David Beckham to get lifetime achievement award at the age of 35

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It’s proven a contentious decision with many, but David Beckham, who turned 35 last May, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the BBC on Sunday.

As part of its Sports Personality of the Year awards show, the BBC will honour Beckham for his “tireless work as an ambassador for British sport”.

But punters looking to place a bet on the SPOTY awards should look no further than legendary jockey AP McCoy.

Thanks to a huge campaign put together by Racing For Change, and backed by Ladbrokes, the 15-time Champion Jockey is the overwhelming 4/9 favourite to win the accolade.

His ride aboard Don’t Push It in the Grand National was McCoy’s first victory in National Hunt racing’s most richest and iconic steeplechase in 15 attempts, and it’s this win that has finally seen McCoy gain the recognition he deserves.

However no jockey has won the award since the inaugural SPOTY awards in 1954, and Graeme McDowell, or G-Mac as he is known, is the second favourite after a truly incredible year.

Four tournament wins including a play-off win over Tiger Woods and a US Open, coupled with his winning Ryder Cup putt has seen G-Mac become one of the faces of 2010.

The Ulsterman is currently 7/2 in the SPOTY betting market and he is the most likely to upset the SPOTY betting odds and beat McCoy to the title.

However the battle for third place is an intriguing one with Lee Westwood, Jessica Ennis and Amy Williams all in contention.

Ennis, despite an incredible year, may miss out thanks to the accolades of others.

Lee Westwood is the world’s number one golfer, but Amy Williams defied adversity to win a gold medal at the winter Olympics in January and is 14/1 to win the award.

Ladbrokes are offering 1/5 of the odds for a top three finish. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.