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It is always a huge night for British sport.
This year, it is bigger than ever. There are a record 16 contenders for
the 2016. The Sports Personality of the Year will be crowned later
# Reeds driftin' on by you know how I feel
# Butterflies all havin' fun you know what I mean
# Sleep in peace when the day is done
# And this old world is a new world
Something special is happening! Andy Murray has done it! Great
Britain have won the Olympic gold-medal!
My goodness me, that is utterly extraordinary!
Usain Bolt gets it! History, history, history, history!
What a screamer! About his superiority, Mo Farah wins the Gold.
# Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Welcome to the 2016 BBC sports personality of the. Now, give it up
for the three Amigos. Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and the main man, Mr
Gary Lineker. Have a great night, Birmingham.
APPLAUSE. Good evening and welcome to the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year 2016. I hope you're feeling good after
that superb opening from It's a genuine privilege to be
here tonight inside the Genting Arena, where 12,000 fans
and over 1,000 sports stars have gathered to celebrate one
of the best British sporting years The kit is a massive chance for
everybody who loves sport celebrated.
2016 has been a sporting year we'll never forget.
The Olympics, the Paralympics, the Euros, an improbable Leicester City
It was the year in which the impossible became possible.
Tonight, we'll relive all those wonderful sporting moments.
We'll see triumph, emotion and inspiration mixed
with a little perspiration before we crown
the BBC Sports Personality of the Year just before 9pm.
Overall, we'll give out seven awards - with
the most coveted prize, this special trophy.
Well, that's down to you, it's your vote that
will decide who takes it home for Christmas.
There are three ways to vote for your favourite.
You can use your landline, your mobile
On the web, it's free, but to do that, you first need to register.
And you can do so right now by going to bbc.co.uk/spoty.
If you do vote online - you can vote just once - and if you
want to use your landline or mobile, these are the numbers
you need, as one of these 16 sporting superstars will become
the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Here are the 16 for 2016 and the details you need to vote
for your Sports Personality of the Year - when the vote opens
Calls cost 15p, plus any network access charge.
From a mobile, call 62282 and then add the number
Or from a landline, call 09015 22 82,
and then again add the number of your favourite.
For triathlete Alistair Brownlee, add 03.
For Paralympic dressage rider Sophie Christiansen, add 04.
For Paralympic athlete and cyclist Kadeena Cox, add 05.
For fellow cyclist Laura Kenny, add 08.
For hockey star Kate Richardson-Walsh, add 11.
For show jumper Nick Skelton, add 12.
For Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, add 13.
And for golfer Danny Willett, add 16.
Or to vote for free online, go to bbc.co.uk/SPOTY.
Do not vote yet, as your vote will not count and you
Voting details are online and also available to view on
And remember, voting will only open once we've seen
Rio de Janeiro, what a city and what a summer it was!
At the Olympics, Team GB enjoyed its best performance
They won 67 medals - two more than London - to finish second in the
And the man who started the gold rush is our first contender
I didn't even know that existed. I have never seen any of these photos
before! I was very small, a bad haircut, an average kid. Not much
different from now really. I hate that photo, it appears everywhere.
Here he is, Great Britain's Adam Peaty, the world-record holder, the
World Champion, the Commonwealth champion, the European champion. He
needs is to join the most exclusive club in the world. It was crazy. It
gives me so many goose bumps thinking of that arena. They don't
know what was going through my head, I was possessed. I knew I was on
good form and I did a world record in the heats, but you never know.
Peaty, big turn on the water, on his shoulder. I saw him, I was half a
second ahead. There are oceans of clear water between Adam Peaty and
the rest of the world. I knew that I had it in the bag.
37 macro takes Olympic Gold or Great Britain by an absolute street and
wonderful world record, 57.1 three. It is unbelievable. And I went the
wrong way as well, I remember that bit!
The first Team GB Gold medal was a huge honour, to wrap up flag around
you is incredible. What a guy.
And we'll be speaking to Adam in a moment, once we've
met our second contender, who certainly packs a punch.
Because after becoming the first female boxer in history to
win an Olympic gold in London, she became the first female
There are no maps for the road never travelled. Only stop signs and
plenty of those. She can't, they said. Nicola Adams
has just made history as the Olympic champion.
But she dragged out -- but she drowned out the noise. You out there
by yourself is lonely. Just you, you and the echoes, stories, legends.
I'm the greatest! Whispered reminders.
The fast, be first. Be tough, reveal nothing but your smile.
The reigning Olympic champion at last a World Champion!
Follow your heart. The Olympic Gold medal fight is about to get under
way. Great variety shown by Adams.
Dancing silent steps upon fresh ground. That is wonderful. Mastering
the sweet science. And sweetest of all, the victories.
Nicola Adams lets out a triumphant roar! The histories. Fantastic
performance to put her name in history.
Smile. The first woman to win two Olympic titles in the boxing ring.
And do it like no one before. Olympic gold medallists
Adam Peaty and Nicola Adams. Let's start with you, Adam Henry you
kicked it off for Team GB in Rio. He went into your final massive
favourite, you would have thought pressure and nurse Angie smashed the
world record. I don't know, I just swam two lens, simple as that. It is
eight years of 4am starts, going to bed at 10:30 p.m.. That race was won
before I went out to Rio, it was keeping cool and getting Team GB off
to a good start. Massively proud to be British and no better way than to
get the first Gold medal of the Games.
APPLAUSE. That was great, it started the ball rolling. How different is
it at an Olympics rather than any other competition? I don't know, the
Olympics is something that has been with me since 2012, you talk about
legacy and I took away that legacy of swimming, not swimming, but
seeing people winning those Gold medals. Matt Jamison got the silver
medal and Becky in 2008. There was something that I saw the opening
ceremony and I wanted to be there one day and I took that to every
race and here I'm talking in front of you and getting world records. It
is all about giving back now and hopefully getting the other titles
under my belt. What a massive privilege to stand here in front of
you and thank you for the support you have given these last year's.
You have a huge amount of support, including from your Nan. She
supported you every step of the way, and your parents, for flying out,
good luck to you. Nicola, you did it again. What was it like? Was it
harder, defending the title? Yes, it was a lot harder. Everybody is
coming for you, I was ranked number one going into the Olympics this
time, everybody wants to be an Olympic champion. It was tough, but
I got the job done. Now you are a double Olympic champion, 92 years
since a boxer from Britain defended their title at the Olympics, was at
one of your motivations? Yes. I wanted to create history again by
becoming a double Olympic champion. Every time I step in the ring I want
to be able to inspire the next generation. I have been able to do
that every time. I would like to say thank you to everybody that has come
out tonight, Birmingham! Started training for four years' time yet? I
don't know yet! Who knows. Maybe. Adam, Nicola, stay here -
because in a moment, another Olympic gold medallist
will be joining us - Gabby. Yes, next up is an athlete
who took less than two hours to achieve twice what no British
gymnast had managed in 120 years. So let's relive the precision, poise
and power of the man I just try to be normal, a normal
day. I had a good sleep, breakfast, stretch, do what I practised. I try
to keep it as normal as possible. It did not feel like a special day.
Max Whitlock, the first of two macro finals.
I use floor to warmly up to be ready for the pommel horse. I was hopeful
of getting a medal, but what happened next was unreal.
He knows he just needs to land this. What a performance. Great Britain's
Max Whitlock is the floor Olympic champion.
I don't feel emotional a lot, but that hit me, it was such a big
surprise. Our first Olympic champion in
gymnastics. In 40 minutes, he will be back to try and get his hands on
another gold medal. I went backstage and sat with my
medal for a couple of minutes, trying to make it sink in and
realise what I had done. There was not much time to enjoy it, I knew I
had not finished. A chance now on, Wee Course. In an
hour, Max Whitlock, double Olympic champion.
You train that long for the many years, you never think it will
happen. You always believe it is possible.
Ladies and gentlemen - give a big hand for Max Whitlock!
