Monday, 15 December 2014

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for 2014.

After a gap of six years, the Hertfordshire-born
Hamilton regained the Formula 1 world title, edging
out his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a
battle that went all the way down to the final race
of the season in Abu Dhabi.
The 29-year-old won 11 of the 19 races and he
was presented with his award by retired rugby
player Jonny Wilkinson.
An overjoyed Hamilton said: "I am so
speechless. Firstly, I really want to say a huge
congratulations to all the champions. I'm so proud
and honoured to be among so much British
sporting talent.
"A massive thank you to all the people that called
in, I really was not expecting it because dude
(McIlroy), you had such an incredible year.
"Tonight has been a huge reminder of just how
many great sportsmen we have here. I never
thought I would be up here standing with the
greats. It's just a dream."
In second spot was golfer Rory McIlory who, during
a momentous year, won two Major titles – The
Open Championship at Hoylake and PGA
Championship in Kentucky.
The Northern Irishman was also part of the
European team that successfully defended the
Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.
The 25-year-old ended the season as world No 1,
having also topped the European Order of Merit
during an incredible 2014.
Third place went to athlete and mother Jo Pavey
who, at the age of 41, collected her first major gold
medal by winning the 10,000m at the European
Championships in Zurich.
Cristiano Ronaldo received the Overseas
Sportsperson of the Year Award from his Real
Madrid teammate Gareth Bale who was also part of
the La Liga side that lifted the Champions League
trophy in May.
England women’s rugby union team, which
triumphed at the World Cup in France where they
beat Canada in the Paris final during August,
collected the Team of the Year Award.
Young Sports Personality of the Year is gymnast
Claudia Fragapane who won four gold medals at
the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
The 16-year-old from Bristol collected her prize at
Glasgow’s Hydro, the same venue where she
performed with such aplomb wearing England
colours during the summer.
Coach of the Year went to Paul McGinley who
masterminded Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph in
The Helen Rollason Award went en bloc to the
competitors of this year’s inaugural Invictus
Games, held in London.
This international event was introduced for injured,
wounded and sick servicemen and women around
the globe.
Jill Stidever was recognised for her work with
children who have special needs. The 77-year-old
from Leicestershire was presented with the Get
Inspired Unsung Hero Award having spent more
than three-quarters of her life teaching thousands
of children to swim.
In addition to her time coaching in the water,
Stidever also helps to raise funds and devotes
around 40 hours a week to the cause.
And Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy was emotional
as he picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award
from Prince Harry.


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