Jade Jones is the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality Of The Year 2012
The award was announced at the prestigious BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality Of The Year 2012 awards ceremony held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the evening of Monday, 10 December.
At the age of 19, Jade Jones from Flint in north Wales won Britain’s first ever Olympic gold in Taekwondo, in the women’s featherweight 57kg category at the London 2012 Games. Having begun the sport at the age of eight years old, she credits her granddad Martin with making her the success she is today.
Welsh Rugby Union and Newport Gwent Dragons blind-side flanker Dan Lydiate came in second place and cyclist Geraint Thomas was third.
Also honoured at the event were the Team of the Year, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award and the Carwyn James Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman of the year.
The winners of the main awards are:
Team of the Year: Welsh Rugby Union Grand Slam Team
The Welsh Rugby Union team won the Team of the Year award after their Grand Slam triumph, their third Six Nations clean sweep in eight years.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Lynn Davies
The 70-year-old took the Olympic long jump title at the 1964 Tokyo Games, making the best of the wet and windy conditions to beat world record holder and reigning champion Ralph Boston with a jump of 8.07 metres. The personal best of Lynn ‘The Leap’, as he came to be known, was 8.23m - set in 1968 in Berne - and stood as the Welsh record for 34 years and also the British record until Chris Tomlinson jumped 8.27m in Tallahassee on April, 13 2002.
Carwyn James Junior Sportsman of the Year: Ieuan Lloyd (swimming)
Ieuan Lloyd, 19, competed at London 2012 in the 200m freestyle, narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-finals, and also as part of the 4x200m relay team that finished sixth in the final.
Carwyn James Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Elinor Barker (cycling)
Elinor Barker, 18, claimed the Junior Time Trial World Championship on the road in New Zealand and the Junior European Individuals Pursuit and Team Pursuit titles on the track in Portugal during 2012.
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