You would if you could! You are joining esteemed company, the trio
of firsts, 120 years, rate Britain waited for its first Olympic
gymnastics gold medal, and you got to into hours, phenomenal
achievement. When you were a little lad and you first went into the gym
in Hemel Hempstead, did you dare to dream that big? I did not. My
Olympic dream came when I was 17, when I stepped up to the senior
level, I thought, what is possible? Up until that age, I started at
seven, for ten years I was living a dream, love and the sport and doing
my best. You have shown a generation of kids what is possible now, and
there are so many budding Max Whitlock fans out there. It is
exciting, it has been incredible, it has been an amazing journey. We
could never have thought we would be here ten years ago. Hopefully the
future can be bright. I always say that success breeds success, so
hopefully what we are doing well inspire the next generation. You
love a bit of planting, but how else has life changed? You are so
recognisable, going out for food is problematic? It is good fun. The
recognition has gone up hugely. Don't be modest! I walked out of a
restaurant in London and got a standing ovation. As a gymnast, it
is so unheard-of, and for us it is such an honour to be here and to
have achieved what we have. It is the whole team, it is amazing. An
extraordinary achievement. Adam Peaty, Nicola
Adams and Max Whitlock. It is always summer somewhere.
England's picketers chased the sun. In South Africa they glowed
gloriously. Series secured. Venture further, like Joanna concert in
Melbourne, into the Australian open semifinals, beaten by Angellica
Bell. For the men, a familiar final, a familiar order, for now. For Jamie
Murray and Bruno Suarez, a perfect start. A first grand slam singles
title for Gordon Reid. North, follow the arrows, the World Championships
for Gary Anderson, Scott Thwaites and Trina Gulliver. Ronnie
O'Sullivan relaunched, the masters' master. The Super Bowl turned 50,
the Broncos had a farewell party for Peyton Manning. Carl Frampton
against Scott Quigg. Another night of the jackal. Sport -- spot kicks
and acrobatics, League Cup victories.
The weather tides of March. In the shadows of Ballsbridge, Cambridge
are sinking. Oxford's women and Cambridge's men
chose the right time. Near the source, a chop spring. Five golden
riders in London. Labs of honour in the World Championships. A more
trivial pursuit still helped raise more than ?72 million for sport
He like this! He has got a hole in one! There is tension here as Great
Britain and Sweden fight it out for the Olympic medal. It looks very
good. It will check up next to the pin. All of Great Britain is holding
the putter. Justin Rose takes Olympic gold.
Earlier in the golfing year, a Yorkshireman travelled to Augusta
more in hope than expectation of being fitted with a green jacket.
However, Sheffield's Danny Willett belied his
underdog odds and wrote his own masterful story.
Let me tell you a story about Danny, the champion of the world. Made of
Sheffield steel and forged through hours of hard work on a Yorkshire
hillside. He would chip and putt from dawn till dusk, daring to
dream. Many years later, on an April afternoon, Danny sensed this might
be his day. He has got that look in his eye.
He looked at Jordan, who stood in his way. But at amen Corner the
golfing gods frowned. That is water.
Danny faced a test of nerve like no other.
Take a deep breath. Follow the sun, Danny Willett! In control of his own
fate. His head and his hands were steady.
The biggest pot of his life, in it goes. Is the green jacket to be his?
Indeed. The boy was ready. Just like that, he had realised his
dream. As a master in green. That is the story of Danny, the champion of
the world. A green day indeed as told
by Mr Golf, Peter Allis. But before our Masters
champion joins us, we turn to another
Yorkshireman who's had an interesting relationship with his
brother this year. In August, our next
contender Alistair Brownlee defended his
Olympic Triathlon title. But after
beating Jonny to that gold, it was the helping hand he gave
him in Mexico which has become the most wonderful moment
from this wonder year. I don't there are any siblings that
know each other sometimes. But on the whole, we get on pretty well. We
started competing as five, six-year-old. Doing cross-country,
running around the playing field. Somewhere along that path, you are
competing against each other at the Olympic Games. To stand on the
Olympic start line and have a joke with each other, wish each other
best. That is a special thing, you should never take it for granted.
They hit the waves. He is the finest we have ever seen.
It will be a glorious golden 44 Alistair Brownlee. The Olympic
triathlon champion for the second time.
Dramatic scenes as the Olympic champion carries his younger brother
towards the podium. The Brownlee brothers arm and arm. He is dragging
him across the line, pushing him home.
please welcome our likely lads from Yorkshire,
The Masters champion, 20 years after the last British golfer one that
prestigious green jacket. Jordan Spieth was well ahead going into the
final round, when Billy you aware that he collapsed, and did you could
win? Because a birdie on 13, and I knew we had trouble at ten and 11.
15 was a moment. He chipped in for an eagle. I looked at the
leaderboard, he had dropped from five to two. That is the moment you
realise you are leading the Masters. You have got to step up and keep
playing well. It is extraordinary, your preparation was far from ideal,
you were the last player to register because your wife was just giving
birth to Zachariah. It was doubtful that he would play in it. It is the
year of the underdog. He was due on the Sunday. We always said that if
he had not come along, I would stay at home. He came early and let me
get out there. I registered last. Fate, you never know. I suppose you
pop the green jacket out of the wardrobe now and again? It is just
hanging up. I had a few quid on you, so thank you! Well played!
He never shares his tips! Huge congratulations. Look at the support
here on retaining your Olympic gold medal! We will discuss that first. A
lot of people want to hear about your brother. You said that the gold
medal was even sweeter than London. A key reasons. We all knew early on
that heat was going to be a big issue, it is always going to be
difficult for a pasty Yorkshire man. The second time around, a bit older,
having a younger brother getting a bit closer, and just getting older,
it is hard to retain. Crossing the finish line to feeling like I had
dealt with it over the last year, ankle reconstruction, everyday
getting up tired and feeling like I could not go training again, and
crossing the finish line, as a personal thing it felt most
litigant. You felt him snapping at your heels. You referred to the
pasty Yorkshire man, you might be referring to heat exhaustion. We saw
that in Mexico, the final race of the series, he is ahead of you,
Jonny, you are coming around the corner and you see him staggering
and stumbling. This is before the watershed but you
can probably lip-read! I will not repeat it right now. First thing is
a caring older brother along the lines of, you, profanity, idiots! At
which point, it's a split-second decision and there is no time and
I'd pick him up. Get him towards the finish line. As I go further down
the straight, I work out the points situation and to win, Jonny still
has to get a good amount of points to get first or second. I looked
behind to see the other guys to see if they will catch us up and
swearing more to get him at the finish line. We get to the finish
line and I pushed across the finish line so he is in front of me, not
just faced first! You never thought, I might sprint past? It was all
about incredible brotherly love, well done, Alistair and good luck
tonight. Good luck tonight - Danny Willett
and Alistair Brownlee. Across the line and the Gold medal
goes to Great Britain, Olympic champions again. Callum Skinner
brings it home for Britain. Is it Britain or Australia? It is
Britain in a world time! Towards the line! Silver, Rebecca
James. Gold for Great Britain. They've smashed the world record.
Spectacular silver from Callum Skinner. Mark Cavendish has a silver
medal and it's a richly deserved one. As she got the legs to hold her
up off? Can she get it on the line? She claims the Bronze medal in the
women's sprint. Has Becky James got the speed? So close! Becky James
wins her second silver medal in Rio. Team GB's Olympic track cycling
machine is an awesome sight. In Rio, they won 11 medals,
made up of six gold, four silver and two bronze and our next two
contenders are very much the king and queen of that
all-conquering team. Has this been the craziest year of
your life, Laura? Pretty crazy, yes, but good crazy. A bit of Olympics
and a bit of a wedding. Laura Trott! It must have been exhausting, Jason.
Oh, yes. Kenny! Laura, you are now the most
successful British female Olympian of all time, what an achievement!
Yes, that is more than I could ever have dreamt of.
Laura Trott, the first British woman ever to win three Olympic Gold
medals! The end of the women's omnium, and
less than half of the way to the Olympic Gold.
The most successful female Olympian of all time, Laura Trott!
I bet there were wild celebrations when you got back?
Yes, something like that. Jason Cummings you had a remarkable summer
in Rio, how'd you sum it up? It was not bad, I suppose. Jason
Kenny, Great Britain are in the lead and the Gold medal goes to Great
Britain! The sprint is on, Kenny at the front, Gold medal number five.
On assuming, yet unstoppable! That Kieran was dramatic.
Well, it was for me. Jason Kenny, can he claim a sixth Gold medal?
Here we go! Faces being disqualified. We have to hope that
was not Jason Kenny. The riders can stay in the race, it
is what they've announced. What a relief! Under way and Jason Kenny
has work to do. He has to go round the outside. Jason Kenny has got
its! It's a golden hat-trick in Rio! A British record equalling six Gold
medals! Shall we take the dogs for it work?
