Dame Sarah Storey has spoken of the honour she feels after being shortlisted for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Disley cyclist became Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian after the three golds at the summer’s Games in Rio took her tally to 14 titles in swimming and cycling.
Success on the track in the C5 3000m individual pursuit saw Dame Sarah re-write the history books, following it up with two further wins on the road in the C5 time trial and C4-5 road race.
Following Monday’s announcement, Dame Sarah posted on social media: “It’s an understatement to say I am honoured to be on the #SPOTY2016 shortlist and alongside such incredible fellow athletes and as the only Road Cyclist!
“Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of congrats & to my team mates for starting the #VoteDameSarah. Would love to have your vote on the night!”
It has been quite a journey for the cyclist who returned to elite sport after becoming a mother three years ago.
In a year to remember she has also won a gold and two silvers at the Para-cycling Track World Championships.
She will face tough competition for the award with Nicola Adams (boxing), Gareth Bale (football), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon), Sophie Christiansen (equestrian), Kadeena Cox (athletics/cycling), Mo Farah (athletics), Jason Kenny (cycling), Laura Kenny (cycling), Andy Murray (tennis), Adam Peaty (swimming), Kate Richardson-Walsh (hockey), Nick Skelton (equestrian), Jamie Vardy (football), Max Whitlock (gymnastics) and Danny Willett (golf) all shortlisted.
The awards ceremony will be shown live on December 18. Vote via: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality.