TODAY we launch the search for the Basingstoke Gazette Sports Personality for 2018 to follow in the footsteps of Basingstoke Bison star Aaron Connolly.

The winner of the award will be revealed at the Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards, which will be held at the Apollo Hotel on Friday, March 1.

Once again this year there is no short list to vote from, the decision is entirely up to you.

However, you may consider former winner Basingstoke Town star Sam Argent, hockey ace Alex Danson, top golfer Justin Rose, the world's strongest winner Farah Fonseca, runner-up last year as well as any member of Town, Bison, Basingstoke RFC or Hook and Newnham Basics CC's double winning team, but as said before the choice is all yours.

To vote for your winner simply send an email with Gazette Sports Personality in subject and the person you have chosen, along with your address to or you can also send your vote in by post to the Sports Desk, Basingstoke Gazette, Gazette House, Pelton Road, Basingstoke RG21 6XD, with the same details.

The closing dates for all entries is Wednesday, February 6.