It was a great year for British sport and its representatives in 2013.
Just browsing through the list of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominations depicts how successful we’ve been over the last annum.
Andy Murray, who was crowned champion this time, won his first Wimbledon title and brought the nation’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion to an end when beating world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Leigh Halfpenny’s inclusion, and consequent runner-up finish, was recognition of the British and Irish Lions domination in Australia as they secured their first series victory Down Under since 1989.
Following on from jockey AP McCoy’s third-place finish, earned when passing the unprecedented mark of 4,000 jump racing winners, double Olympic champion Mo Farah joined the ceremony’s protagonists after becoming the first Briton ever to win two gold medals at the same World Athletics Championships, scooping the 5,000 and 10,000 metre crowns in Moscow.
Then there was Ben Ainslie whose accomplishments in a sport away from the mainstream have been phenomenal. His selection was deserving reward for the emphatic triumph with Team Oracle USA on the waters of San Francisco Bay, overturning an 8-1 deficit against Team New Zealand.
Chris Froome overcame the physical tortures required to register a tremendous win in the Tour de France, wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft retained both her T34 100m and T34 200m titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, while Christine Ohuruogu became the first British woman to win two Athletics World Championship gold medals in Moscow, recording a British record.
Justin Rose clinched his maiden major title to become the first Englishman for 43 years to win the US Open, fending off competition from six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, while Ian Bell was the leading man and named man-of-the-series as England beat Australia 3-0 in the summer Ashes.
But which individuals and teams are going to make a mark during the 2014 sports calendar? Well, here are my predictions.
World Snooker Championships: Ronnie O’Sullivan 4/1; Six Nations Rugby: Wales 9/4; ICC World Cricket T20: India 4/1; Formula One: Sebastian Vettel 6/5; Rugby Union Challenge Cup: Stade Francais 5/1; Rugby Union Heineken Cup: Toulon 4/1; Rugby League Challenge Cup: Wigan Warriors 4/1; Rugby League Super League: Warrington 7/2; World Cup: Brazil 10/3; Wimbledon: Andy Murray 3/1, Sloane Stephens 20/1; The British Open Golf: Henrik Stenson 22/1; Champions League: Bayern Munich 13/5; Europa League: Juventus 9/2; Premier League: Manchester City 6/5; Championship: Leicester City 6/4; FA Cup: Arsenal 5/1; Capital One Cup: Manchester City 10/11.
A £1 stake on the above selections in an 18-fold accumulator would return £1,260,041,307,524!