Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality
of the Year award
Golfer Rory McIlroy is runner up and athlete Jo Pavey comes third
Hamilton claims more than a third of the overall vote in annual poll
He took 209,920 votes with McIlroy on 123,745 and Pavey with 99,913
Sir Chris Hoy honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
Prince Harry was in the audience at the glitzy Glasgow ceremony
He handed award to wounded soldiers who competed in Invictus Games
'These men and women will no longer be defined by their injuries,' says Harry as he presents Helen Rollason Award
Published: 12:01 EDT, 14 December 2014 | Updated: 21:03 EDT, 14 December 2014
Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton added another title to his name last night as he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, beating golfer and long-time favourite Rory McIlroy.
The 29-year-old, who was joined on the red carpet by his bulldog Roscoe at the glittering ceremony in Glasgow, picked up the coveted prize to a standing ovation from the audience which included Prince Harry.
Although this year's contest had been tipped to be the tightest ever, Hamilton won by a suprisingly wide margin, with McIlroy taking second place, and long-distance runner Jo Pavey coming in third.
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Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton added another title to his name last night as he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, beating golfer Rory McIlroy into second place
Accepting the award, presented by recently retired rugby star Jonny Wilkinson, Hamilton said: 'I'm so surprised, a huge congratulations to all the champions'
Rory McIlroy (right) came in second place, with distance runner Jo Pavey (left) coming in third
The BBC said that Hamilton claimed more than a third of the overall vote. He took 209,920 votes with McIlroy second on 123,745.
Accepting the award Hamilton said: 'I'm so surprised, a huge congratulations to all the champions.
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'I'm so proud and honoured to be amongst such great British sporting champions.
'A massive thank you to all the people that called in, I really was not expecting it - because dude (McIlroy), you had such an incredible year.'
His eyes filling with tears, Sir Chris said it was an honour to join the list of previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, including Seve Ballesteros and Pele
Sir Chris took time to thank his wife Sarra, who gave birth to their son Callum 11 weeks early in October,and was not at the ceremony to see her husband collect his award
Hamilton won his second Formula One world title last month after edging an often controversial battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg when he clinched the crown with victory at Abu Dhabi last month.
He twice been runner-up for the prize and beat long-time favourite McIlroy, who won two majors in 2014, in the public vote.
BBC BLUNDER AS MCILROY ANNOUNCED AS SPOTY WINNER
The BBC was left red-faced when, several minutes before the official result was announced an error on its website claimed golfer Rory McIlroy was the winner.
An update to the site at 10.21 under the headline ‘McIlroy wins Sports Personality award’ said: ‘Golfer Rory McIlroy wins 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.’
It was hastily removed to be replaced with the real winner Lewis Hamilton several minutes later.
With girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger busy with her West End role in Cats, Hamilton brought his bulldog, who was sporting a heavy gold chain encrusted with diamonds, and younger brother Nicholas to the awards do.
Hamilton did not name the former Pussycat Dolls singer and X Factor judge in his thank yous, but said he was 'inspired' by his family, including Nicholas and his father Anthony.
'My dad had four jobs at one stage to get me go-carting, my family, my brother, I have been incredibly inspired by my family.
'Tonight has been a huge reminder, we are always reminded quite often by how many great sportsmen we have here and I'm standing with the greats.
'I came here a few years ago and it's just a dream.
'I want to say a great thank you to my fans, to the team, thank you to all the fans, it's been an amazing year.
'I have always felt your support. I always say we win and lose together.
Prince Harry presented the Helen Rollason award to the wounded service personnel who took part in the first Invictus Games in September
'These men and women will no longer be defined by their injuries,' said the Prince, who was heavily involved in the organisation of the games
Prince Harry presents the Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award to Captain David Henson
Harry had told the crowd: 'We should not underestimate the power of sport, that changes life. All of those who compete in the Invictus Games have achieved so much just to make it to the starting line-up'
Prince Harry presents the award to UK team captain Dave Henson (right) on behalf of the wounded service personnel who took part in the first Invictus Games
'I'm like a proud dad', joked Harry as he handed the Helen Rollason Award to Capt Henson, in the presence of 30 competitors and on behalf of all 413 people who took part in the inaugural games in September
Accepting the award, Capt Henson said: 'We expected Aldershot but we were given the Olympic Stadium. It's absolutely overwhelming'
'I feel so proud to carry the Union Jack and I hope that I can continue to make you proud.'
