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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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AP McCoy wins BBC 2010 Sports Personality of the Year

AP McCoy has been voted BBC 2010 Sports Personality of the Year by viewers.

The public cast votes during the live programme on BBC One, 7–9pm, by telephone. McCoy was presented with the prestigious silver TV camera and tripod trophy by two iconic sporting figures – Andrew Flintoff and Cesc Fabregas.

The live event was the biggest event in the history of Sports Personality – with an audience of over 12,000 filling Birmingham's LG Arena.

In second place was Phil Taylor and Jessica Ennis came third. The three winners beat off competition from Mark Cavendish, Tom Daley, David Haye, Graeme McDowell, Graeme Swann, Lee Westwood, Amy Williams, who were also in the top-10 shortlist of contenders going into the show.

Rafael Nadal won Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. This year has been a record-breaking one for Nadal. Despite starting the year injured and having lost his World No.1 ranking, he regained the top spot after winning his fifth French Open title in June, then went on to take the Wimbledon and the US Open titles. His 2010 US Open win made him the youngest player in the Open era, at 24, to achieve a Career Grand Slam (four grand slam titles, not in the same year), and only the seventh player ever to achieve it.

The Team of the Year award was won by the European Ryder Cup Team, who were presented with the award by Dame Kelly Holmes and David Ginola. They won it in recognition of their outstanding performance back in October, when the 12-man team regained the Ryder Cup from Team USA. Europe triumphed by one point, following a thrilling final day's play that captured the imagination of both golf fans and general sports fans around the world.

David Beckham won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football. Presented by Sir Bobby Charlton. During his time at Manchester United Beckham won six Premier League Titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League. He also won the La Liga Championship and Spanish Super Cup while at Real Madrid. In his senior career so far he has amassed over 450 appearances and scored almost 90 goals, during spells with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy as well as loan spells with Preston North End and AC Milan.

He made his international debut in 1996 aged 21 and has gone on to win 115 caps (an all-time record for an English outfield player) and score 17 goals to date, captaining his country 58 times. Beckham is the only English player to score in three consecutive World Cup Finals.

Theo Walcott and Joe Calzaghe presented the Coach of the Year award to Europe's Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie. This autumn Montgomerie steered his 12-man team to victory in the Ryder Cup. He took on the role of Captain in January 2009 and moulded a formidable team, steering them through a tough tournament and ultimately clinching victory over Team USA.

Tom Daley was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year with the award presented by Zara Philips and Denise Lewis. Completing a hat-trick, as he won in 2007 and 2009, the 16-year-old Devon diver has had a great 2010. He became double Commonwealth Champion in Delhi, winning the 10m individual competition and 10m synchro with his diving partner Max Brick. Daley defeated the Olympic Champion Matt Mitcham in a closely fought individual contest, producing a set of perfect 10s from the judges in the third round.

Damon Hill presented the Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity to Sir Frank Williams. Founder and manager of WilliamsF1 Formula 1 team, Williams has been hooked on racing since the late Fifties and running his own team since the Sixties. Williams sustained a spinal cord injury following a car accident in March 1986 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. Undeterred Williams continued to run his team, with his subsequent achievements acknowledged with a CBE in 1987 and Knighthood in 1999.

The Unsung Hero Award was presented by Linford Christie and Amir Khan, and honours an individual who has given their time and talents for free to enable others to participate in sport. Lance Haggith, of Bromham, Bedford, aged 50, impressed the judges, who chose him from the 15 regional winners, with his dedication to basketball coaching. Lance has been working with children and young people of all abilities, including disabled, vulnerable and disaffected youngsters, to provide support through basketball coaching, for the last 30 years. He coaches youngsters at various teams, is the president of Bedfordshire Basketball Association and also set up two charities to support youngsters' participation in sport – Bounce Back and Sports Traider.

This year's show was hosted by Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey.

LW

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