Warwickshire and England cricketer Ashley Giles, scooped three top awards at the BBC Midlands Sports Awards 2005 ceremony held at the National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhall, Solihull on 4th December.
The Ashes hero was named ‘Midlands Sports Personality of the Year’, as well as claiming the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award and the ‘World Beaters’ honour along with Warwickshire and England team-mate Ian Bell.
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Ashley, who helped England triumph over the Aussies in last summer’s historic Ashes series, topped the voting by BBC Midlands Today’s viewers to take the top honour.
More than 300 guests, including scores of top Midlands sporting personalities, were present at the glittering event hosted by BBC Midlands Today’s Nick Owen.
Felicity Johnson, from Harborne, picked up the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ award, in recognition of her success in the English Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in only her second full season of full-time amateur golf.
The award for ‘Disabled Sportsperson of the Year’ went to Neil Smith, from Erdington. Neil won four gold medals, and set a new world record, at the World Disability Swimming Championships in Connecticut, USA last July. He was the oldest member of the Great Britain squad at 40 years of age and has been competing for 24 years.
‘Junior Sportsman of the Year’ went to Khalid Saeed, from Moseley, after he became England’s first ever Junior World Boxing Champion, when he won the World Cadet Flyweight title.
Nazir Khan, from Moseley, won the 'BBC Midlands Unsung Hero Award' for 2005. For 15 years, Nazir has been the chairman, coach and driving force behind developing inner city cricket through Attock Cricket Club in Moseley. Over the last two decades the club has progressed from local parks league cricket to becoming a major force in the Warwickshire Cricket League. He is also the Assistant Principal of South Birmingham College.
The winners of the ‘BBC Local Radio Breakthrough Award’, voted for by listeners to BBC Local Radio throughout the West Midlands, were Alex Nelson, from Stoke-on-Trent, and Kim Shaylor, from Worcester.
This year’s induction to the BBC Midlands Sport’s Hall of Fame was Dennis Amiss, for his services to Warwickshire County Cricket Club as a player and Chief Executive over the last 45 years.
Highlights from the Sports Awards will be shown on BBC Midlands Today on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of December 2005.