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Jonny Wilkinson is BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2003

Jonny Wilkinson, England's fly-half, was tonight crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

HRH The Princess Royal presented the trophy to Wilkinson for being the sportsman who most captured the public imagination in 2003.

He is the first rugby player ever to win the coveted award.

It has been an incredible year for Jonny Wilkinson, climaxing in England's victory in the Rugby World Cup in Sydney last month, when he scored a dramatic, last-minute drop goal to seal victory over Australia and claim the Webb Ellis trophy.

Now at the pinnacle of his career he has gained a reputation as one of the best fly-half players in the world.

Jonny Wilkinson with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
On receiving the award, Jonny said: "I am honoured to be part of this great team, and to be led by a man like Martin Johnson was an honour.

"Thanks to everybody who voted, the viewers and my friends and family for helping me through and sticking by me.

"The team have given me the chance to realise my dreams so it's big thanks to those guys over there in the grey suits."

England's victorious Rugby World Cup captain Martin Johnson came in second place, with last year's winner athlete Paula Radcliffe coming in third.

Sir Steve Redgrave was voted the BBC Golden Sports Personality.

This is an award for this special 50th anniversary year, voted for by the public, which pays tribute to the all-time Sports Personality from the previous winners of the last 49 years.

The award was presented to Sir Steve by legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros.

Rower Sir Steve Redgrave made history when he won his fifth Olympic gold medal.

He announced his retirement after completing the remarkable achievement at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

He was knighted at the turn of the year soon after picking up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2000 award.

England's victorious Rugby Team was Team of the Year for achieving the most notable team performance in British sport and returning victorious from Australia with the coveted Webb Ellis Cup as well as winning the Six Nations championship in 2003.

David Campese presented this award.

England Rugby Team Head Coach Clive Woodward was Coach of the Year for making the biggest impact in British sport, after guiding England to a Six Nations Grand Slam and the World Cup.

England Football Team Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson presented this award.

Martina Navratilova, the greatest women’s tennis player in the history of the sport, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the major impact she has made to the world of sport during her remarkable career.

The award was presented to Martina by her mixed doubles partner Leander Paes, who is recuperating from a brain lesion, and with whom earlier this year she won a record-equalling 20th Wimbledon title. This win saw her join Billie-Jean King as the only two players to win 20 titles at the All England Club.

The Helen Rollason Award, presented for outstanding courage and achievement in the face of adversity, was awarded to former boxer Michael Watson.

Michael's boxing career ended when he suffered a blood clot in the brain after a super-middleweight bout with Chris Eubank in 1991.

Against all odds, and in spite of undergoing five operations on his brain, Michael has made a remarkable recovery.

Earlier this year, he faced one of his toughest challenges – The London Marathon – raising thousands of pounds for the Brain and Spine foundation which has supported him during his illness.

Marvin Hagler presented this award.

The Unsung Hero Award was new to the competition this year.

It honours an individual who has given their time and talents for free to enable others to participate in sport.

Bettws local legend Nobby Woodcock, 63, won the award from a total of 14 regional winners from around the UK, for his tireless work at Real Bettws Football Club in Newport.

Since founding the club in 1990, Nobby has formed, coached and managed eight football teams, ranging from Under 6s to Under 18s.

He has been kit manager, bus driver, coach, manager and a role model to all the children he has worked with. Paul Gascoigne presented this award.

Teenage swimmer Kate Haywood was BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year - selected from nominations made to CBBC's Blue Peter.

Kate, 16, is the youngest swimmer ever to represent England at The Commonwealth Games and won bronze in a British record time in the women's relay.

In total she has held 14 British swimming records and won gold in the 50m breaststroke at this year's European Junior Championships.

Jonny Wilkinson presented the outstanding young swimming star with her award.

This year's Overseas Personality of the Year was Lance Armstrong - the foreign sportsman who has made the greatest impression in the world of sport this year.

Armstrong claimed his fifth consecutive Tour de France title, becoming only the second rider to win five Tours in a row and one of five men to have won five Tours in total.

Team of the Decades went to the England Football World Cup-winning team of 1966.

Representatives from each of the past winners of the Team of the Year award voted for their outstanding team of the last 50 years. Sir Bobby Robson presented the award.

All the results were broadcast live tonight (Sunday 14 December) on BBC ONE's special, 50th anniversary programme of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Notes to Editors

The judges

Charlie Sale (Daily Mail); Dominic Hart (Mirror); Steve Waring (Sun); Richard Williams (Guardian); Simon Greenberg (Evening Standard); Rodney Hinds (The Voice) and Alison Kervin (Times) selected Overseas Personality, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Young Sports Personality.

Other judges were: Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Garth Crooks and Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Previous releases

Sports' unsung heroes - winners announced (12.12.03)

BBC Sports Personality of the Year celebrates 50th birthday (20.11.03)

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