BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2021: Tom Daley is supported by husband Dustin Lance Black

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2021: Tom Daley, 27, is supported by husband Dustin Lance Black, 47, at the annual ceremony


Tom Daley had the utmost support from his husband Dustin Lance Black on Sunday night as they attended the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards at MediaCityUK, Salford.

The diver, 27, is in the running for the esteemed award along with the likes of tennis ace Emma Raducanu, F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and Manchester City footballer Raheem Sterling. 

A suited and booted Tom secured his status as one of the country’s top sportsmen after winning gold for the men’s synchronised 10-metre platform during the Tokyo Olympics 2020. 

Big night: Suited and booted Tom Daley, 27, was supported by dapper husband Dustin Lance Black, 47, at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards in Salford on Sunday

The couple, who wed back in 2017, aligned their styles for the evening, looking suave in grey suits. 

Tom also flashed a peek of his chest as he donned an open, spruce satin shirt, which drew attention to a subtle silver chain around his neck. 

Meanwhile screenwriter Dustin, who is 20 years Tom’s senior at 47, cut a dapper figure in a buttoned up grey suit jacket, stopping to sweetly gaze at his husband during the red carpet event. 

Gaze: The couple, who wed back in 2017, aligned their styles for the evening, looking suave in grey suits

Gaze: The couple, who wed back in 2017, aligned their styles for the evening, looking suave in grey suits

Nominee: The diver, 27, is in the running for the esteemed BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award

Nominee: The diver, 27, is in the running for the esteemed BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award

Finery: Tom also flashed a peek of his chest as he donned an open, spruce satin shirt, which drew attention to a subtle silver chain around his neck.

Finery: Tom also flashed a peek of his chest as he donned an open, spruce satin shirt, which drew attention to a subtle silver chain around his neck.

Father-of-one Tom was also joined by his diving partner Matty Lee, with whom he achieved the coveted gold medal back in July. 

Matty, 23, recently took part in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and placed fifth. 

‘The public only see a very serious athlete on the board, I have to be in the game. But I know there’s a funny side to me – there’s a funny side to everyone.

‘And I thought going in there would show everyone exactly who I am, and I hope I’ve done that,’ he said on his exit. 

Dream team: Father-of-one Tom was also joined by his diving partner Matty Lee, with whom he achieved the coveted gold medal back in July

Dream team: Father-of-one Tom was also joined by his diving partner Matty Lee, with whom he achieved the coveted gold medal back in July

Tennis player Emma Raducanu started the year as a virtual unknown and ends it as the odds-on favourite for the BBC award.

In September, she won the US Open, becoming the first British female winner of a grand slam tennis tournament since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, but it was the manner of that victory which made her achievement all the more remarkable.

Raducanu, 19, gave a first glimpse of her potential at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round before being forced to withdraw from her match against Aja Tomljanovic with breathing difficulties.

But no one predicted the fairytale of New York which was about to unfold as she became the first qualifier ever to win a grand slam – and did so without even dropping a set.

She now finds herself one of the biggest names in British sport, which brings with it the pressure to build on that success at Flushing Meadows.

Sensation: Tennis player Emma Raducanu started the year as a virtual unknown and ends it as the odds-on favourite for the BBC award

Sensation: Tennis player Emma Raducanu started the year as a virtual unknown and ends it as the odds-on favourite for the BBC award