Sutton people encouraged to rally behind David Weir for Sports Personality of the Year
11:00am Sunday 16th December 2012 in News
The people of Sutton have their chance to make sure Paralympic hero David Weir ends his year on a high by backing him to win a top sporting prize tonight.
Wallington wheelchair racer Weir is one of 12 sporting stars in with a chance of winning the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award this evening but he needs your help.
This year's award is being decided via a telephone vote during tonight's Sports Personality of the Year show on BBC1 from 7.30pm.
Already this year the Weir-Wolf has won four gold medals at the Paralympics in London and his sixth London Marathon.
People all over Sutton including Mayor Councillor Sean Brennan have given the 33-year-old, who still trains in the area, their backing and bookmaker Ladbrokes rank Weir as their fourth favourite for the prize ahead of the likes of cyclist Chris Hoy and rower Katherine Grainger.
Coun Brennan said: "We have the chance to show how proud we are and make him Sports Personality of the Year. I urge everyone to join me by voting for David."
According to Ladbrokes Weir's odds of 66-1 could shorten if the people of Sutton give him their backing. Spokesman Alex Donohue said: "When people get together behind a nominee it can improve their chances.
"These campaigns make us worry we could lose a lot of money and if the people of Sutton get together there really is a good chance he could win."
Other stars in the shortlist include favourite cyclist Bradley Wiggins, runner Mo Farah, heptathlete Jessica Ennis and golfer Rory McIlroy.
The number to call to vote for Weir will be announced during the show tonight.