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Uttoxeter swimming superstar Adam Peaty

Staffordshire backs Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

People from across Staffordshire are being reminded to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Voting opens by phone or online during the show, which will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday December 18 from 6.20pm to 9pm.

Adam Peaty faces stiff competition from 15 fellow nominees for the prestigious accolade, including cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny, runner Mo Farah and triathlete Alistair Brownlee, along with 2015 winner Andy Murray.

It’s been a fantastic year for the 21-year-old Uttoxeter sportsman who clinched 100m breaststroke gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, smashing his own world record and scoring Team GB’s first gold of the games.

He also added silver to his medal tally in the 4 x 100m medley relay.

Adam started his career at the Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter, and one person who is backing him to win is Staffordshire County Council’s Leader Philip Atkins.

Philip said:

“Adam faces some stiff competition, but whatever the result we are all extremely proud of him and his successes. He’s a great role model for our young people in Staffordshire and I’m sure his achievements will act as an inspiration to everyone; whether it’s to succeed in their chosen field or to take up a sports activity for the first time.  All we need to do now is show our support and vote for him.”

People can vote by phone or at www.bbc.co.uk/sport during the programme.