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Who will win Sport Personality of the Year?
Ryan Giggs has won it before, but there's one thing he wasn't able
to achieve. From Premier League to Welsh Premier:
We catch up with Swansea City cult hero, Alan Tate.
I wouldn't pay any money to knock ten years back off and go back to
23. And we put
the Seven Sisters girls through Well the countdown has begun, Monday
the 7th of December, the day we'll be celebrating the many achievements
in Welsh sport over the last 12 months, and of course announcing
the winner of BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2015.
Eight heroes. Eight inspirations. This man's schools have led as to
the Urals. A superstar for the Elmer Dredd. A superstar for his country.
Gareth Bale netted seven goals. He was named Wales Player of the Year,
players Player of the Year, and fans Player of the Year.
Cup. Man of the Match performance in the
victory over England for Dan Biggar. And deplored 12 semifinal.
Aled Sion Davies, a double Paralympic gold medallist in 2012.
This year he became a double world champion. He threw a world record
distance to win the F42 discus and a championship record in the shot put.
She is known as the head hunter. Jade Jones aims high. She was only
the third bullet to win a medal at the inaugural European games and one
Grand Prix goals. She is world number one. You will be able to vote
by phone or text for the candidate of your choice from next Monday
morning until Saturday evening the 5th of December. All details are
available on our website. So that's the first four
and we'll take a look at the other But now, to someone who's won
the award twice. He's also won just
about everything there is to win in football with one notable
exception, it's Mr Ryan Giggs. He is the most decorated player in
British footballing has to be having one no fewer than 34 trophies. But
Ryan Giggs never appeared in a major tournament with Wales. It is a
disappointment but at the end of the day the teams that I played and were
not good enough. We came close twice but we did not quite get there. To
say it no happen is great for me and obviously great for the players who
did miss out. But I would not change my career. I had a great career.
Obviously I would have liked to have played in a World Cup or European
Championships but it was not to be. The man who led Wales to the
promised land is a former team-mate of Ryan Giggs. Chris Coleman
achieved what many who had came before had failed to do.
It started off with the likes of John Toshack giving young players a
chance. Now those players are turning into world-class players.
Gary speed is taking up the mantle. And now Wales have got to a major
championship. He has created a lead team environment. They look a proper
team. They look like they are enjoying it and are playing with
freedom. It is a great achievement because we have not done it for so
long. As Ryan Giggs was highly up his Wales boots a new generation of
players was coming through. Whereas Ryan Giggs used to be the centre of
attention he now believes Wales together are stronger. Six or seven
players together have come through. Quality players. That has helped.
Gareth Bale of course. Together with the established players like Ashley
Williams, who has been fantastic in the campaign. They just looked like
a team. In the past with Wales had missed out on a few players to
injury or suspension we have suffered. But this time it did not
matter. Whoever came ended an equally good job. I just mention
Gareth Bale. When you have got some might put in the team you can be a
matchwinner in any team in the world. He is such a talent. If you
get your defence right then you have got someone who can turn a game at
the drop of a hat. Chris Coleman and we'll start to prepare for your all
2016 and it will be back to the day job Ryan Giggs. As assistant manager
at Magistrate United he is getting used to light on the touchline. I am
enjoying it. But that next best thing from playing. You can never
replace playing but working with the layers it is something I am
enjoying. I am still learning. I am 18 months in the job. I want to do
what I did as a player and improve and try and be the best. When I
taught a young lawyers who are coming to I can speak from
experience. I can say to them I have been in your position and I can help
you. If you need help I am there. There are ups and downs. If you have
not got that foundation to fall upon when things are not going right then
you sometimes need help, which I got, say from Sir Alex Ferguson. I
know how they feel and I want to help them. What makes the future
hold? Could he one day take over the helm at international level? I do
not know. At the moment I am enjoying what I am doing. Where ever
that takes me, who knows? If I am still coaching. I do not know. You
can never plan in football. Things change so quickly. All I can say is
at the moment I am enjoying being assistant manager of Manchester
United and I am enjoying going to work every day.
Now while Chris Coleman's side prepares
for France next summer, the Wales women's team are just starting their
After beginning with two defeats they were hoping
for a much needed home win against Kazakhstan this week.
With wheels rooted to the bottom of Group 8 opponents sat just above
them. -- with Wales routers. It was goalless until two minutes
into the second half. Wales at last, finally, have made the
breakthrough. 1-0. Good charge-down. Helen Ward. 2-0
four Wales. beautiful finish. Helen Ward is so
deadly from that sort of range. Plenty of room. She might fancy a
shot. Then towards wards to finish it off. That is the hat-trick for
Helen Ward. 4-0. What a difference Helen Ward made in coming off the
bench. She is our goal-scorer. We said in
the changing room that our campaign starts here and to start with a 4 -0
when, we kick on from here. We have got a big campaign coming up. The
fourth qualifying game is away against Israel next week.
