My Awards

Each year I choose my top sportsman, sportswoman and team of the year for Great Britain and for the world, together with the most exciting or memorable moment of the year.  I have also started making choices from earlier time periods.  Here is the list of my winners and runners-up so far.  For more details on the winners, runners-up and others on my shortlist with reasons for my choices please look at the posts in the blog.  For 2012 and 2013  these posts were at the start of the following year.




Sportsman of the Year

2018 Tai Woffinden (Speedway).  Runners-up: Adam Peaty (Swimming), Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)

2017 Aled Davies (Para-athletics), Runners-up: Adam Peaty (Swimming), Liam Heath (Canoeing)

2016 Adam Peaty  (Swimming)  Runners UpJason Kenny, Mo Farah, Max Whitlock, Ollie Hynd, Adam Peaty and Andy Murray

2015 Adam Peaty (Swimming),   Runners-up: Giles Scott (Sailing), Aled Davies (Para Athletics)

2014 Giles Scott (Sailing):  Runners-up Rory McIlroy (Golf), Adam Peaty (Swimming)

2013 Mo Farah (Athletics) – winner of the 5000m and 10,000m world titles: Runners-Up: Andy Murray (Tennis), Chris Froome (Cycling)

2012 Bradley Wiggins (Cycling) – winner of the Tour de France and Olympic time trial gold: Runners-up: Ben Ainslie (Sailing),Andy Murray (Tennis), Rory McIlroy (Golf), David Weir (Para Athletics), Mo Farah (Athletics)

Sportswoman of the Year

2018 Dina Asher-Smith (Athletics).   Runners-up Kara Adenegan (Para-athletics), Rachel Atherton (Mountain Bike), Vicky Holland (Triathlon)

2017 Bianca Walkden (Taekwondo) Runners-up Elise Christie (Short track speed skating), Hannah Cockroft (Para athletics)

2016 Rachel Atherton (Mountain Bike): Runners-Up Nicola Adams, Laura Kenny, Kadeena Cox, Jade Jones

2015 Lizzie Armitstead (Cycling):  Runners-up Rachel Atherton (Mountain Bike), Hannah Cockroft (Para Athletics)

2014 Hannah Cockroft (Para athletics):  Runners-up Lizzy Yarnold (Skeleton), Charlotte Dujardin (Dressage)

2013  Charlotte Dujardin (Dressage) – unbeaten on Valegro, set a world best score and was European Champion Runners-Up:  Hannah Cockroft (Para athletics), Becky James (Cycling)

2012 Sarah Storey (Para Cycling) – four golds at the Paralympics:  Runners-Up: Charlotte Dujardin (Dressage), Jessica Ennis (Athletics), Ellie Simmonds (Para Swimming), Laura Trott (Cycling)

Team of the Year

2018 GB Women C1 canoe slalom team  (Bethan Forrow, Mallory Franklin, Kimberley Wood).  Runners-up:  GB men’s 4x100m relay athletics team, England women’s netball team.

2017 GB men’s 4x100m relay athletics team (C.J.Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake).    Runners-up the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay swimming team, England women’s cricket team.

2016  Saracens Rugby Union Team  Runners-up: the England rugby team, Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jody Cundy (Paralympic cycling Team Sprint).

2015 Great Britain Davis Cup Tennis Team   Runners-up: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (Rowing), the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay swimming team

2014 Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (Rowing):  Runners-up England women’s rugby union team, GB women 4×100 relay team (athletics)

2013  Great Britain Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit Squad world champions and world record setters again: Runners-Up: Sprinter Sacre (Horse Racing), GB Men’s Squash Team

2012 Frankel (Horse Racing) – winner of all five races to finish his career unbeaten and achieved the highest rating in history. Runners-Up: Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins (Rowing), Women’s team pursuit cycling, England women’s rugby union team, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall (Bowls)



Sportsman of the Year

2018 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya – Athletics),    Runners-up:   Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine – Boxing), Marcel Hirscher (Austria – Skiing)

2017 Brent Lakatos (Canada – Para athletics), Runners-up Nino Schurter (Switzerland – Mountain Biking), Tomoyuki Matsuda (Japan – Shooting), Lasha Talakhadze (Georgia – Weightlifting)

