Former Oldham Sixth Form College student Kevin Sinfield scoops BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
AoC Gold winner and former Oldham Sixth Form College student Kevin Sinfield took second place at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
The ceremony, which took place just before Christmas, saw Britain’s Davis Cup hero Andy Murray claim top honours, but rugby league legend Sinfield was hot on his heels to pick up the runners-up trophy ahead of Jessica Ennis-Hill.
The 35-year-old studied A Levels at Oldham Sixth Form College and was presented with an AoC Gold award last year, having been nominated by his former college with whom he maintains close links.
Sinfield became a professional with Leeds Rhinos at the age of 16 and captained his side to Super League Grand Final victory in his final match last October.
He has since joined Leeds Rhinos’ rugby union sister club Yorkshire Carnegie on an 18-month contract.
Sinfield was named England captain in 2012 and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014 for services to rugby league.
More than a quarter of a million votes were cast for Sinfield, who was the first rugby league player to be nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.