While there's talk of pressure mounting on Swansea City
boss, Gary Monk, one of his old team mates is getting used
Alan Tate was the first man to captain Swansea
Now he's in the Welsh Premier with Port Talbot.
Who would be mad enough to put themselves under the managerial
spotlight? All that scrutiny and distress. Alan Tate is ready to
embrace it. Far from the big stage he was used
to in 13 promotion Phil Hughes at Swansea. How do you adjust and
accept your days as a full-time professional in the big leagues are
over? I would pay any money to knock ten years off myself and go back to
23 and go through it again. But you could not write the script. We have
been fortunate to be put in the Hall of Fame. I have won a couple of
layers of the year. It is something where I am not going to slip into
deep depression stop it seemed as if your face no longer fitted under
Michael Laudrup. He did not speak to me, he put
everything in the paper. He said Alan Tate was not guaranteed
to be playing or in the squad. He dealt with that in the wrong way. I
want to go into management, looking back I would not have dealt with a
senior player how he dealt with me. Ultimately it was Garry Monk that
said there was no future for you at Swansea City. How hard was that it
take? Very easy. I did not need a weatherman to tell me if it is
raining. I said if you need me to be here, if someone wants to leave and
you need me to come in and do a job I would, but in a perfect world I
want to play. He said, fair enough. Now I admit. He told you over a
round of golf that was it? We have been close for years. We
both just knew. How was that round of golf? Fine. I battered him.
It is a different experience these days for the mambo Stoddart is just
the stop he started at Swansea and it is a world away from the Premier
League. -- for the man that started at Swansea. In terms of where I
wanted to live, it made perfect sense. The boy is at school down
here and it was always going to be home for me. The standard is
different. When we went to Swansea we had to wash RM kit. It is like
getting back to how it was. It is hard as you up big players but at
the rational level. Sometimes you do not pass it there because you do not
connect properly. Hopefully you know what you are going to do. I would
too thick times out of ten I was pretty good at that at professional
level. Do you enjoy it as much as he used to? It is a big thing. We had a
pint after the game, which was a little bit different. Going back to
Swansea, are you still in touch with Garry Monk? Yes. How is he at the
moment? He has been under a bit of pressure. They have had a rocky
spell. If you keep sacking managers when they go through bad spells, how
can they get the experience of going through that bad spell? Look at the
blueprint of Manchester United and Alex. It baffles me to see owners
sacking manager after manager when the blueprint of the guest and
best, most successful club in the country is right there. -- biggest.
How has he dealt with it? He is the same as always. Get his head down
and work hard, like he was as a player. He gets his head down and
works hard, and he will be asking more of the staff and players. More
of everyone. Will Swansea be OK in the Premier League? I think so, more
than OK. We are at the Art Centre. You are into comedy. I like a bit of
a stand-up. I have been to the comedy club in Manchester. I like
stand-up on telly. Would you fancy going on to that stage and doing a
bit of stand-up? I will stick to playing football and hopefully a bit
of managing. Thank you. Still a smile on the face of Garry Monk, as
he faced more tough questions on his future. One win in ten for the Swans
but he said he still had the support of the chairman. He is
extraordinarily supportive. He has supported myself, staff, players and
the club as a whole. I am not going to cry about it and feel sorry from
cells. We will come out fighting, that is what we do. The players were
incredible hard to put it right. You can see even from the performances
where we have not get the results we wanted, you can see that commitment,
effort and desire. That is what I am saying. That is what you trust. They
are good players. It is not getting easier. Under pressure at Liverpool
of all places. Swans had to Anfield on Sunday with the Reds revitalised
under Jurgen Zopp. First what we did was we analysed the Swansea game. --
Jurgen Klopp. We have the defendant very well, for sure. Defend very
well and we move, it is more than enough, if we play football, we can
find spaces and if we can we can be dangerous for them and make goals
and forecast that is most important. This week it has been about
concentrating on the players and doing what we do best. I have seen
great to the nation with the players. -- great determination. We
have tried to improve on all areas. And get out there and be ourselves.
