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Sports Personality of the Year Scott Dann
Scott is Sports Personality of the Year

BBC honours South West sports stars

Sports teams and individuals from across the South West have been honoured at a special ceremony in Plymouth. The event culminated in the unveiling of the BBC South West Sports Personality of 2005.


Plymouth boxer Scott Dann was crowned BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year for the second time at an awards ceremony in Plymouth.

The British Middleweight Boxing Champion won the tile for the second successive year after winning the most votes in a telephone poll.

Dann, who won three British title fights in his home city in 2005 and claimed the Lonsdale Belt outright, received more than 70 per cent of the votes cast.

Andy Priaulx
Andy Priaulx

Second place went to Guernsey driver Andy Priaulx, who won the World Touring Car Championship earlier this year to add to his European title in 2004. Priaux was also the recipient of the BBC South West Motorsport Award.

After winning the World title Andy said: "I am proud that it is my name that will be on the World Championship Trophy. I am proud of being from Guernsey and proud of being British and feel I have done something special for my country."

Currently racing with BMW Motorsport, he is looking to stay with his current sport and 'become the Michael Schumacher of Touring Cars' despite doing a Formula One test for Williams in 2005.

Somerset and England batsman Marcus Trescothick, who had earlier been named as Cricketer of the Year, came third in the public poll.

Marcus Trescothick celebrates a century
Marcus Trescothick celebrates a century

The left-hander had a superb year, scoring more than 1,200 Test runs including four centuries. He played a key role in guiding England to their Ashes victory.

Cricket umpire David Shepherd, who retired from the sport in 2005, was presented with the BBC South West Lifetime Achievement Award.

The former Devon and Gloucestershire player officiated at the top level of international cricket for two decades.

He umpired 92 Test matches and 172 One Day Internationals including three World Cup finals. Shepherd still keeps his home at Instow in North Devon.

Martin Pipe, who trains on the Devon/Somerset border, won the Equestrian Award after becoming champion National Hunt trainer for the 15th time this year.

The award for Young Sportsman of the Year went to 11-year-old Plymouth diving prodigy Thomas Daley.

Thomas was the youngest ever winner of the National Junior Boys Platform title in June 2004 aged just ten. In February this year he added the British Junior Boys Platform title with a score that divers on the senior Grand Prix circuit would envy. 

Full List of BBC award winners:

YOUNGSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Thomas Daley (diver)

EQUESTRIAN AWARD - Martin Pipe (racehorse trainer)

SPORT ON WHEELS AWARD - Andy Priaulx (racing driver)

RUGBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Martin Schusterman (Plymouth Albion)

FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR - Lee Johnson (Yeovil Town)

COACH OF THE YEAR - Graham Dawe (Devon/Plymouth Albion)

INDOOR SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR - Scott Dann (boxer)

CRICKETER OF THE YEAR - Marcus Trescothick (Somerset and England)

DISABLED SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR - Colin Robins

WATERSPORTS AWARD - Aaron Hadlow (kitesurfer)

TEAM OF THE YEAR - Yeovil Town

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - David Shepherd

UNSUNG HERO - Paula Fuller (Langtree Netball Club)

SPORT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - Scott Dann

last updated: 05/12/05
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