Yes, can do. I will get the code. Jason, six Olympic golds now and a
silver, that puts you on top of the pile British Olympians!
I think you will find that is joint top!
So this year, three World Championships Gold medals between
you, five Olympic golds. You are pretty extraordinary! Pretty
ordinary, actually! Please welcome cycling's supersonic
couple, Jason and Laura Kenny. That was a very funny film! And so
you! Jason, how much does it mean to you to equal the record of the man
who lives in your downstairs cupboard? Yes, I know, it is like
being haunted! Yes, it is amazing. I went basically 99% of what I know
about elite performance and what to do at the Olympic Games from the
gentleman over there! And he has moved into our closet recently! Yes,
it is nicer kind of be able to carry that on. I would like to think I'm
flying the flag for Chris as well. Yes, it is nice to be the next one
and I feel I'm passing that to the next guys, we have a good team
coming up and it is pretty special. I think you might have a greater
sense of drama than him. That Kirin, it had everybody biting our nails,
Chris included. Yes, it was a bit nervous. I mean, I didn't know what
was going on, like everything with the Olympics. You are in your little
world. You have no idea anybody is watching, let alone everyone! Yes,
that was quite strange to find out everyone was watching that and
everybody is now an expert in it which has never happened before!
Random people quote rules to me now and everybody has an opinion. So
that is really strange. It is good to see that people are interested.
They are fascinated and they love what you both have achieved. Laura,
four Olympic events entered and four Gold medals won and your mother
spoke to me about how particular as a baby, it is extraordinary you are
this good. Thanks! I just read around in circles! And I love what I
do. Becoming the most successful female Olympian was an achievement
in itself. But the biggest achievement for me was becoming one
of what now is such a huge group of incredible female role models. For
me, that is genuinely really important.
You are right, it is so important. And around you is an ever-growing
team of female cyclists getting better and stronger. Would the two
of you ever double up? In the tanned maybe, you might have the work on
your aerodynamics. That is just generally what happens at home. I
just relax. Jason does all the work! That would have been a very
different film! Congratulations on your wedding, by the way. And you
are the first ever married couple on the Sports Personality of the Year
short list, Jason and Laura Kenny! He is the World Number 1.
He is the Jester from Leicester. Mark Selby, for the second time, he
lives the world title and he becomes World Champion.
This is why this man is World Number 1.
Absolutely superb! Michael Sell be! -- Mark Selby!
A great year for Mark Selby - the Jester from Leicester - but
it's no joke when it comes to the serious business of
For years, it's been dominated by the big boys.
However, the 2015-16 season was different.
And so, thanks to a group of passionate players,
a coach with a point to prove and a phalanx of loyal fans
who dared to dream, a 5000-1 impossibility -
Sport's Unsung Hero the Premier league champions!
Leicester City the Premier league champions! Anything is possible!
I have lived here all my life and been a Leicester all my life, you
never thought it would happen. I would have been happy with top 15. I
reckon he will get us to the top ten.
Jamie Vardy celebrates the first goal at the KP Stadium this season!
The goal is to just stay in the Premier league, not the Champions
League or the Europa League! No one knew about him, he came from
the lower ranks. Nobody can stop Jamie Vardy right
now! He is just so fast. Jamie Vardy has scored for the eighth
consecutive Premier league game! What he has done and achieved, I it
should be a movie. The record! He has still scored.
Jamie Vardy! Jamie Vardy, away from his man, and he has scored, the
Premier league record equalling goal. Is that records, banking in
goals. He has done it! He has scored in 11 consecutive Games!
The man of the moment, the man of the season.
Christmas time, is started to believe a little.
The story goes on and on. And then we started to win matches and you
think... I don't think anybody thought it would last. Gary Lineker
included. You will be sitting in that chair in your pants doing much
of the Day next season. Thanks very much.
It clicks. What a screamer!
Nobody will ever forget that. What a goal that is! No one thought
we could do it and the bookies have learned a lesson!
They are closing in on the most unlikely Premier league title when
of all time. Chelsea and Tottenham. Everyone was
watching. Eden Hazzard! Leicester City are the champions of
England. Now everyone knows Leicester City, it is the David and
Goliath story. People will talk about it in years to come. Something
truly unbelievable. Anything is possible. So pleased tab in able to
see it. -- to have been able to see it. It
still gets me! Ladies and gentlemen -
please welcome the Leicester City squad, including their coach
Claudio Ranieri and striker What a great turnout, thank you for
coming! We've got 132 Leicester City bands representing 132 years
Leicester's history and the last one was the only time they've ever won
the league. Magnificent season, you were a non-league player a few years
ago, what a story! Yes, it has been remarkable. The main thing is I
would not have been able to do it without the boys behind me. So a
great season overall. It certainly was on that record along the way is
a little bonus. Yes, I keep getting Christians saying the 11th was his!
That is just him for you! -- Christian. And the Vardy party was
something special, it went viral. Every Leicester ban was doing the
same thing, it was magical. Yes, it was a bit emotional. Tottenham 2-0
up, it was quiet around the house and the first goal went in and
everybody got excited and the second, everybody has seen the
aftermath! Indeed! You have taken it easy in the league this season and
you are looking for a Christmas break yourself! Some Games off. It
is going on to win the Champions League now, isn't it? Who knows?
Stranger things have happened! Won the league last year so why not? You
never know. Claudio Ranieri, lovely to have you here this evening.
You have managed 15 teams in five different countries over a spell of
about 30 years, Claudia. It is your first major league title, it must
have been so special? Thank you to my labs, the stuff, all
of the fans, it was an amazing story. It was incredible, but it is
true. At what stage did you think it was possible? I and a pragmatic man,
I believed it when Eden Hazard scored a goal. Eight minutes to go!
When we won at Manchester City, and when we lost against Arsenal, and I
said, if Arsenal need 95 minutes to beat us, we can do something good
this year. It is a very special achievement. Quite possibly the most
unlikely success in the history of football. I am delighted to say the
sports personality of The Year judging panel has voted you as the
2016 Coach of the Year. To present the award are two
top footballing men. One is a former Leicester boss who's
now in charge of the Republic of Ireland - the
other is the current Northern Ireland manager and the
2015 Coach of the Year. Please welcome Martin O'Neill
and Michael O'Neill. Many congratulations, if you would
like to say a few words? I did not expect, I am honest. It is fantastic
to take this award here in England. I can say only thank you again to my
players, to the chairman, to all of my stuff, but of course, without our
fans it was impossible to win this title. Thank you to everybody.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Leicester City squad, Jamie Vardy, and the
Coach of the Year, cloudy RNA eyrie. Jessica Ennis-Hill has recently
retired, but since Rio de Janeiro, a 2011 world silver has turned into
gold following the disqualification of a Russian athlete. It is
fantastic to see you here. And Olympic and now three-time world
champion. From a true great of the sport, we turn to the greatest track
and field athlete Britain has ever produced, Mo Farah. He was the man
with the unbeatable plan. Here we go, can Mo Farah win his
third Olympic gold-medal? No British athlete has ever been able to do
that. Try and work my way through the field and get close to the
front. Somebody catches my leg, straight to ground. At that point
there is nothing you can do. I was panicking, in the back of my mind I
was like, it can't happen, you have worked too hard. You have to make
sacrifices. Who wants to be away from their friends and family? I
have to get up. He is quickly up, just got a little
clip. I promised my daughter I would get a
gold medal, I can't let her down. Here comes Mo Farah! They come to
the inevitable, they bow to his superiority! Mo Farah wins the gold
medal! I work hard and I spent a lot of
time away from my family. I just had to believe, get through it, I wanted
to do it for my kids. I was tired, my body was beaten up,
you have to get over it. They will attack again, but Mo Farah
has more to give. Mo Farah is going to get old for Great Britain again,
the double-double. I felt like I did my kids proud and
my nation proud. Mo sadly cant be with us
here tonight but I'm delighted to How do you do it?
a World and Olympic 5K/10k double - I am sorry I can't be there tonight.