2016 Martin Fourcade (France – Biathlon)   Runners-Up: Ihar Boki (Belarus -Para Swimming), Michael Jung, (Germany – Three Day Event), Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa -Athletics), Peter Prevc (Slovenia – Ski-Jumping)

2015 Novak Djokovic (Serbia – Tennis):  Runners-up Ma Long (China – Table Tennis) , Ihar Boki (Belarus – Para Swimming)

2014 Renaud Lavillenie (France – Athletics):  Runners-up Sebastian Brendel (Germany – Canoeing), Giles Scott (England – Sailing)

2013 – Teddy Riner (France-Judo) won a 6th world title and unbeaten since 2010:Runners-Up: Peyton Manning (USA – American Football), Sun Yang (China – Swimming)

2012  – Lionel Messi (Argentina -Football) – 91 goals in the year:  Runners up: David Rudisha (Kenya – Athletics), Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan – Weightlifting) , Sun Yang (China – Swimming), Sergei Martynov (Belarus – Shooting)

Sportswoman of the Year

2018 Simone Biles (USA – Gymnastics).   Runners-up:  Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic – skiing and snowboarding) , Jessica Fox (Australia – Canoeing)

2017 Evgenia Medvedeva (Russia – Ice Skating), Bianca Walkden (Great Britain – Taekwondo), Cecilia Brækhus (Norway – Boxing), Kim Rhode (USA – Shooting)

2016 Katie Ledecky (USA – Swimming)  Runners-Up: Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland – Athletics), Rachel Atherton (Great Britain – Mountain Bike), Simone Biles (USA – Gymnastics), Katinka Hosszu (Hungary – Swimming)

2015  Gwen Jorgensen (USA – Triathlon),  Runners Up: Katie Ledecky (USA – Swimming), Anita Włodarczyk (Poland – Athletics)

2014 Katie Ledecky (USA – Swimming):  Runners up Tatiana Kashirina (Russia – Weightlifting), Sandra Perkovic (Croatia – Athletics)

2013  Kaori Icho (Japan – Wrestling) – won her 8th world title and 154th consecutive fight, an  all-time record:Runners-Up:  Tatyana McFadden (USA – Para athletics), Tora Berger (Norway – Biathlon)

2012 Marianne Vos (Netherlands – Cycling) Olympic and world road race champion, Giro winner and world cyclo-cross champion: Runners-up: Kaori Icho (Japan – Wrestling), Missy Franklin (USA – Swimming), Katie Taylor (Ireland – Boxing), Hannah Kearney (USA – Freestyle Skiing)

Team of the Year:  

2018 The Netherlands women’s hockey team,   Runners-up: Boston Red Sox (Baseball), Dublin Gaelic Football team

2017 Zenit Kazan Volleyball Team,   Runners-Up: The Netherlands women’s hockey team, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Canada – Figure Skating)

2016 The USA Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team   Runners-Up: China table tennis team, Mercedes F1 team, Olympique Lyonnais Women’s Football Team

2015 Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (New Zealand –  49er Sailing),  Runners-up: Mercedes (Formula One), Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina (Russia – Synchronised Swimming)

2014 Italy’s Women Foil Fencing Team:   Runners Up Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (NZ – Rowing), Jennifer Jones’s Canadian Curling Team

2013 Vakıfbank İstanbul Women’s Volleyball Team (Turkey)

Runners-Up: Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (Australia – Sailing), Bayern Munich (Germany- Football)

2012 Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (New Zealand – Rowing) – unbeaten for four years and set world best by six seconds

Runners-Up: USA Women’s 4x100m relay team (athletics), THW Kiel (Germany -Handball)

Sports Highlight of the Year

2015  Japan beat South Africa with a last-minute try to cause the biggest upset in the history of the rugby union world cup.

2014  Grand Depart of the Tour de France – millions of cycling fans line the roads of Yorkshire creating an unforgettable spectacle.

2013 The Rugby League World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand – the Kiwis snatch victory with the last kick of the game.

2012 Super Saturday at the Olympics – Britain win golds in many sports culminating in three in athletics in one evening.


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