BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

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Sebastian Coe, the winner in 2012

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award[1] is an award given annually as part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony each December. The award is given to a sportsperson "who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime". The winner is selected by BBC Sport.[2] When football manager Alex Ferguson won the award in 2001, the BBC described the award as "a new accolade" to be presented annually;[3] however, two people had already received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The inaugural recipient of the award was Frank Bruno in 1996, who won it after his retirement from boxing that year.[4] Bruno was the favourite to win the main award in 1995, but lost to Damon Hill,[5] causing many to criticise his Lifetime Achievement Award as being a consolation award.[6][7][8] Golfer Seve Ballesteros won the award the following year, but after that the award was not presented for three years. The award has been presented annually since Ferguson ended the hiatus in 2001. Five of the eleven recipients have been associated with football; tennis and golf are the only other sports to have been represented more than once. Seven of the winners were born in the United Kingdom, and the other winners were born in Brazil, former Czechoslovakia, Spain, and Sweden. Martina Navratilova is the only woman to have won the award. The only recipient of the award on multiple occasions is Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros who won in 1997 and again in 2009, for his contribution to golf winning "the Open three times, the Masters twice as well as playing an inspirational role in the Ryder Cup".[9] The most recent winner, in 2012, was Sebastian Coe.

Winners[edit]

By year[edit]

Martina Navratilova, winner in 2003, is the only female recipient of the award.
Pelé, the winner in 2005
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Year Nat. Winner Sport Rationale Note
1996  United Kingdom Bruno, FrankFrank Bruno Boxing For his contributions to boxing which include winning the WBC heavyweight title.[10] [11]
1997  Spain Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros Golf "In recognition of his outstanding contribution to European golf over the last 20 years."[12] [13]
2001  United Kingdom Ferguson, AlexAlex Ferguson Football For a managing career at Manchester United since 1986 which has won seven league titles and "claimed an unprecedented treble of Premiership, FA Cup and European Cup".[3] [14]
2002  United Kingdom Best, GeorgeGeorge Best Football "In recognition of his footballing achievements", which include being named "Footballer of the Year and European Player of the Year in 1968", and winning two championship medals and a European Cup with Manchester United.[15] [16]
2003  Czechoslovakia Navratilova, MartinaMartina Navratilova Tennis "For a trophy-laden tennis career spanning 30 years, (...) winning a record 167 singles titles and an astonishing 329 trophies overall, 140 ahead of her nearest rival."[17] [18]
2004  United Kingdom Botham, IanIan Botham Cricket "For services to cricket" where he played 102 Tests for England in his 15-year career as an all-rounder. "During that time he took 383 wickets, which remains an English record, and scored 5,200 runs."[19] [20]
2005  Brazil Pelé Football For having a professional career in which "he scored 1,280 goals in 1,363 games" and "made 92 appearances for Brazil, scoring 77 goals" and winning three of the four World Cups he played in.[21][22] [23]
2006  Sweden Borg, BjörnBjörn Borg Tennis For "dazzl[ing] the world of tennis in the 1970s and 1980s, winning 11 Grand Slam titles" including 5 Wimbledon championships.[24] [25]
2007  United Kingdom Robson, BobbyBobby Robson Football For "his contributions as both player and manager in a career spanning more than half a century"[26] [27]
2008  United Kingdom Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton Football For achievements that include helping "England to World Cup success in 1966 and [leading] Manchester United to European Cup glory in 1968, scoring twice in the final".[28] [29]
2009  Spain Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros Golf For his contributions to golf which include winning "the Open three times, the Masters twice (and) playing an inspirational role in the Ryder Cup".[9] [9]
2010  United Kingdom Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham Football For his playing career as well as his roles in the London 2012 Olympic bid and his central role in attempting to bring the 2018 World Cup to England [30]
2011  United Kingdom Redgrave, SteveSteve Redgrave Rowing For "his huge contribution to rowing, his long and extraordinary career, and his ongoing commitment to promoting sport in the UK" [31]
2012  United Kingdom Coe, SebastianSebastian Coe Athletics For his role in both London's bid for, and organisation of the hosting of, the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games. [32]

By nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by each nationality based on the principle of jus soli.

Winners by nationality
Nationality Number of wins
 United Kingdom 9
 Spain 2
 Brazil 1
 Czech Republic 1
 Sweden 1

By sport[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by the winners sporting profession.

Winners by sport
Sporting profession Number of wins
Football 6
Golf 2
Tennis 2
Boxing 1
Cricket 1
Rowing 1
Athletics 1

References[edit]

General

Specific

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