BBC Sport - Sports Personality: Swimmer Anita Lonsbrough is first female winner
First woman to win Sports Personality
- From the section Sports Personality
In 1962, swimmer Anita Lonsbrough was the first female winner of the Sportsview Personality of the Year award.
Aged 21, she won Commonwealth Games gold in the 110 yards breaststroke, 220 yards breaststroke and 440 yards individual medley in Perth, adding to the Olympic 200m breaststroke gold she secured in Rome two years earlier.
Lonsbrough went on to be Great Britain's first female Olympic flag bearer, at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Games.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is broadcast live from Belfast on Sunday, 20 December from 19:00 GMT on BBC One. Further coverage on BBC Sport's online platforms and Radio 5 live.