Tony McCoy is to receive the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Sports Personality of the Year show on Sunday.
A prolific breaker of records during his time in the saddle, McCoy rode more than 4,300 winners, most notably Don’t Push It in the Grand National of 2010 when he was making his 15th attempt on the race. He described the award as “a huge honour” and “a big highlight of what has been an incredible year”.
McCoy recently started work as an analyst for Channel 4 Racing during the winter jumps season. A film documentary about the end of his career, Being AP, was praised for the insight it offered into what motivates a sportsman at the peak of his game.
The Spoty awards are to be held for the first time in Belfast, a half-hour’s drive from McCoy’s birthplace in Moneyglass, County Antrim.
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