McIlroy became the first UK golfer to win back-to-back majors when he claimed the US PGA title after winning the Open. The 25-year-old four-time major winner then continued his wonderful 2014 by helping Europe to a Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles in September.
'It was a phenomenal year,' McIlroy said. '(The Open) was the trophy I dreamed of winning as a little boy, to have my mother there was special. It makes me a little emotional. It was a special moment and one I'll cherish for the rest of my life.'
In third place was Pavey, who claimed 99,913 of the total 620,932 votes.
She became the oldest-ever female European champion by winning the 10,000 metres in Zurich aged 40 years and 325 days, and less than a year after giving birth to her second child.
The England women's rugby team picked up the honour for Team of the Year at the awards ceremony
Superbike racer, and King of the Jungle Carl Fogarty joined forces with diver Tom Daley to present the Coach of the Year award to Paul McGinley
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was named as Coach of the Year
Pavey said: 'I used to stress about training but now there are too many other things to think about.
'Maybe I'm a slow learner but it was worth waiting for, and I've enjoyed it a lot more. When I was younger, I used to train on Christmas Day, but I'll take it off this year.'
The other contenders for the award were Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale, dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin, boxer Carl Froch, skiier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans, swimmer Adam Peaty, gymnast Max Whitlock and skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold.
The event was presented for the BBC by Gary Lineker - whose croaky voice betrayed the fact he was struggling with what he termed 'man flu' - along with Gabby Logan and Clare Balding.
Presenters Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding on stage during last night's ceremony
Hamilton takes his seat for the awards show alongside his younger brother Nicholas
Recently retired rugby star Jonny Wilkinson sits next to Prince Harry at the awards ceremony
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane was one of the first winners of the night, beating para-cyclist Sophie Thornhill and golfer Bradley Neil to be named Young Sports Personality of the Year
Earlier this year the 17-year-old, who was given her award by boxer Nicola Adams, became the first British woman in 84 years to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games, coming out on top in the vault, all-around, floor and team events
When Hamilton won his first F1 title in 2008, he was second to Chris Hoy in the BBC poll, who was last night honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After previously presenting an honour to the wounded service personnel who took part in the Invictus Games, Prince Harry returned to the stage to present the trophy in front of fellow cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton.
His eyes filling with tears, 38-year-old Sir Chris said it was an honour to join the list of previous winners, including Seve Ballesteros and Pele.
'This really is incredibly special to me and even more special because it gets presented in Scotland, particularly this year as well with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup.
'What a year it's been, I feel like the luckiest guy around.'
Presenter Gary Lineker (left) and Hamilton chat during the ceremony as the former footballer introduced the crowd to the ten nominees
Rory McIlroy shakes hands with Gary Lineker as his 2014 achievements are listed to the audience
Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans discuss their sporting feats with presenter Clare Balding
Max Whitlock speaks to presenter Gabby Logan on stage, in front of an eye-catching photograph of himself in one of his gymnastic poses
Jo Pavey (left) and Charlotte Dujardin (right) take to the stage during the awards ceremony
Adam Peaty, who is just 19, won two golds and silver in the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Band Clean Bandit are joined by singer Jess Glynne to perform their hit song Rather Be
Presenter Gary Lineker speaks to nominee Gareth Bale via video link during the awards ceremony
Sir Chris took time to thank his wife Sarra, who gave birth to their son Callum 11 weeks early in October,and was not at the ceremony to see her husband collect his award.
'He surprised us by coming out 11 weeks early, little Callum.
'He was in hospital for eight weeks and finally came out last week and we got him home.
'I'm sure he'll be watching it on telly just now.'
Prince Harry presented the Helen Rollason Award, honouring 'outstanding achievement in the face of adversity', to UK Invictus Games team captain Dave Henson, in the presence of 30 competitors and on behalf of all 413 people who took part in the inaugural games in September.
