Zara Phillips, BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Seadog

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Zara Phillips was named last night as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The horsewoman follows in the footsteps of her mother, the Princess Royal, who won the same award in 1971.
Daily Telegraph

I like a nice Royal story. A talented young woman.

Good girl....I mean, well done m'am.
 
Sports Personality of the Year? What about the horse? Aren't they technically a team?

In that case, Joe Calzaghe was the only individual in the running, since the Ryder Cup was also a team effort.
 
Considering GRANDMA has probably the best horses in the land and mummy has the finances to steer her in the right direction. It is no big achievement!!!

The majority of people who have to go out and earn a living who are not blessed with the silver spoon given the opportunity could probably also hit the headlines.

That for me is the same as Prince Charles walking round with his red lid and wearing para wings after doing only one para jump and not eight as the commoners and that was in water surrounded by probably every swimmer canoeist the frog squad could muster.
 
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angrydoc

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Get the chip on your shoulder sorted out Backpacker!

Granted Zara had opportunities not open to everyone, but that doesn't take away from her fantastic achievement in a bloody difficult sport. You don't need to have shedloads of cash to ride horses, but not everyone can ride them quite as well as she.
 

dt018a9667

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For me it should have been the gymnast or the blind sprinter (how does she do it! Bloody marvellous).
But it was great to see no over paid over rated prima donnas that they call heroes (sic) from the football fraternity in the running.
 

slim

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angrydoc said:
Get the chip on your shoulder sorted out Backpacker!

Granted Zara had opportunities not open to everyone, but that doesn't take away from her fantastic achievement in a bloody difficult sport. You don't need to have shedloads of cash to ride horses, but not everyone can ride them quite as well as she.
Sorry Doc but you do need shitloads of cash to learn to ride to a decent standard. In my day most air stations had stables and anyone could learn to ride for a reasonably small charge. However to ride to a high standard requires both good horses and loads of time. Backpacker was correct in stating that she had all these.
Seems to me Doc that anyone who makes a stand against privileged lifestyles in your eyes must have a chip on their shoulder.
I think you will find there are many athletes equally as capable as her who have attained their positions by commitment and sacrifice.
Examples can be found in many of our black athletes who have achieved sporting success without having a privileged background
 
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angrydoc

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Couldn't agree more, but the SPOTY award is for national and international level sport. Granted, this year hasn't been great for British sport, but to try to beat Zara Phillips over the head because of her background is not fair. If Joe Bloggs had done what she did, would anyone be looking into his bank account and seeing what he earns? No. We'd be applauding him as a great sportsman. Why can we not do the same for Zara?
 

dt018a9667

War Hero
Please, please I have heard this said before but the whole thing has changed.
Just look at the title `BBC Sports Personality of the Year` I think the word we should be looking at is Personality now where does that leave us?


Just a thought.
 

sgtpepperband

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The nominees were picked by the British public; the winner was picked as a result of votes submitted by the British public. Did the people who are criticising Zara Phillips for winning submit a vote themselves, or are they just complaining because they've got the opportunity to do so? :shock:
 

slim

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sgtpepperband said:
The nominees were picked by the British public; the winner was picked as a result of votes submitted by the British public. Did the people who are criticising Zara Phillips for winning submit a vote themselves, or are they just complaining because they've got the opportunity to do so? :shock:
And Connie Fisher won the part of Maria in the sound of music by a fair public vote
 

sgtpepperband

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slim said:
...And Connie Fisher won the part of Maria in the sound of music by a fair public vote
If it winds people up so much why do people watch that crap?! Read a book, go to the cinema/theatre/pub/whatever... there's more to live than pre-packaged, mind-numbing brain-sapping programmes on TV! 8O :lol:
 

slim

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sgtpepperband said:
slim said:
...And Connie Fisher won the part of Maria in the sound of music by a fair public vote
If it winds people up so much why do people watch that crap?! Read a book, go to the cinema/theatre/pub/whatever... there's more to live than pre-packaged, mind-numbing brain-sapping programmes on TV! 8O :lol:
I only put this in to support my theory that television voting cannot be taken seriously. After al Connie Fisher had been voted off and then saved by Lloyd Webber so often that as far as I can see there was no way that the final vote was either fair or square.

Little bit like having a vote on a ship for the most popular person and the Joss winning. :)
 

sgtpepperband

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A vote on board of that nature would never need to take place - we all know that he'd win! And who'd be brave enough to stand against him as a nominee?! :wink:
 

slim

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sgtpepperband said:
A vote on board of that nature would never need to take place - we all know that he'd win! And who'd be brave enough to stand against him as a nominee?! :wink:
Ok sarge I'll get me lid :(
 

clanky

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slim said:
What I want to know is how did a darts player get into the top 10?
Not another member of the "Darts is'nt a sport brigade". there are loads of other sports that focus on concentration and application over physical fitness, and they don't get tagged as not being a sport.
 

slim

War Hero
clanky said:
slim said:
What I want to know is how did a darts player get into the top 10?
Not another member of the "Darts is'nt a sport brigade". there are loads of other sports that focus on concentration and application over physical fitness, and they don't get tagged as not being a sport.
Now lets see:
Fishing, snooker, tiddlywinks.

And the winner this year is................
 

sgtpepperband

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slim said:
sgtpepperband said:
A vote on board of that nature would never need to take place - we all know that he'd win! And who'd be brave enough to stand against him as a nominee?! :wink:
Ok sarge I'll get me lid :(
No need; we'll talk about it like sensible adults over a pint and come to an agreement that I was right all along... JOKE!! :lol: :lol:
 
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