Damon Hill leads shortlist for the 2017 Cross Sports Autobiography of the Year Award
By Charlotte Bates
Last Updated: 05/04/17 12:10pm
The memoirs of former Formula 1 champion and Damon Hill, Watching the Wheels, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Cross Sports Autobiography of the Year Award.
The Sky Sports F1 pundit competes for the award alongside England cricketer Jonathan Trott, long distance Olympic runner Jo Pavey, Arsenal and England football legend Ian Wright, Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford and controversial footballer Joey Barton.
The 15th Cross Sports Book Awards will take place at Lord's Cricket Ground on the evening of May 24th and will be hosted by Sky Sports News HQ presenter Mike Wedderburn and Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell.
Sky Sports La Liga pundit Guillem Balague will be part of this year's panel of judges, which also includes the likes of former England rugby star Brian Moore, Olympic rowing gold medallist Dame Katherine Grainger and England cricketer Nick Compton.
British former racing driver Hill, fresh from an exciting start to the Formula One season in Australia, admits he is overjoyed to be surrounded by sporting greats across football, athletics and cricket.
"It's an honour to be included in the shortlist for the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards," said the 56-year-old. "I am delighted to be nominated alongside a talented group of sportsmen and women."
David Willis Chairman of the Sports Book Awards added: "Once again we have a great group of nominees in what is always a hugely competitive category.
"We look forward to seeing who our 2017 winner is at Lord's in May as we celebrate 15 years of the Cross Sports Book Awards."
The shortlist for the Cross Autobiography of the Year Award:
No Nonsense by Joey Barton (Simon & Schuster)
Watching the Wheels by Damon Hill (Macmillan)
This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey (Yellow Jersey, PRH)
Unexpected by Greg Rutherford (Simon & Schuster)
Unguarded by Jonathan Trott (Sphere, Little Brown)
A Life in Football by Ian Wright (Constable, Little Brown)