BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award 2017
Venue: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Date and time: Monday, 4 December at 19:30 GMT
Coverage: Live video stream on the BBC website, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport app, with coverage and updates also on BBC RW and BBC RC; repeated on the Red Button 9 Dec, 17:30-19:30 GMT.

Voting has opened for the six contenders who have been nominated for the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2017 award.

You are able to vote by telephone or – for the first time – online for the nominee of your choice.

Footballer Gareth Bale, cyclist Elinor Barker, Para athlete Aled Sion Davies, rugby union player Jonathan Davies, judoka Natalie Powell and cyclist Geraint Thomas make up the shortlist.

Voting opened at 08:00 GMT on Monday, 27 November and will close on 18:00 GMT on Saturday, 2 December 2017.

The winner will be revealed during a live awards show at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on Monday 4 December 2017 after the public vote.

Former Great Britain athlete and Wales rugby union wing Nigel Walker is chair of the judging panel.

The panel this year comprises five members, with Brian Davies, Sarah Thomas, Steve James and Nathan Blake joining chair Walker.

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, 4 December at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, with the winner being voted from the following nominees (listed in alphabetical order):

Gareth Bale (football): Part of Real Madrid’s Champions League and La Liga winning team – click here for full profile

Elinor Barker (cycling): Has won world and European medals on the track – click here for full profile

Aled Sion Davies (Para athletics): Double world champion and world record holder – click here for full profile

Jonathan Davies (rugby union): British and Irish Lions player of the series and Pro12 winner with Scarlets – click here for full profile

Natalie Powell (judo): First female British judoka to be ranked number one in the world – click here for full profile

Geraint Thomas (cycling): First Welsh cyclist to lead the Tour de France and wear the famous yellow jersey – click here for full profile

Full terms and conditions for nominations processes, criteria and voting details (where applicable) can be found here.

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