Comedian Eddie Izzard, sporting a red and Union Flag manicure, was joined by Paralympian Libby Clegg to present the night's Unsung Hero award
The honour was awarded to Jill Stidever, 77, from Leicester, who has helped teach thousands of children with special needs learn to swim
'I'm not the conventional teacher of swimming but they inspire me so much with the things they can do, with their ability, that I have to find new ways to help them,' Mrs Stidiver told the crowd as they gave her a standing ovation
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: THE BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR ROLL OF HONOUR
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Became the fourth British driver to win multiple F1 world championships.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
ENGLAND WOMEN’S RUGBY
World Cup winners, who beat Canada 21-9 in the final.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, who retained the trophy at Gleneagles.
OVERSEAS SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Led Real Madrid to their 10th European Cup and named the World Player of the Year.
YOUNG PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Gymnast, 17, who won four golds to become the most successful Englishwoman at the Commonwealth Games in 84 years.
HELEN ROLLASON AWARD
INVICTUS GAMES COMPETITORS
Injured servicemen and women who performed at Prince Harry’s sporting competition this summer.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SIR CHRIS HOY
Six-time Olympic gold medalist and 11-time world champion, making him the most decorated British cyclist of all time.
GET INSPIRED UNSUNG HERO AWARD
77-year-old swimming coach from Hinckley in Leicestershire, for her work helping disabled children.
'These men and women will no longer be defined by their injuries,' said the Prince, who was heavily involved in the organisation of the games.
'Their stories move, humble and captivate us.
'We should not underestimate the power of sport, that changes life. All of those who compete in the Invictus Games have achieved so much just to make it to the starting line-up.
'They showed what can be achieved if you have the will. They also came together to say thank you for the unwavering support throughout their recovery and remember those who weren't so lucky.
'They are Invictus.'
F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (right) was joined on the Sports Personality of the Year award red carpet by his dog Roscoe. He and Rory McIroy (left) were the favourites to win the 2014 award
Roscoe certainly looked red carpet-ready, donning a large gold chain for the occasion
Hamilton's girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger (right) is currently starring in the West End revival of Cats
Roscoe looked at home on the red carpet, although Hamilton's other dog Coco was not present
Hamilton and Roscoe walk the red carpet together at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow
He joked: 'I'm like a proud dad,' as he handed over the gong to Capt Henson, telling him: 'Look around everybody is on their feet for you.'
The Afghanistan veteran, who lost both his legs when he accidentally stood on an IED in Helmand Province in February 2011, said: 'To use the phrase blown away is inappropriate but we were
'We expected Aldershot but we were given the Olympic Stadium. It's absolutely overwhelming.'
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane was one of the first winners of the night, beating para-cyclist Sophie Thornhill and golfer Bradley Neil to be named Young Sports Personality of the Year, after she was chosen by a secret ballot among a panel of judges.
A YEAR OF HAMILTON HIGHS: LEWIS'S 2014 BY NUMBERS
209,920 - Number of public votes received in the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
67 - Points ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg at the end of the season.
11 - Wins this year, making him the most successful non-German driver in one season as Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel both won 13 races in a single campaign.
7 - Fastest laps this season.
7 - Pole positions this year, although he came second to Rosberg who scored 11.
5 - His highest run of successive wins this year. Only Schumacher, Vettel and Alberto Ascari have managed more in one season.
2 - A second world title means Hamilton is now one of 16 drivers to have been champion more than once.
1 - After two second-placed finishes, Hamilton has his first BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
McIroy would have been hoping 2002 winner Paula Radcliffe would be his good luck charm for the evening as she greeted him on the red carpet with a warm hug
This year McIlroy became just the third player aged under 25 to win three majors, following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods
Boxing champion Carl Froch was joined at the ceremony by girlfriend Rachael Cordingley (left) while gymnast and fellow SPOTY nominee Max Whitlock walked the red carpet with girlfriend Leah Hickton (right)
Golden girl Lizzy Yarnold was also nominated for the top prize after scooping the top prize in the skeleton at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, and equestrian Charlotte Dujardin was also nominated after she became the first ever Briton to win the World Cup dressage title in Lyon in April this year
Skiier Kelly Gallagher (right) and her guide Charlotte Evans (left) were in the running for the top prize after winning Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold at the Sochi games this year, finishing top in the visually-impaired Super-G category
Earlier this year the 17-year-old became the first British woman in 84 years to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games, coming out on top in the vault, all-around, floor and team events.
