Zara Phillips wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2006
Zara Phillips has been voted BBC Sports Personality Of The Year by viewers -
35 years after her mother HRH The Princess Royal received the same accolade.
Voting took place during the live programme on BBC One between 7 and
9pm by phone and text.
Zara Phillips - who holds both world and European equestrian titles on her
horse Toytown - was presented with the prestigious silver TV camera and tripod
In second place was golfer Darren Clarke. Gymnast Beth Tweddle came
Another vote on the night was for Overseas Personality of the Year which was
decided by the studio audience - it went to tennis star Roger Federer.
BBC Radio Five Live listeners voted St Helens Rugby League team as Team of
the Year as a result of their treble-winning success. Captain Paul Sculthorpe
was in the studio to receive the award on behalf of the team.
Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg won the Lifetime Achievement award for his
contribution to sport. Former tennis star and BBC commentator Boris Becker
was delighted to present the award.
Coach of the Year was awarded to Daniel Anderson for his success in guiding
St Helens Rugby League team, completing a memorable double for
the club at the awards.
The Helen Rollason Award for courage and achievement went to snooker player
Paul Hunter who passed away in October after losing his battle with
Fellow snooker player Jimmy White presented his widow Lindsey with the award, in
recognition of Paul's character, bravery and determination to continue
playing while trying to beat the disease.
Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott was named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the
He beat England number one table tennis star Paul Drinkhall and athlete
Elizabeth Clegg to win the category, awarded to a youngster of great talent
who is under 17 years of age on 1 January 2006.
The award was decided by a panel of judges that included BBC Sport presenter
John Inverdale, Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere and representatives from
the Youth Sport Trust.
Previous winners include footballer Wayne Rooney in
2002, tennis player Andy Murray in 2004, and athlete Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
Little Britain's David Walliams was presented with a surprise one-off award in
recognition of his outstanding achievement of swimming the English Channel
and raising more than £1m in aid of Sport Relief. His co-star Matt Lucas presented the award.
The Unsung Hero Award honours an individual who has given their time and
talents for free to enable others to participate in sport.
Val Hanover from
North Shropshire Special Olympics Club won this award, supported this year by
Tesco. Alan Shearer and Owen Hargreaves presented this award live on stage.
Val impressed the judges with her great commitment to people with learning
disabilities, firmly believing in the power of sport to enrich lives. She is
also a passionate fund-raiser.