We do take it for granted. I dream of being Olympic champion once, then
you do it twice in your hometown, and you think, how will it get
better? You do it for years later and do what I have done, it has been
incredible. I don't know how I do it sometimes. To stay fit is the number
one aim, and to peak and perform as you do consistently on the biggest
stage comes with sacrifices, and we know how much you adore your family
and children, you spend so much time away, how do you cope? I love what I
do. I do enjoy it. It is hard work, it is not easy being away from my
family and my kids asking where I am, when they are ill you are not
there, but it is worth it, it is worth everything. Making my nation
proud, my country proud, being on the podium, hearing the national
anthem, you cannot get any better than that. You have to make the most
of it. I am repeating myself, but work hard for what you do. I try to
do my best and work hard. Sometimes it comes with results. Every child
now has an Olympic gold-medal! You said you will retire after the World
Championships in London next year, so what will it be then, an assault
on the marathon? My kids are happy, my oldest daughter was asking
questions, and kept asking, and they got something. If I retire, they
will have something forever, and that is the proudest thing, I could
do something for my kids. In terms of going back to your question, it
is hard to say. I would like to be able to do a better job than I did
at the London Marathon. I did not get the best out of myself. It is
about learning about the event, and hopefully getting the 2017 World
Championships out of the way, and then I would like to be able to go
to the marathon and learn about it and see what I can do. You are
amazing. All of your kids have got a gold medal, and we have got magical
memories from your incredible antics.
Good luck tonight - Britain's most successful track and field athlete
A decent start. Shoulder to shoulder at this point. But Jonnie Peacock
pulls away. Jonnie Peacock's gold-medal again.
A gold medal, unbelievable. A gold again for ParalympicsGB. Robinson
wins gold! Hannah Cockroft takes the gold! She is the Paralympic champion
again! Action there from athletics,
cycling and swimming, where at the Rio Paralympics Britain won 147
medals, including 64 golds, to finish
second in the table. 16 of those golds came
in the pool, with Bethany Firth here leading the way with three
golds and a silver, and also Ellie Robinson - who,
aged just 15, won Paralympic gold in a Games record time
in the 50m Butterfly. And because of that, Ellie -
as you may have seen on The One Show this week -
was named as the Young Sports A huge response from everybody, what
would you like to say? It is surprising to win this award,
thank you to everybody that has played a part and helped me to win.
It is great that you are here tonight as well, thank you.
Continuing our tradition of gold-medal winning ten three macro.
-- Eliies. Away from the pool, 15 golds
were won in athletics and 12 came in cycling,
two sports which our next two Kadeena Cox triumphed in
the velodrome and on the athletics track while former champion swimmer
Dame Sarah Storey won another three big Gs
on her bike, a Rio Grande achievement indeed by
two remarkable women. The journey has been challenging but
rewarding. I love doing stalked -- sport, working hard is what I love
doing. What it takes to be a champion has changed. Now that I am
a mum, it is a different way of life. In 2014I got a diagnosis of
multiple sclerosis. It was soul destroying. My sport saved me, it is
what I needed to pick me up from the bottom of a pit, it gave me a goal,
to go to the Paralympics. Discipline gets you there, it is not really the
athlete that is the fastest, it is the one that slows down the least.
When I found out I was pregnant after London, I was delighted. There
was no Peugeot to come back. When Louisa arrived, I was at home, I
gained four stone, and I wondered if I would ever be back to my athletics
off, but the body is incredible, and when I got to Brazil, I was in
better shape than in London. Sarah Storey are about to make
history! She has won the gold-medal again. It is gold-medal number 14 in
the career of Sarah Storey. It is great, having Sarah on the
team, she has been doing it since the year after I was born, so she
knows how to deal with it. It is good to have that around you, it
gives you a boost, follow her and you will be fine.
An incredible ride from Kadeena Cox, a huge gold-medal, with a brand-new
world record! A gold-medal for Kadeena Cox, a new world record!
She is a phenomenal athlete, I was watching with my mouth open, I could
not believe it. I did not realise how quick she was going to go, it
was immense. Anybody that watched me on the podium saw me smiling and
dancing and crying. It was emotional. But it is a feeling you
can't describe. The gold-medal not just on the bike
but on the track as well. The most successful British female
Paralympian of all time. The title was previously held by Tanni
Grey-Thompson, who is a huge hero of mine. You are trying to make sure
you inspire others to participate. Cycling is fantastic, so many women
will be delighted to hear you just get better with age. You dream about
doing it, but actually achieving something is different. I have
managed to empower so many people. It makes me super emotional, but I
love I have done something special. Have members of ParalympicsGB on the
stage. Please welcome Paralympic stars
Kadeena Cox and Dame Sarah Storey. Incredible work. Huge
congratulations. Let's go back to a promising athlete who loved her
sport and then the strokes and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, how
important was sport to you? I say it all the time, it saved my life. I
would never have got to where I am mentally had I not got back into
sport. It took me a couple of days, I was trying to get back. It kept me
driven, you set a goal and you want to achieve it. Every athlete will
know that when you have a goal, you will do anything to achieve what you
want to which Eve. I just worked really hard and it helped me forget
about the horrible situation, the nights when I was up all night
because I was spasming. It made me realise there was something bigger I
could do. The challenges physically, they are
enormous, you tackle one sport and you decide to get on a bike to see
if you are good at that, why? I feel like Laura stole my line, because I
like running and cycling in circles! It was just something that came up
and I was good and it helped. I was all right! And you are this
important and powerful role model. Many reasons, have you realised that
since you have returned from Rio? Yes, it is really weird, but I enjoy
it, I wanted to do something different and push the boundaries
and show with setbacks and even as a female athlete, you can achieve what
you want to achieve. I wanted to do that so people could think, maybe I
could do that as well. And you do it with a glorious smile on your face,
with such joy. Good luck tonight, Kadeena. And of course, Kadeena is
the new kid on the Paralympic block. She would look to somebody like Dame
Sarah Storey for inspiration and in terms of longevity, your career is
epic! Yes, as MS reminded me, she was born the year before I started!
Did she say that to you? That is Kadeena reminded me. I started as a
14-year-old and I came home to do my GCSE courses and I went on Blue
Peter and I got my A-level results all sides in Atlanta in April box
because mobile phones were not invented! They might have been, but
only for businessmen. I came home and I went on no's house party back
in the day! I did not get in the gunge tank. The swimming pool in the
cycling through ear infections. But it is the lessons in swimming and
that dedication you need to get up early that has allowed me to be good
on the bike and cycling is my first love and I love being out in the
countryside and training my heart out. Mainly on the road. And I do
the whizzing round bet on the track and back out on the road, so
incredible it has been so long. Seven Paralympic Games and 14 Gold
medals, Rio the most challenging as you had a fairly big change in life
between London and Rio. It was at this .4 years ago I announced I was
pregnant. Don't worry, I am not doing that tonight! Louise arrived
in the summer of 2013 and I decided it was time to get back on the bike.
Nine months later, I40 macro two world titles and realised Rio was
definitely on and to have her in Rio was the icing on the cake. You'd
think it is amazing to win your home Games and it is and to have your
little girl in the crowd and jumping over the fence, it is just amazing
to have her out there with the family, amazing support. Another
wonderful performance from both of you. Many thanks and good luck, Dame
Sarah Storey and Kadeena Cox. The world to 20 final. England, West
Indies, breathtaking Brathwaite. Four balls, four sixes,
Unforgettable, another big hitter, Anthony Joshua, blasted his way to a
world title. Across London, a trip, but still a triumph. Personal
victories on the streets behind and the skies above. From out of this
world to ruling the world in the Grand National. The champion jump
jockey was Richard Johnson. In Wembley, the Wembley sway, but
Manchester United had the FA Cup's killer move. A familiar winning
routine for Arsenal's ladies are the Champions League, who else? Ronaldo.
Gareth Bale and Real Madrid. Liverpool in the rugby league. Title
number 47 for Celtic, Hibernian had, that for a while.
114 years of pain! One team in club rugby union, a season of Saracens
Silver. The Pro12 went to convert. A world title to the toughest of
toffees. Trueblue Tony Bellew. Glorious birds like Ricky in
Glasgow. Alistair Cook's 10,000th run helped England Sea of Sri Lanka.
A landmark Brown also in the Derby. A modern milestone for a British UFC
champion. In Paris, a glimpse of the future. But Andy Murray was still
waiting to get past Novak. And he did not have to wait long!
More of that later. And you are keen to vote, but do not do so yet
because you cannot vote until you see the 16 contenders.
some of the British team from the Invictus Games
Now in its second year, the event for wounded,
injured and sick servicemen and women is a global event
It truly demonstrates the healing power of sport.
And so from the wonderful Invictus athletes,
it's time now to give out the Get Inspired Unsung Hero -
which recognises those wonderful people from our communities
who do so much work at grass roots level.
To present it, please welcome a Sport Relief fundraising
marathon man and a lady whose dignified and courageous
campaigning for 27 years helped the 96 Hillsborough victims and
their families finally get the truth and justice
It's a pleasure to welcome Eddie Izzard and Margaret Aspinall.
Margaret, it's wonderful you are here to represent all the
families following the verdict in April, you are an inspiration
Thank you. Absolutely.
And, Eddie, as our Get Inspired Ambassador it's lovely
to have you back with us and it would be fitting if you
Tonight is our opportunity to celebrate
volunteers all over the UK who give up their precious time
Without you, we simply wouldn't have nights like this and we
wouldn't have the amazing sportsmen and women we do.
So, please, let's all come together and by using the
#BigThankYou, let's tell the volunteers everywhere what they
So the details for all of you at home are on the screen.
You know a volunteer or if it is all volunteers working for free.
Tonight, here at this magnificent event, we are lucky
to be joined by 15 Unsung Heroes from all the
I would love a big round of applause for them.
You are all incredible but, tonight, only one of you can be
I was brought up in an area of deprivation. I got myself into gangs
and I got a criminal record and I was going down the wrong pathway. I
in a dark place and I was suicidal and boxing was something that helped
me. So I thought, set up a boxing club. And through the boxing club, I
was getting people like myself who I could relate to because I had been
there and done it myself. Marcellus Baz is an icon, you does not just
provide the gym but a refuge. He is very dedicated. He does not give up
on you. He is like the older brother I have not got. He is a special man.
He makes me feel happy, like where I need to be.
It means the world to me to give people focus and direction and
support and that gives me so much satisfaction and it gives me so much
drive to continue doing what I am doing.
Please welcome the Get Inspired Unsung Hero for 2016.
Congratulations, Marcellus, would you like to
Congratulations, Marcellus, would honoured to be here today.
Speechless, Marcellus Baz!
my family who has had to support Huge noise was the comments! It is
number four, Mark Cavendish! Another Tour de Force
by Chris Froome. And so is our next
contender Andy Murray, who sizzled in the summer and starred
throughout the whole of the tennis year to end up
as the Christmas number one. A young boy from Dunblane who dared
to dream. Hopefully I will play at Wimbledon in about four years.
First, Wimbledon, then the world. Lofty ambitions for a kid from
Scotland. In 2016, his dreams came true.
The year started with his old nemesis on top. Time to put the
tennis on hold. I will be on the next flight home. The boy was now a
father, added responsibility, a different outlook on life, would he
take his eye off the ball? Not a chance. A first final in Paris.
Reunited with his old coach. A record fifth title at Queen's and
then, Wimbledon. He is there! It is Murray's time in
the sunshine of Centre Court once again. It was turning into the
perfect summer. Andy Murray has won a Gold medal
again! For all the success, there was still
one thing missing. He is the World Number 1!
The 2016. The boy from Dunblane dreamt big. In 2016, Andy Murray's
dreams came true. Yes, he is something else! And they
can join us live from his training base in Miami. You look pretty
comfortable, not a bad spot. Your second Wimbledon title and second
Olympic title, number one in the world, that must be a pretty good
year? Yes, it has been the best year in my
career. Winning Wimbledon the second time after losing a lot of big
finals the last couple of years was really important for my confidence.
The Olympics again was amazing and the finish the year number one was
something I had never done before and I never expected to do. The last
six months were the best of my career on the court. It has been a
great year for tennis in the UK. We had Johanna Konta in the top ten in
the singles for the women and my brother got to number one in
doubles. Gordon Reid in the Wheelchair Singles and in the quad
singles finishing number one, so a great year for tennis and proud to
be a part of that. It is also the year that you became
a father. Now, most fathers find it quite difficult to adapt to work
after that, but it seems to have been an inspiration for you.
I have loved it. It was a challenge, obviously, at the start there are a
lot of things to learn, it is a big adjustment in your life, but it made
me realise that tennis is not the most important thing any more, there
is more to life than my sport. Away from the court I am a lot happier, I
am not thinking about tennis all of the time. It has helped my
performances on the court. You are now number one in the world, going
into next year, is it your time to dominate tennis? Is that the
ambition? I don't know. I will try my best. That is why I am here,
training in Miami. Away from my family. Trying to keep getting
better. Now that I have got to normal one, it has taken a lot of
hard work to get there, I want to try my best to stay there. It will
be tough, I am getting older, and a lot of the new guys are really big
talents. I will give it my best shot, but it will be hard. We wish
you well, thank you for joining us again. One of our Chief contenders,
Andy Murray, the world number one. David Florence, Richard Hounslow,
silver medal. Liam Heath, the most successful British Olympic paddle of
all time. It is sharper than sharp. Joe Clarke is the Olympic champion.
Giles Scott, the gold-medal winner in the men's heavyweight. Hannah
Mills and Saskia Clark take the gold medal in the women's to Person
dinghy. Nick Dempsey, another silver. Forgive orderly and
Katherine Grainger, the most decorated female Olympian of all
time. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Five in a row, they have
done it in style again. The first time Great Britain have won an
Olympic medal in the women's's eight. Great Britain in the men's
eight of the Olympic champions. One of the most successful
partnerships has come to an end, but we are delighted to see Heather
Stanning and Helen Glover here tonight. Thank you for coming.
Talking of partnerships ending, Charlotte Dujardin and her wonder
horse bowed out after defending their individual title in the
summer. But putting his feet up is not an option for our next
contender. At 58, he became an Olympic individual show-jumping
champion. It is Nick Skelton. The best sports people in the world
are gifted. This is a natural talent. He just gets on, he rides.
You are lucky that you have a long career. This one has been very long.
A star is born. Nick Skelton. At the time he seemed indestructible, to me
anyway. I broke my neck in 2000, they said I should not ride again,
that was a bad time. I landed vertically, on the top of my head.
The vast majority of people who have that guy. If you want it, you have
to work hard. I did not think for a minute he would not ride again. We
are all horsemen, it is all we do. If ever a horse was going to do it,
he was, brave, intelligent. When Big Star came along, we knew the dream
was on. This is the one he wants more than
any. It was his last chance.
What a composition. This is it, do or die. Nick Skelton
and extort take the gold medal for Great Britain.
After trying, crashing out. To finally achieve the dream, that is
special. The most emotional moment of the
Olympic Games for me and many people. We will talk to him in a
moment. One of the star Paralympians
on horseback in Rio was, once again, Sophie Christiansen,
who plays the most impressive numbers game
in all walks of life. Two months premature, one heart
attack, one collapsed lung, as well as Syria ball pulls the. -- three
ball pulls the. Sophie Christiansen has spent her life ignoring this
chaos theory. It is not this order, but the purest form of order, that
can make half a tonne of horse moved to such a precise rhythm that it
brings gold medal at the gold-medal after gold-medal. A first Masters in
mathematics, two days a week working in the Square mile. Giving the mind
a different focus. Lessening the intensity of competing at the
highest level. Other numbers are earned in an equation that takes
four long years to solve. Training hours times dedication times sweat
times pain times effort times she unbeatable will. It equals
incredulous, incredible results, four Paralympic appearances, ten
medals, eight of them gold, three gold medals in Rio de Janeiro, a
proven equation cannot rely. Sophie's formula is the winning
formula. But there is one last number. One beaming, life affirming,
determined, successful against all the odds, bright and enormous smile.
Please welcome Sophie Christiansen and Nick Skelton.
Sophie, I know how busy you are, how hard you work in the city. What does
Riding bring to your life, why is it so important for you to be
competing? I started riding at six. To help my disability.
I have been really competitive all my life. When I found a sport I
could excel at, I just wanted to be the best I could be. You most
certainly are. Usually, in any equestrian sport,
you build up a partnership with your horse, but you did not have that
luxury in herself. When you have is -- been in the sport for so long,
you need to keep it fresh, and I do that by using different horses. In
all of the four Paralympic Games I have competed on different horses,
to make sure I peek at the right time. Just to give yourself an extra
challenge! Eight Paralympic gold medal so far. And counting, you can
be sure of that. Nick proving that the best things to those who wait.
Yes, I waited a long time. I was getting near the end, I was running
out of time. Luckily it all went right. It sure did. You were first
to go in the jump off, you are half show-jumper, half jockey, you have a
racing brain, you went for it. When you have a horse like that, it makes
the job easier. All over my career I feel very honoured to have served my
country for 40 years at what I do, and to win the gold medal on the
last chance, I had a team in London which was great, but I think Rio was
more special. It is great. I feel very privileged to be standing here
tonight with all of these great sportsmen and sportswomen. To stand
here is terrific. It is probably going to be the last time I am
standing here. I am running out of time. I would like to thank
everybody that has helped me along the way stop a lot of people,
especially those who have bought lottery tickets, to help Team GB
with the UK lottery. Without them, our medal tally not have been as
good, so I want to thank those people. You paid -- played your
part. Good luck tonight, Nick Skelton
and Sophie Christiansen. Wimbledon, Britain in Bloom. Week
one belonged to a late flower, Marcus Willis. This is unbelievable.
Centre of attention again, Serena Williams, grand Slam 22. The
wheelchair singles to Gordon Reid, and the doubles. At the open, golf
from another dimensional. What a round of golf. A first victory for
Henrik Stenson. The women's open went to this player. The British
Grand Prix was the home leg of a Hamilton rally, and another title at
another wait for that man Carl Frampton. Energetic Pakistan gave
England a most thorough work-out. Joe Root to tip, series drawn.
Northants sees the #BigThankYou crown. British history in MotoGP,
two race victories for Cal Crutchlow. The Great North Run, a
day of reddish icons. All dog spirit for Kell Brook, even in defeat. No
disgrace either in the Davis Cup. But Great Britain made way for
Argentina. It went downhill gloriously for Great Britain in
mountain biking. The county summer came down to a session, Middlesex's
moment. Warwickshire's day in the cup. Manchester City's Super League
season, unbeaten. Well done, Birmingham,
for that Viking Thunderclap. But there's no need to give
yourself a round of That famous chant will
live long in the memory following this summer's
European Championships, where headlining for the home
nations were Wales. Led by our next contender,
the brilliant Gareth Bale. The Dragons had the time
of their lives, so let's relive those five weeks
of fantasy football en France, in the company of
The Voice, Sir Tom Jones. We are a small nation, a small,
proud nation. We thought we knew who we were, but this summer changed
things. We thought our sporting passion lay mostly with the oval
ball. We were wrong. We wanted to enjoy the Euros, but did not expect
to be in France for long. Wrong again. We really believed we were
together, stronger, but we had no idea how strong. Euro 2016 saw
strength in many different guises. Like strength in rising to the
expectation of being home favourites. A strength also in
overcoming the odds, stubbornly ignoring predictions of failure.
Gareth McAuley for Northern Ireland! The grandiose reputations of
opponents matching them blow for blow. And in these moments of
strength, we also see weaknesses. When the pressure becomes too much.
The bravado will and the soul is stripped bare.
Iceland has turned it around! England's embarrassment is Iceland's
ecstasy. And all that is left is a broken
dream. For Wales, the dream was very much alive. Of course, it helps to
have one of the best players in the world. Off the pitch, Gareth was
like one of the boys. But on it, he was every inch the superstar we know
he is. He got us to France and he was going to do everything he could
to keep as there! It is that manner, Gareth Bale, what
a ball, what a goal! Even in the quarterfinals, we were
living the dream. I was small, proud nation.
Wales are heading into the semifinals!
Wake your kids up, something special is happening here tonight!
In the semifinals, we faced Portugal. A team with a similar
mindset and make-up. They also had one of the greatest players in the
world. Across, Ronaldo! Against Wales,
Cristiano Ronaldo made the difference.
It will be Portugal in Paris on Sunday.
In Paris, Portugal's collective strength was more evident his
absence. And a shot!
A super strike! Football is a sport with incredible individuals. But
Euro 2016 reminded us we had nothing without the team. Portugal, France
and Wales, we were all together. Stronger.
Sadly, Gareth's unable to join us - he's
But his gaffer's here, Wales boss Chris Coleman.
Thank you for the pleasure you gave us during the summer, the nominal
performance from the Welsh team and your management was obviously a
vital part of that. How important to you was Gareth Bale, the contender
tonight? Yes, I think when you have a player with that talent, it is one
thing having him, you need him to perform. And thankfully, he did that
99% of the time. And when you have got that someone to follow, you have
got a standard set and we try to follow that standard. He has been
absolutely magnificent. And also, a Champions League winner for Real
Madrid this year. How good is he? How does he compare with the great
players we have on the planet at the moment? I think you have to say he
is up there. The wind two Champions League tournaments in three years --
to win. For a player from our country, Wales, England, Scotland,
Ireland, Republic of Ireland, to go abroad and the plague, he is one of
the more successful players to win two Champions League is in three
years. He will get better, he has a fantastic mentality and he has a
natural talent so for me, you have to put him up there with some of the
best players in the world. As for Wales and yourself coming you have
set yourself high standards, semifinal of the Euros, Russia 2018
final? That is the only way forward! We are in good company at the
minute. We have got Martin O'Neill and Michael O'Neill who have done
fantastic jobs with their respective countries. Gareth Southgate is here
and I want to wish him the best with England. I think the home-grown
countries looking quite good at the moment.
They certainly are, lovely to see you here, thank you much.
And, Gareth, if you are watching at home,
Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Coleman and
Olympic Games Rod Lawler -- Bronze Medallist.
This one is really hotting up. One second away. And that is the head
shot in the last second, what a turnaround, Mohamed could not hang
on. I was so close to being Olympic
champion! Jade Jones, the fighter from Flint.
This promises to be an absolute classic! Olympic Taekwondo at its
very best. The Welsh wonder strikes Gold again! Double Olympic champion.
The complete gold, silver and bronze Taekwondo set -
and it's lovely to see Wales' double Olympic champion Jade Jones here.
And so from a wonder woman, we move on now to a group of wonder women
captained by our final contender, Kate Richardson-Walsh.
The British hockey team made a massive impact in Rio, as millions
followed their progress to the final, which was to have the most
There was an unbelievable sense of belief that the team could do
something really special in Rio. An absolute beauty! We had worked
hard as a squad to create our identity.
Create history and inspire the future. Kate is a captain and a
player is so inspirational to all of us!
There is no other word for that girl, absolute legend, we all just
want to be her! That is basically it's! We had our
backs against the world at times in that tournament. But never brought
any sense of fear or doubt. She has got it! Britain in the Olympic
final! After about 30 seconds, every player
looked at each other and it was one more game, we have got one more game
to play! Here we go, Gold medal on the line.
The Dutch were out to win their third consecutive Olympic Gold
medal. Skilful, fast and is determined. A
Gold for the Netherlands, 2-1 in front.
The game kept swinging. Krista Curran brings Great Britain
level! 3-2. Yes, they are there, embrace them.
It is gold. I remember watching the clock and I
looked at them and they did not want to be in a penalty shoot out.
Hannah Richardson-Walsh scores! You think are pressured moments and Kate
has that leadership ability to calm a situation down. We have done this
before. She has hit the post! She has missed!
This is the golden opportunity. It was just, believe it. Holly Webb on
her way. We were clinging on to each other. You could feel people going
like this! She turns and she scores! That is
the golden goal! It was almost like there was nobody else there! It was
just us! It happens, it can happen and it was just amazing.
I still get goose bumps just thinking back to that moment, it was
so incredible. Kate can hang up a hockey stick and
be superb proud of her career, we all going miss her.
What a moment, when women's team sport became the ten o'clock News.
golden girls and Kate Richardson-Walsh.
You have to take centre stage, I know it is all about the team, huge
congratulations. You are the first-ever hockey player to make it
onto the short list. It is just a tremendous honour. We
are so blessed in this country with so many fantastic athletes and we
are so good at so many sports. But to be here with these amazing women
and from such a big squad of 31 to represent a hockey family and the
beyond this stage is a very proud moment. 30 years as captain, 375
caps, what will it be like leaving them behind? Easy! No, joking! This
squad mean everything to me. I told you not to make me cry! They are
just... They are everything, they are my inspiration, my rock. They
see me at my best and my worst and they have got me through both. It
really is all about the squad for that reason.
And of course, at the end of what was an incredible Olympic Games for
Team GB, those golden performances, your team-mates from Team GB chose
you above everyone else to carry the flag at the closing ceremony. What
an accolade! Where does that ranking your achievements?
As I said, to see the athletes appear and to be in the building in
Team GB and to see the athletes returning with their medals and to
watch the Paralympics and to be part of that Olympic movement is very
special. To contribute to that with a medal is extra special and to walk
out with the flag at the closing ceremony really was the icing on the
cake. You are incredible. You are all amazing. Our hockey
champions and our 16th and final contender, Kate Richardson-Walsh!
What a noise in this arena and what a view from up here. You want to be
You've seen and heard from all 16 contenders bidding
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Here come the Brits! Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.
Tremendous! Yes, so good! Yes!, and! It is gold, Jack Laugher
and Chris Mears have done it! What a moment, a first
British Olympic diving gold, with And now it gives me great
pleasure to introduce a young man who's inspired so many of
us to jump into the pool. And a super-woman who's
encouraged us to put our Three times winner of the Young
Sports Personality of the Year... Please welcome Tom
Daley and the 2002 Sports Personality of
the Year, Paula Radcliffe. Tom and Paula are here
to present our next award, which is named in honour
of Helen Rollason, our much-loved BBC colleague
who died of cancer in 1999. Helen's name lives on in her
charity, with the award reflecting the virtues she showed
throughout her life Courage, achievement and the ability
to inspire in adversity. This year's recipient
personifies all those qualities and is a shining example to us all,
with his marathon challenge I had such fun as a child, I was
really happy, really confident. That changed when I went away to school.
The fact that I did not have the same clothes or the right haircut, I
would be called names. That mental side of bullying turned into
something physical and I was beaten up sometimes on a daily basis. I did
not really start figuring out my sexuality until I was probably about
13. I knew I was gay but I was not ready to accept it. After five more
years of the bullying, more directed towards the sexuality side of
things, that is when it took its toll on me and I tried to take my
own life. I had slipped into depression, I did
not even know who I was, and that is what made me sit up and think, I
can't do this any more, my life needs to change. It was a friend of
mine at work who said, come down to my local running club. I run two or
three miles. In a way it was like I had won the Olympics. I did not wake
up one morning thinking I would run all of those marathons. We wanted to
raise a quarter of ?1 million for Anti-Bullying Week show it is. We
needed to do something big. We cover 10,506.2 miles. We are on the beach!
Amazing! Revisited 101 different schools. Say hello, everyone! We
have had 250,000 miles! Bullying is incredibly destructive M people's
lives. The e-mail that we get from parents and kids, it seems to be
heading home that there is an issue. So many people have been touched by
this. That makes us incredibly proud.
This year's Helen Rollason Award goes to...
A man who responded to bullying by taking on a staggering challenge, he
ran more than 10,500 miles in 401 days. Show your appreciation for Ben
Smith. What an incredible achievement,
thank you to the kings he follows of Birmingham, some of the many people
who have been with you along the way, I am sure you would like to say
a few words. First of all, thank you... Sorry. I want to say thank
you to the tens of thousands of people that came out and supported
this. My life was very different four years ago, as you have seen
from the tape. But I found running as my sanctuary. I found it is my
way of being able to express myself and to be who I was and not have to
lie anymore. I did not have any confidence or self-esteem and I was
scared about who I was. I got to meet some amazing people, some of
which you see here. Some members of my running club are also in the
audience as well. Sorry, I lied! Running gave me back my confidence
and self-esteem. But most importantly, I am not afraid
anymore. Thank you. What an incredible role model and an
incredible recipient of the Helen Rollason Award for 2016, Ben Smith.
The Ryder Cup, golf is a team sport. Webb puts provoke passion. And the
rule escapes from Rory. This is the greatest match I have ever seen. It
is surrounded by noise, but comes down to nerve. This time, the cup
would not leave American soil. On the tarmac, Jonathan Rea was
victorious again. From superbikes to Super League, a warrior prize of
four Wigan, Salford saved by a a million. Priceless for Bangladesh, a
first Test match victory over England. The Cubs came out of
hibernation, it had been 108 years. The Chicago party was crushed by the
Irish, the jury at last over the all Blacks. Across the pond, across the
codes, Australia the best of four nations. , McGregor powered to a
second UFC title of the year. In Abu Dhabi, Hamilton won the battle but
Nico Rosberg won the war. We did it! The Formula 1 title and a final
spin, he then retired. So much still fed of Charley Hull, when of the
tour title aged just 20. Celtic's Trophy century came with the League
Cup. In the Shanghai Winter, Elise Christie became ice queen again. In
the Indian summer, England's cricketers were made to sweat and
squirm. Super flight hijacked by a Brummie world champion, and Anthony
Joshua ended the year of surprises with a thump.
What an annus mirabilis 2016 has been!
And before we reveal our final four award winners tonight,
it's time to celebrate the success of our Olympians and Paralympians.
Over the summer, our athletes went faster and further than ever before,
with records tumbling and medals amassing.
Between them, Team GB and Paralympics GB swept up a total
And so to mark this magnificent achievement, where both teams
finished second in the medals table, it's time for a special performance
from a British icon who's also won a few golds and platinums
# I might not be there for all your battles
# I pray that I'm giving you all that matters
# I cannot promise there won't be sadness
# But you'll find the courage to face the madness
# Find the others with hearts like yours
# And finally, I'm where I want to be #.
The voting details are on the red button, save for -- signed for sign
language users. You've got less than 15 minutes left
to vote, so don't delay. The new Strictly Come Dancing
champion is in the house! And so we move on now to rugby
union - and this year, one country has dominated
in the Northern Hemisphere. They had a new coach and found
a new way of winning. It's been one Grand Slam of a year
for unbeaten England. Frost had nipped the red rose,
wanted, a new head gardener. He came from afar, the Rose. Once a thorn in
England's side, known to be prickly. Sharp as punk, Sharp of mind. Now
tending the garden of England. Five tangles with the near neighbours,
five signs of rapid growth. What flowers there would be. England have
won the grand slam! But the man said... It feels great, but if we do
it great next year, it really would be an achievement. Summer, the
growing season, exposure to the hostile climate of a dry far from
home. Seven years ago, English rugby hit rock bottom, but they have
whitewashed the Wallabies. The first buds of a smile. A pretty fair
performance. I have been getting stick, so that makes it better.
Mellow fruitfulness, and awesome splendour. England Sea of South
Africa. 13 prize-winning blooms, red roses by the Baker's dozen. What a
year it has been. Rich pickings from fertile soil, all is well in the
Rose Garden. It is great to see Dylan Hartley is
with us tonight. Congratulations, England,
on a wonderful year. And if coach Eddie did
a good job this year, Ben Ryan here was the Englishman
who masterminded Fiji's rugby sevens success, the country's first ever
Olympic gold. And that was one of many
highlights from and moments He is going to smash the world
record. She is the double gold medallist! The gold medal goes to
Brazil! That is extraordinary. Simone Biles gets her fourth gold
medal. Katie Ledecky is streets ahead. Justin Gatlin gets away well.
Justin Gatlin 's lead. But here comes Usain Bolt. He will take it.
He gets said. 200 million Brazilians scream with delight. It is such a
moment in the history of e.g. . -- Fiji. The first time in history. He
has done it. The fastest 400 metres of all time.
History, history, history, history. Those performances, from some
of the world's best, brings us on to the Overseas Sports
Personality Award, which has been chosen by an industry panel -
full details of which are on the BBC Such a tough decision this year,
but the award, I can A 19-year-old who won four gold
medals in Rio de Janeiro, Simone Biles.
Her presence, performance skills and pizzazz set her apart. She bellows
in the footsteps of other gymnasts who won this award in the 1970s.
And Simone Biles send this message. Hello, it is such an amazing honour
to be the BBC's overseas personality of the year, I am sorry I could not
make it tonight but I hope you guys have a wonderful evening and I want
to say congratulations to all the others honoured.
The incredible Simone Biles. And just a reminder you have less than
ten minutes left to vote. Don't delay. Details on the red button and
the BBC sport website. Born in Baltimore USA, he is the
greatest Olympian to live winning an incredible 23 Gold medals, more than
most countries have one in their history.
He has broken all the records. In Beijing, he won eight Gold medals.
In London, he set a new mark for total Olympic medals and he retired
and he came back to win another five Games in Rio after his first in
Athens. This, formidable, phenomenal, Michael Phelps.
A gift, a natural talent, within a body made for this. The dream of
mine was to be an Olympic Gold medal list. I will not see another swimmer
like Michael, he is once in ten generations. Michael Phelps, six
Gold medals. A body honed to go even faster, further, into the record
books. He has got it! He has got it! Half the world was cheering for him
as he got closer to those eight medals. Eight Gold medals, Michael
Phelps is the greatest. A story of enduring brilliance. But there is
brilliance which came at a price. Every time Michael would compete,
everyone expected him to go faster. The water began to define him and
confine him. All he talked about was not swimming
any more. He hated swimming. He swam until he
was so weighed down with gold that at last he could stop. I just wanted
to be done and get out, and was ready to be finished. He decided he
retired but what was next was the most difficult thing. He did not
know who he was without swimming. One night, he drank and he drove
into a tunnel. Michael Phelps has been arrested for
driving under the influence. That put me in the darkest place of
my life. I decided to get help. When he came out of rehab, it was like
having the old Michael back at practice. It was really awesome to
watch him transform and become here he is today. And at the age of 31,
there was time for one more Olympics. I felt like a kid again. I
wanted to jump back in and be the best.
Gold, gold, gold! The first person to win one event in four consecutive
Olympics, incredible. 23 Gold medals! It puts him on a
level above anybody, in any sport. Because of everything I went
through, to win five more Gold medals, for me, there is no better
way to go out. And when he was done, he sheds
tears. For a gift retrieved. A love rekindled. A life reborn.
I think this entire experience has allowed him to become an absolutely
amazing father. When he grows up, I will show him the medals and show
him the videos. And that is so much better than winning the races.
The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is the legend...
A standing ovation from an arena bowl of sports fans and sporting
greats and you deserve it. We are honoured to welcome
five-time Olympic and 13-time World Championship gold medallist
Ian Thorpe. His Royal Highness,
the Duke of Cambridge. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.
Personally, your Highness, I am sure you would like to say if few words
on behalf of everyone here and everyone in the country.
Thank you, Gary. It is a huge honour for me to be here this evening. In
what has been an incredible, memorable year for sports. It is
also a particular privilege to be here tonight, Michael, to give you a
Lifetime Achievement Award. You are one of the greatest sporting icons
this world has ever had. And you're 23 Gold medals, never mind the
others, pales into insignificance and -- pales into sheer Hubert --
super human history and you should be so proud and it will be many more
years before anybody stands here again and cause you the greatest
athlete in history. So many congratulations and hopefully your
retirement give somebody else a chance now!
And we had better hear from the man himself, Michael
Phelps. First, I would like to say thank you
to everybody in here, to the BBC, for giving me this award. My career
started with a dream of winning an Olympic medal. When I was 11 years
old, I got with my coach, my mum put us in the water for safety and I
fell in love with the sport and I had the privilege to compete against
Ian. I will never forget that race in 2004, or some, memorable race, a
lot of awesome races to my career. For me to be able to retire exactly
how I wanted to, this year has been a true dream come true, being able
to welcome Bloom into this world. My wife and I got married. And I
retired with the greatest end of a career that I could possibly think
of. And for me, I want to say it is an honour to stand in front of these
athletes and to hear the stories from everybody and to watch what
they go through. And to hear the girls and dreams that they have and
not giving up. Hats of to each and everyone of you, I cannot say enough
what an honour it is to be standing here with you and watching the
highlights and the Olympics were you guys competed. I look forward to
watching many more. And again, thank you. This means absolutely the
world. Incredible achievement, such a
deserved or not. Many, many congratulations.
We're now though not that far off announcing who has become the 2016
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And so now it's time to announce our penultimate award,
And here are some of the main contenders.
Manchester City! It is England's Grand slam!
Gold, for Great Britain! The hockey history makers! Glover and stunning
defends that Olympic title! Leicester City the champions.
Absolutes deny it -- absolute delight in the Mercedes garage.
It is one of the great days in Saracens history, if not the
greatest. Gold again for Para GB.
And to present it, please welcome England Manager Gareth Southgate.
And former Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis.
So, if you could do the honours, please.
Congratulations to Leicester. Do you want to say a few words?
Yes, thank you very much. It is a huge honour to receive this award.
What we achieved this season was absolutely incredible and no one
thought we could achieve it. Something people thought was
impossible and we proved it was possible. So I just want to say a
huge thank you to everyone behind the scenes who works at Leicester.
They contribute so much to what we strive for and work towards. And a
big thank you to our fans as well for the loyal support.
And a word for the gaffer? Yes, gaffer as well has been
incredible. He has joined us and galvanised us and turned us into a
winning team. We had a fantastic season and it was a real team effort
from everybody involved in Leicester. You beat up magnificent
opposition to win this award. The team for the year for 2016 is
Leicester City! A great deal to look foward
to, but now it's time Because this year, we sadly said
goodbye to the Greatest. The heavyweight champion of the
world, Muhammad Ali! Eye am the greatest. I am going to
dance and be pretty. Float like a butterfly, sting like a
bee! I'm going to eat raw meat and get
ready! How can I lose but to mark when you look in the mirror in the
morning, it must be a wonderful experience.
I am still as pretty as you and you are an announcer!
If you talked Jive... Oh, my God, he has won the title at
32! I am the King of the world! What
ever I am supposed to do is what I am going to do.
Muhammad Ali, the sports personality of the century! I am champion of the
world! The most unique of
sports personalities. Over the past 12 months,
we've lost so many loved-ones And so in the company of
Gareth Malone, the Invictus Choir, and the BBC Concert Orchestra,
we'll now pay tribute to some our dearly departed friends
we've sadly said goodbye to. # And we kissed, as though
nothing could fall # And the shame
was on the other side # Oh, we can
be them, forever and ever And thanks also to singer
Laura Wright, the Birmingham Community Gospel Choir and tonight's
Musical Director, Martin Kosch. Such an appropriate choice of song
as well, sport turns people into heroes.
I'm in a place where Sports Personality of the Year
royalty are gathered, as here in this special area
we have corralled our past main award winners.
Show-jumper David Broome is here - winner 56 years ago, from 1960.
Ann Jones, who won Wimbledon in 1969.
Cricketer David Steele, winner in 1975.
Paula Radcliffe won the trophy in 2002.
But whose name will be inscribed on it as the winner of 2016?
We do know it will be one of these 16 contenders.
And to present the main award, please welcome back to the stage
his Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
And former Olympic and three-time world heptathlon champion
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and full details on the vote will appear later on
Here in Birmingham, representing Gareth Bale, is Chris Coleman.
Standing by to present if needed in Dubai for Mo Farah is one of his
friends and associates, and that by popular demand, sitting by Andy
Murray is Lennox Lewis. Jess, please can you tell us
who is in third place? Jess, can you reveal
who the runner-up is, please? In second place is Alistair
Brownlee. Jess, please can you now
reveal the 2016 BBC The BBC Sports Personality of the
Year 2016 is Andy Murray. The first person to win the trophy
on three separate occasions, and well done, Lennox Lewis, superb
performance! I am sure you would like to say a keyword? First, thank
you for coming to do this, much appreciated. I am a huge boxing fan,
so to have this presented by you is really cool. My pleasure. I would
like to thank everybody who voted, I really appreciate your support. I
would like to thank my team, some of them are here, behind the cameras,
at my training block. They make a lot of sacrifices for me, they spend
time away from their family, at times of the year like this, thank
you, I really appreciate it, all of your support. I would like to thank
my family as well. My mum is in the crowd there. Thank you for all of
your help. My dad as well, who just got married. My dad just got married
ten days ago. I miss you. Also, I would like to say a huge thanks to
my wife for all of her support over the years, and my daughter, who will
not know what this means yet, but maybe in a few years she will
appreciate it. I have a bone to pick with my wife, she told me an hour
ago she voted for Nick Skelton. Not smart from her, with Christmas
coming up. I appreciate everyone's support, congratulations to all of
the athletes, it has been an amazing year for British sport, I am proud
to be part of it, so thank you, and I hope you have a great night.
An unprecedented third time winner, the 2016 Sports Personality of the
Year, the amazing Andy Murray. He has got some enthusiast expands
their behind him. Congratulations to all tonight's
nominees, award winners and all of our sports stars who've
made this an unforgettable year. Stay with us, as the
Apprentice final follows us But from all of us here
in Birmingham, goodnight
Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan host the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Now in its 63rd year, the show recognises the standout achievers and relives the must-see sporting moments in front of a 12,000 strong crowd at Birmingham's Genting Arena. There are 16 contenders shortlisted for the main Sports Personality of the Year Award, and the result is determined by a public vote. Team of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Unsung Hero are some of the other awards to be given out, and the inspirational films, emotional moments and live performances capture all the highlights from an incredible year of sport.