YEP Says (December 1): Yorkshire’s sporting heroes are all worthy winners

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THIS county’s proud reputation as the UK capital of sport is further highlighted by the fact that Leeds’s very own Kevin Sinfield plus Jessica Ennis-Hill, from Sheffield and Otley’s Lizzie Armitstead have all made it on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

Surely no other region can boast such sporting strength and depth - and it speaks volumes that the effervescent Joe Root, the Sheffield-born cricketer who inspired England’s Ashes success, did not even make the cut.

Yet, while the competition for one of sport’s most cherished prizes has never been tougher, each of the Yorkshire triumvirate would be a worthy winner.

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Not only have they reached the pinnacle of their discipline, whether it be athletics, cycling or rugby league, but they have become respected role models because of their professionalism and desire to inspire future generations.

Because of this, the public should use this one-off opportunity to show their appreciation for their local heroes whose feats will, without doubt, pass the test of time.

It’s a fitting moment indeed to look forward to next year when we full expect Yorkshire to challenge some of the biggest nations on earth for a place on the medal table.

Team GB will be depending on the Yorkshire contingent to see them through to glory.

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