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Bradley Wiggins – Winner Of BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2012
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Bradley Wiggins – Winner Of BBC Sports Personality Of the Year 2012

It was 59 years since the BBC first showed the Sports Personality of the Year, but never has there been a more competitive year than 2012 for the top spot. The winner was Bradley Wiggins who became the first British man to win the Tour De France and then went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the cycling time trial.

In any other year Jessica Ennis, winner of an Olympic gold for the heptathlon who took second place or Andrew Murray who won Olympic gold and the US Open Tennis Championship (being the first British man since Fred Perry to win a Grand Slam), who took third place would probably have been winners and they would have rightly deserved to be for their achievements.

But Bradley Wiggins was the people’s choice and the quirky, shy cycling champion was a worthy winner. Not only is he funny and self deprecating, he’s a man who has shown that it’s possible to win one of the most physically demanding and brutal sporting events in the world, all without the addition of performance enhancing drugs. Lance Armstrong it can be done! Wiggins not only beat his rivals, with the technical teams and coaches behind him and the help of his team mates – he crushed them.

Whilst training for the Tour De France Wiggins was followed by a team of cameras who tracked his progress for a year through to his win. It couldn’t have been easy for someone who is not comfortable with fame or attention and essentially is a loner to have cameras following him even a bit of the time. However, not only was the documentary fascinating, it also illustrated very clearly what it takes to be an elite athlete and perform at the top of a sport.

But whether you’re a sports fan or not there are lessons that can be learned from the case of Bradley Wiggins that could be appled to any of us seeking success in different contexts. Here are 10 tips:

Tip #1 There’s no substitute for hard work. Never try and cut corners.

Tip #2 Success is not won without sacrifice. Are you prepared to do what it takes?

Tip #3 Self – motivation is a must. You must be able to drive yourself day after day.

Tip #4 Accept things will go wrong and when they do pick yourself up and have another go.

Tip #5 Work with like minded people – who share your values and philosophies and are a positive influence.

Tip #6 Success is not an individual event. Find, nurture and appreciate the help of others.

Tip #7 Look for tiny steps to find improvements in performance.

Tip #8 Belief in yourself. If you don’t, why should anyone else?

Tip #9 Don’t give up. Success doesn’t always come at a set time frame

Tip #10 Turn your dreams into goals and goals into action. Be responsible for your own success

There’s nothing remarkable about the list above. We may not all have the dreams to be Olympic champions or winners of the Tour De France but we all have the opportunity to find success in our chosen fields following the tips above.


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All great tips Beverley!

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Thanks Shawn!

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Hi Geoffrey. Glad you enjoyed it. Beverley

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  about 7 years ago

Hi coach, Thank you for all the tips. This is a splendid article.

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