, and athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah are candidates in the 12-strong list. Rower Katherine Grainger, golfer Rory McIlroy, boxer Nicola Adams are other hopefuls which Ainslie will be up against. Paralympians Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and David Weir also make the list for the award on 16 December.

Also taking place on the 16 December is the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award 2012. RYA Volvo National Youth Squad sailor Saskia Sills has been announced as one of the 10 contenders for the award.

Sills, 17 from Launceston, has made a huge impact in her first full season in the Under 19 Youth RS:X windsurfing class with her biggest achievement coming at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Dublin where she claimed the gold medal by an emphatic margin. The windsurfer was also crowned 2012 RYA Volvo Youth National Champion, and finished third overall in the RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, winning the Under 17 category.