'Our main aim was to get the team gold and after that it was like job done,' the teenager told BBC Five Live. 'I still can't believe I've won it. It's absolutely incredible, I'm so overwhelmed.'
Comedian Eddie Izzard, sporting a red and Union Flag manicure, was joined by Paralympian Libby Clegg as he handed the night's Unsung Hero award to Jill Stidever, who has helped teach thousands of children with special needs learn to swim.
'They're giving you a standing ovation look,' Izzard, who is patron of Join In, a sports volunteer charity, told the 77-year-old from Leicester as the crowd, including Prince Harry and rugby star Jonny Wilkinson rose to their feet.
The England Women's Rugby Team wore matching navy maxi-dresses for the glittering event, in which they were named Team of the Year
The team won their Rugby World Cup, defeating Canada 21-9 at the tournament in France
Rugby playing twins George and Thomas Burgess arrive for last night's glittering awards ceremony
Mother-to-be Rebecca Adlington showed off her burgeoning baby bump as she posed for photographs
Scottish broadcaster and Deacon Blue drummer Dougie Vipond with presenter Helen Skelton
'I'm not the conventional teacher of swimming but they inspire me so much with the things they can do, with their ability, that I have to find new ways to help them,' she said.
Last year's top gong was won by Andy Murray after he became the first British men's tennis player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
This year's nominees were joined by a host of stars from the world of sport and beyond, with both Olympians Paula Radcliffe and Victoria Pendleton sporting berry hues of red and burgundy as they arrived for the awards bash.
Sochi medal winner Yarnold was dressed in her favourite golden hue as she arrived in a glittering gown, while fellow nominees, boxing champion Froch and gymnast Whitlock were joined on the red carpet by their girlfriends Rachael Cordingley and Leah Hickton
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning had both swapped their rowing lycras for stylish black gowns, while swimmer Rebecca Adlington showed off her burgeoning baby bump after announcing she and husband Harry Needs were expecting their first child earlier this month.
Snowboarder Jenny Jones, who became the first British athlete to win an Olympic medal on snow in Sochi, and para-triathlete Alison Patrick won gold at the ITU World Championship event in Edmonton, Canada
Proud Scot Sir Chris Hoy (left) wore a tartan blue suit to the Glasgow ceremony, while fellow cyclist Mark Beaumont attended the prestigious bash with his wife Nicci (right)
British television presenter and wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan (left) and athlete Hannah Cockroft (right), who this year won double European gold in the 100m and 800m, arrive for the ceremony
David Weir, (left) who currently holds the British record at all track distances up to 5,000m, and swimmer Ellie Simmonds (right) take to the red carpet in Glasgow
Judy Murray also sported tartan on the red carpet, while Eddie Izzard paired his dinner jacket with high heels and red nail varnish
Izzard showed off his Union flag-inspired manicure as he chatted to Hamilton on the red carpet
Former football manager Lawrie McMenemy joined singer Susan Boyle on the red carpet, while Scotland rugby greats Scott and Gavin Hastings arrived together
Rowing duo Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning posed together on the red carpet, while former rower James Cracknell was joined by wife Beverley Turner
Superbike racer Carl Fogarty was also at last night's glittering ceremony, having recently returned from Australia where he was crowned King of the Jungle in this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.
Fogarty joined forces with diver Tom Daley to present the Coach of the Year award to Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.
'I'm very, very honoured,' said McGinley. 'I need to thank the people of Scotland. Your support was huge. I had 12 great players, 12 great personalities and a great backroom team and vice captains.'
But the Ryder Cup winners missed out on Team of the Year, which went to the England women's rugby squad, who had dressed in matching navy blue dresses to receive their award.
