HAVING won the Grand National, all the biggest races at the Cheltenham Festival and been crowned champion jump jockey 20 years in a row, there is not much left for Tony McCoy to conquer.
But the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will now need to find space in his trophy cabinet for that event’s Lifetime Achievement award.
McCoy, who rode 4,348 British and Irish jumps winners before retiring in April, will be presented with the trophy at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year at the SSE Arena, Belfast, on Sunday, live on BBC1.
The 41-year-old, who was born in Northern Ireland, 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.”
McCoy was named Sports Personality of the Year after winning the Grand National on Don’t Push It, the only time a jockey has claimed the BBC award. Three years later, after surpassing the milestone of 4,000 jumps winners, he took third.
Barbara Slater, BBC Sport director, 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. It’s an honour to celebrate his illustrious career here in Belfast, Northern Ireland, his home nation, with the Lifetime Achievement award.”
What promises to be a special night for racing could get even better with champion apprentice Tom Marquand in the running for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. The 17-year-old has been shortlisted with gymnast Ellie Downie and para-swimmer Tully Kearney.