Hamilton our top Sports Personality again
For the second year running the world's youngest Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has won the BBC East Sports Personality of the Year Award 2008.
Lewis Hamilton with the winner's trophy
The top prize was the climax of the evening as the sporting achievements of men and women from across the East of England were celebrated on Monday night.
This year's BBC East awards ceremony, at The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, recognised the amazing efforts of the region's Olympians and Paralympians, its biggest stars and its Unsung Heroes.
BBC East Sports Awards Producer Shaun Peel said: "What happened in Beijing dominated the sporting year and our awards captured that buzz, but it was also a great year of titles and trophies for many of our clubs and individuals.
Victoria Pendleton with her trophy
"Lewis Hamilton triumphed again but there was only a split second between him and the other stars on the podium."
She won the award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement - a reward for her consistency and excellence on the international stage which was capped with a gold medal in the velodrome in Beijing.
Cambridgeshire gymnast Louis Smith, the crown prince of the pommel horse, was the other runner-up. In Beijing, he won Britain's first gymnastics medal for 80 years. Louis's coach Paul Hall won Coach of the Year, and his stable-mate Daniel Keatings was named Young Sports Personality of the year.
Liz Yelling and Paula Radcliffe
There was a lovely moment towards the end of the event, hosted by BBC Look East presenter Stewart White. Bedford athletics coach Alex Stanton was recognised for his outstanding contribution to regional sport, and his former pupils Paula Radcliffe and Liz Yelling were there to present his award.
"He had no idea. It was really difficult getting him there and keeping the whole thing a secret, but it was worth it to see his reaction," added Shaun.
His club will be awarded a £2,500 bursary and he is invited to the main BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards where he could win the national Unsung Hero title.
BBC East Sports Award Winners
The winners of the BBC East Sports Awards were decided by a panel of seven judges, following nominations from county awards, BBC Sports Editors, and in the case of Unsung Hero, members of the public.
The judging panel was: Shaun Peel, BBC East TV, Producer, London 2012 and BBC East Sports Awards; Geoff Doyle, Sports Editor, BBC Radio Northampton; Mark Matthews, Sports Editor, BBC Radio Suffolk; Karen Pearce, Member of the East Regional Sports Board and Assistant Director of Sport at Cambridge University; Marcus Tinworth, Member of the BBC Regional Advisory Council; Paul Stimpson, Sports Editor, Cambridge News; Steve Fallon, Manager of Histon FC and former professional footballer.
last updated: 10/12/2008 at 15:48