Good luck Ellie!
By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:57
It's almost time for Walsall to back our very own golden girl, Ellie Simmonds, in the race for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year title.
Ellie has had plenty of backing from the local community
On Sunday evening, Paralympic champion Ellie will do battle with eleven other sporting stars of 2012 as the public vote for their favourite of what has been an astonishing year.
Not surprisingly, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic success stories dominate the shortlist, with Ellie being joined in the final twelve by fellow Paralympians Sarah Storey and David Weir.
Olympic champions Andy Murray, Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis, Katherine Grainger, Nicola Adams, Sir Chris Hoy and Ben Ainslie are all also in the running, with golfer Rory McIlroy completing the dozen.
Ellie's nomination is due to her golden performances in the London Aquatic Centre, where she won the 400m freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley, smashing the world record in both events.
She told the BBC that to win the prestigious prize would be the 'icing on the cake', although she says whoever takes the title would be a deserved winner.
Fittingly, in this year of extraordinary sport, Ellie and the rest of the candidates will be introduced to the show's biggest ever live audience, with 15,000 people expected to fill London's ExCel Arena.
They will be joined by a television audience of millions - Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding will host coverage of the evening, with Ellie and the other eleven finalists all set to be interviewed during what will be a celebration of British sport.
The show begins at 7.30pm on Sunday, and will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 Live. Voting details will be given out during the show and the winner will be announced shortly before 10pm.