The 2011 SPAR European Cross Country Championships took place in Velenje, Slovenia, on Sunday 11 December and were the highlight of the month from a continental perspective.
Wicklow’s Fionnuala Britton took Gold in the Women’s Senior Elite event . An opportunity now for SportsNewsIreland readers to cast YOUR vote for the male and female athlete of December.
All six winners from the event have been included in the short lists for the European Athlete of the Month award for December. However, there were also some outstanding performances on the roads around Europe and also indoors.
Following this, European Athletics is pleased to announce that athletes from 10 countries have been nominated for the December award.
At the end of each month, a panel of experts produces a short list of the outstanding athletes and performances achieved by European athletes during that month, which is then mailed to the European athletics media and thousands of fans who have signed up to receive news from European Athletics.
The poll is situated in the Fan Zone of the European Athletics website and the public, media and a group of expert statisticians will cast their votes with each category counting as 33.3 percent of the vote.
For example, the winner of each poll will be awarded 10 points, second 9 points, etc. and the athlete with the most points after the three different polls have been counted will be declared the winner.
In the unlikely event of a tie, Hansjörg Wirz, the president of European Athletics, will have the casting vote.
The voting will close on 18 January at noon CET.
The European Athlete of the Month initiative was launched in January 2007 and is designed to recognise outstanding performers at all levels of the sport in Europe.
No athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban can be nominated for the European Athlete of the Month.