'I would like to thank the RFU and Sport England and our friends and family and to everybody at home, this is a massive turning point for women's sport,' said captain Katy McLean.
She added: 'Team of the year is exactly that, it's about a team and this group of people have worked so hard to achieve that.'
Sports stars and celebrities arrive on the red carpet for the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award 2014
Diver Tom Daley (left) and former rugby player Kenny Logan (right) on the red carpet last night
Boxer Nicole Adams arrives for the glittering ceremony last night
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the overseas award, after leading the Spanish club to Champions League glory in May.
The reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, 29, who has already netted 25 goals this season, was not in Glasgow to collect the trophy, but recorded a video message offering his gratitude at receiving the honour.
After he was handed the award by main award nominee and team mate Gareth Bale he said: 'Thank you BBC who chose me, it was a great honour to receive this trophy and thank you to my fans in England.'
With the awards ceremony being held in Glasgow, there was a distinctly Scottish flavour among the guests, with cyclist Sir Chris donning a tartan suit and both Judy Murray and singer Susan Boyle in attendance.
Paula Radcliffe (left) and Beth Tweddle (right) both looked glamourous as they took to the red carpet
Biker Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty arrived at the awards do fresh from being crowned King of the Jungle in this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here
Cycling star Victoria Pendleton sported a burgundy maxi-dress on the red carpet, while F1 presenter Suzi Perry looked cool in a white trouser suit
Former rugby union player and commentator Andy Nichol arrived at the ceremony with his wife Janet
THE CONTENDERS FOR SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2014
Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship in a dazzling year from the Irish golfer
Rory McIlroy, Golf: After a disappointing 2013, McIlroy has had a storming year, winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool just two months after splitting from former fiancee tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.
The victory meant McIlroy was just the third player aged under 25 to win three majors, following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One: Winning 11 Grands Prix along the way, Hamilton is second favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year after winning the Formula One World Championship.
His Mercedes team dominated the season, with Hamilton having the edge over team mate Nico Rosberg to earn the Briton his second title.
Lewis Hamilton won his second Formula One World Championship this year
Jo Pavey, Athletics: Losing out only to two young Kenyan runners, Pavey's first success of the year came at the Commonwealth Games where she won the bronze medal in the 5,000 metres.
Ten days after the games in Glasgow, Pavey, still going strong at 40, won her first major title - the 10,000 metres at the European Championships.
Gareth Bale, Football: An outside runner to win the top gong, the Real Madrid footballer became the first Welshman to score in a European Cup or Champions League final when he scored the winner against Atletico Madrid.
In a memorable year for the Welsh captain, Bale also won La Liga (the Spanish top division), the Copa del Rey (the Spanish version of the FA Cup) and UEFA Super Cup.
Lizzy Yarnold won Winter Olympic gold in Sochi
Charlotte Dujardin, Dressage: Riding Dutch horse Valegro, Dujardin won two individual gold medals as well as a team silver at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
She also became the first ever Briton to win the World Cup dressage title in Lyon in April this year.
Lizzy Yarnold, Skeleton: Barely putting a foot wrong all season, Yarnold won gold at the 2013-14 Skeleton World Cup.
But her most memorable performance came at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Yarnold beat her closest competition by nearly a whole second.
Adam Peaty won two golds at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Carl Froch, Boxing: After their first bout ended in controversial circumstances, Froch's second fight with George Groves was a much more cagey affair.
However, Froch's sensational punch in the eighth round knocked Groves clean out and was dubbed 'the best punch you will ever see in a British boxing ring' by BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello.
Adam Peaty, Swimming: Peaty, just 19 years of age, won two golds and silver in the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In an impeccable season for the young man, he also took four golds in the European Championships in Berlin.
Gymnast Max Whitlock won three golds in Glasgow
Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans, Skiing: Gallagher and Evans won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold at the Sochi games this year, finishing first in the visually-impaired Super-G category.
Gallagher was given an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours as a result of her fantastic achievement.
Max Whitlock, Gymnastics: Whitlock took an incredible three golds at the Commonwealth Games, as well as a silver and a bronze.
His success followed gold on the pommel horse and team silver at the European Championships earlier in the year,
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