If we get those solid performances, a couple of good results, we are
more than capable, we will see confidence grow. That is what you
do, you go back to basics, grow again and when the time is right,
unleashed the players with that confidence and bring back the
football we have shown and are capable of. Here are the football
fixtures this weekend... It is a Sunday fixture for Swansea
City. Away at Liverpool. You can follow the action on BBC Wales,
radio Cymru and online. Now it is another instalment of the
Boot Camp. The Boot Camp is on. Are you enjoying this kitchen? I promise
I have not been eating it. You will be fitter and stronger. This is the
reason they are taking it. Girls, we have talked about diet,
fitness and eating healthily. Rugby is after all a team game. Today we
are going to really gel you together as a team. Are you up for it? Yes!
Would you rather be in bed? No! Well, Rachel, you have not played
since the first game of the season. How is your injury? Not too bad. I
played the other day and it was not too bad, getting back into it. They
call you twinkle toes. At they missed you? They say they do but I
do not know. I would not say twinkle toes so much. Heavy feet more like.
The Boot Camp, how has it affected your rugby? Obviously not carrying
as much weight. Feeling a bit better. Still some way to go and I
need to push on my fitness. How much have you lost? One and a half stone.
Is it making a difference on the pitch? Definitely. Feeling fitter in
general and in life as well. Even noticing small things, walking up
the stairs. Are you looking forward to it today? Yes. We will have a
good go. We are dreading where we are going! But I am sure it will be
fine. Right, girls. Look at these quad
bikes. We not going on them! We are going on the assault course.
We are going to be doing an assault course today. One box per team. The
aim is to get the box around the assault course. Two people must
always touch the box. And the box must never touch the ground. Just
like rugby. Brilliant work, brilliant work. Just tackling, keep
low. Rugby is all about teamwork. All about talking to each other.
Teamwork, girls. Go on! Oh, look at that! Easy, brilliant! That is what
it is all about. That is the one! She is wet!
LAUGHTER ... Good girls! This is all good for your rugby. Come on, girls.
Keep hold of that box. Come on, get under it. Keep it going. Come on,
girls. Good teamwork, good teamwork. I like the tactic. Holding up the
tyres. I am liking bad. Go on, Beth. Getting soaking wet.
Are you soaking wet? She is all right!
How was that? Added you find that? It was really fun, but really cold.
Really cold? Cold? Freezing! Was it good fun? Good fun. Really good
teamwork. You could see the leaders in there. They have really directed
us, how to do the task to the best of our ability. Will it help you on
the rugby pitch? Definitely. Just what we need it as a team. We got
together, got stuck in. We communicated much Better Together.
It was a really good laugh. I think we all enjoyed it. We need all this
to get on together. I learned a lot about the girls I did not know about
them today. We have bonded so much better. I think it is going to help
us all the way through. OK, well done. It was brilliant and I hope
you enjoyed it. I will be back after Christmas. Do not let it slip, OK?
Come on, girls. Back to the sports awards and
on the 7th of December we'll find BBC Cymru Wales Sports personality
Of The Year. Now for a look
at the final four contenders. BBC Wales sports personality of the
year 2050 eight heroes and eight inspirations. -- 2000. Ash 2015.
The assassin and now a world champion. Lee Selby, only the 12
Welsh man to be crowned boxing world champion after he pleaded his
opponent for the title in May and he crossed the Atlantic and defeated
three which division world champion Fernando. He has signed with Floyd
Mayweather's advisor and the world now beckons for Lee Selby.
Swimming, cycling, running. This woman can do it all. Triathlon is
the most demanding sport. Non Stanford once again can claim to be
among the best. After almost two years out with injury she finished
second in the World Championship final and the elliptic test event.
Her podium placing in Rio de Janeiro has guaranteed Olympic selection. --
the athletic test event. This man is a machine on two wheels.
Geraint Thomas is as comfortable on the Alps as he is on the cobbled
roads in Belgium. It was the winner of one of the toughest races in the
world, and the week-long tour of the Algarve. He rode through the pain to
lead Chris Froome to a second Tour de France yellow. All in green on!
Go, now! This man has led us to the Euros. The Welsh rocket at the back,
Ashley Williams. The first man to and Wales the way major tournament
in 57 years. The defence it only four ten matches and Williams led
his club Swansea City to the highest ever Premiership then. Up by
telephone or I'd actual date of your choice Monday. -- you can vote by
telephone or by text for the person of your choice on...
Congratulations to all the nominees and the winner will be
announced at the Sport Awards in Cardiff on the 7th of December.
There will also be an award for coach of the year,
And the three nominees are... Rowing coach, Robbie Williams. -- Robin.
Wales football manager Chris Ullman. Welsh rugby coach, Warren Gatland.
-- Chris. -- Chris Coleman. but before I go, let
me remind you, will take place on
the 7th of December in Cardiff and they'll be live on BBC Radio Wales,
online at bbc.co.uk/sportwales