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People from across Staffordshire are being urged to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty who has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third year in a row.

It’s been a fantastic year for the 21-year-old Uttoxeter sportsman who clinched 100m breaststroke gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, smashing his own world record and scoring Team GB’s first gold of the games.

He also added silver to his medal tally in the 4 x 100m medley relay.

Congratulating Adam, who started his career at the Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter, is Staffordshire County Council’s Leader Philip Atkins.

Philip said: “The news that Adam has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is surely the icing on the cake for what has been an absolutely fantastic year for him.  It just goes to show that his natural talent, coupled with his hard work and determination has really paid off.

“We are all extremely proud of Adam and his successes. He’s a great role model for our young people in Staffordshire and I’m sure his achievements will act as an inspiration to everyone; whether it’s to succeed in their chosen field or to take up a sports activity for the first time.  All we need to do now is show our support and vote for him.”

Adam Peaty joins cyclists Jason Kenny, Laura Kenny, runner Mo Farah and triathlete Alistair Brownlee on the shortlist of sixteen for the prestigious BBC accolade, along with 2015 winner Andy Murray.

People will be able to vote during the show on December 18, at www.bbc.co.uk/sport