BRITAIN’S best athletes of past and present stunned on the red carpet ahead of this evening’s Sports Personality of the Year.
The great and the good of the sporting world descended on MediaCity in Salford to celebrate Britain’s achievements in 2022.
GettySnowboard star Aimee Fuller was in attendance at Sports Personality of the Year[/caption]
PA2012 runner-up Jessica Ennis-Hill rocked a light blue dress for SPOTY 2022[/caption]
Ricky Hatton popped along to the event in his hometownRex
PAPaddy Pimblett was flanked by partner Laura Gregory[/caption]
PATwins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova arrived together[/caption]
PAMax Whitlock and wife Leah Hickton pose on the red carpet[/caption]
And ahead of the BBC’s showcase celebration, the celebrities strutted their stuff upon arrival.
That included the likes of snowboarder Aimee Fuller, Olympic legend Jessica Ennis-Hill and candidate Eve Muirhead.
Fellow nominee Jessica Gadirova was flanked by her twin sister Jennifer upon arrival.
Ricky Hatton, Max Whitlock, Stephen Hendry, Rebecca Adlington and Paddy Pimblett were among the first to arrive.
Six nominees are hoping to land the coveted annual prize, succeeding Emma Raducanu who won the gong 12 months ago.
Beth Mead is the odds-on favourite after helping England win the Euros.
Mead’s six goals and five assists saw her scoop both the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament awards.
Gymnast Jessica Gadirova, curling’s Muirhead, snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan, England cricket ace Ben Stokes, and athlete Jake Wightman make up the rest of the elite list.
But golfer Matt Fitzpatrick was controversially overlooked, despite his US Open triumph earlier this year.
The ceremony was pushed back a few days from its usual slot on the Sunday evening before Christmas by the World Cup final.
Fans can watch the 69th year of SPOTY – hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott – on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 6.45pm.