Wilkinson is BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2003
Wilkinson, England's fly-half, was tonight crowned BBC Sports
Personality of the Year.
The Princess Royal presented the trophy to Wilkinson for being the
sportsman who most captured the public imagination in 2003.
is the first rugby player ever to win the coveted award.
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.
at the pinnacle of his career he has gained a reputation as one
of the best fly-half players in the world.
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
to everybody who voted, the viewers and my friends and family for
helping me through and sticking by me.
team have given me the chance to realise my dreams so it's big thanks
to those guys over there in the grey suits."
victorious Rugby World Cup captain Martin Johnson came in
second place, with last year's winner athlete Paula Radcliffe
coming in third.
Steve Redgrave was voted the BBC Golden Sports Personality.
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.
award was presented to Sir Steve by legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros.
Sir Steve Redgrave made history when he won his fifth Olympic gold
announced his retirement after completing the remarkable achievement
at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
was knighted at the turn of the year soon after picking up the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year 2000 award.
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.
Campese presented this award.
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.
Football Team Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson presented this award.
Navratilova, the greatest womens 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.
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.
Helen Rollason Award, presented for outstanding courage and
achievement in the face of adversity, was awarded to former boxer
boxing career ended when he suffered a blood clot in the brain after
a super-middleweight bout with Chris Eubank in 1991.
all odds, and in spite of undergoing five operations on his brain,
Michael has made a remarkable recovery.
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.
Hagler presented this award.
Unsung Hero Award was new to the competition this year.
honours an individual who has given their time and talents for free
to enable others to participate in sport.
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.
founding the club in 1990, Nobby has formed, coached and managed
eight football teams, ranging from Under 6s to Under 18s.
has been kit manager, bus driver, coach, manager and a role model
to all the children he has worked with. Paul Gascoigne presented
swimmer Kate Haywood was BBC Young Sports Personality
of the Year - selected from nominations made to CBBC's Blue
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.
total she has held 14 British swimming records and won gold in the
50m breaststroke at this year's European Junior Championships.
Wilkinson presented the outstanding young swimming star with her
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.
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.
of the Decades went to the England Football World Cup-winning
team of 1966.
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.
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
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.
judges were: Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Garth Crooks and Tanni
unsung heroes - winners announced (12.12.03)
Sports Personality of the Year celebrates 50th birthday (20.11.03)
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