Laureus World Sports Awards

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Laureus World Sports Awards
Awarded for men and women from the world of sport along with their achievements from the previous calendar year
Hosted by Bill Murray (2016)
Highlights
Sportsman of the Year 2016 Novak Djokovic
Sportswoman of the Year 2016 Serena Williams
Team of the Year 2016 New Zealand national rugby union team
Comeback of the Year 2016 Dan Carter
Breakthrough of the Year 2016 Jordan Spieth
Official website http://www.laureus.com

The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honoring remarkable individuals from the world of sports along with the greatest sporting achievements throughout the year. It was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont and supported by its global partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. The first ceremony was held on May 25, 2000 in Monte Carlo.

In order to find the winners of the Awards, the Laureus Nominations Panel composed of professional sports editors, writers and broadcasters vote to create a shortlist of six nominations in five categories:

  1. Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
  2. Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
  3. Laureus World Team of the Year
  4. Laureus World Comeback of the Year
  5. Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

The nominees of the two remaining categories are chosen by specialist panels:

  • Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year
  • Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Then, members of the Laureus World Sports Academy select the winner by voting in a secret ballot.

Proceeds from the Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports over 150 community projects in several countries.[1] These projects have already helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-half million young people.

The Awards Ceremony[edit]

Statuette[edit]

Winners receive the Laureus statuette, crafted by Cartier, with its representation of the striving human form against an engraved representation of the continents.

Ceremony[edit]

Year Place Venue Host(s) Music guest
2000 Monaco Monaco Sporting Club Jeff Bridges, Ashley Judd and Dylan McDermott Bon Jovi Patron was Nelson Mandela
2001 Grimaldi Forum Heidi Klum and Gregory Hines Leann Rimes Patron was Prince Albert
2002 Eriq Lasalle Russell Watson
2003 Eriq Lasalle Gabrielle
2004 Portugal Lisbon Cultural Centre of Belém Rachel Hunter and John McEnroe The Corrs patron was Jose Manuel Barroso
2005 Portugal Estoril Casino Estoril Morgan Freeman Mary J. Blige
2006 Spain Barcelona Parque del Fórum Teri Hatcher and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Jamiroquai
2007 Palau Sant Jordi Cuba Gooding, Jr. Sugababes patron was Juan Carlos I of Spain
2008 Russia Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Cuba Gooding, Jr. Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra attended by President Vladimir Putin
2009 Ceremony cancelled due to world economic crisis; awards presented to winners individually at other events from May to June.[2]
2010 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Kevin Spacey Mika
2011 Kevin Spacey Ronan Keating
2012 United Kingdom London Central Hall Westminster Clive Owen Bryan Ferry
2013 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Morgan Freeman Bebel Gilberto
2014 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Istana Budaya[3] Benedict Cumberbatch[4] Jamie Foxx[5]
2015 China Shanghai Shanghai Grand Theatre Benedict Cumberbatch Liao Changyong
2016 Germany Berlin Palais am Funkturm[6] Bill Murray Marlon Roudette

The Laureus World Sports Academy[edit]

The Laureus World Sports Academy is an association of 59 of sports personalities[7] who volunteer their time to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. They also vote each year to decide the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Winners by category[edit]

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year[edit]

Year Sportsman Sportswoman
Name Sport Name Sport
2016 Serbia Novak Djokovic Tennis United States Serena Williams Tennis
2015 Serbia Novak Djokovic Tennis Ethiopia Genzebe Dibaba Athletics
2014 Germany Sebastian Vettel Formula One United States Missy Franklin Swimming
2013 Jamaica Usain Bolt Athletics United Kingdom Jessica Ennis Athletics
2012 Serbia Novak Djokovic Tennis Kenya Vivian Cheruiyot Athletics
2011 Spain Rafael Nadal Tennis United States Lindsey Vonn Alpine skiing
2010 Jamaica Usain Bolt Athletics United States Serena Williams Tennis
2009 Jamaica Usain Bolt Athletics Russia Yelena Isinbayeva Athletics
2008 Switzerland Roger Federer Tennis Belgium Justine Henin Tennis
2007 Switzerland Roger Federer Tennis Russia Yelena Isinbayeva Athletics
2006 Switzerland Roger Federer Tennis Croatia Janica Kostelić Alpine skiing
2005 Switzerland Roger Federer Tennis United Kingdom Kelly Holmes Athletics
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Formula One Sweden Annika Sörenstam Golf
2003* United States Lance Armstrong Cycling United States Serena Williams Tennis
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Formula One United States Jennifer Capriati Tennis
2001 United States Tiger Woods Golf Australia Cathy Freeman Athletics
2000* United States Tiger Woods Golf United States Marion Jones Athletics

* — The 2000 and 2003 awards given to Marion Jones and Lance Armstrong were later rescinded in the aftermath of doping revelations. No replacement winner was chosen.

Team of the Year[edit]

Year Team of the Year
Name Sport
2016 New Zealand New Zealand national rugby union team Rugby union
2015 Germany German national football team Football
2014 Germany Bayern Munich Football
2013 European Union European Ryder Cup Team Golf
2012 Spain FC Barcelona Football
2011 Spain Spain national football team Football
2010 United Kingdom Brawn Formula One Team Formula One
2009 China China Olympic Team Olympics
2008 South Africa South Africa national rugby union team Rugby
2007 Italy Italy national football team Football
2006 France Renault Formula One Team Formula One
2005 Greece Greece national football team Football
2004 England England national rugby union team Rugby
2003 Brazil Brazil national football team Football
2002 Australia Australian men's cricket team Cricket
2001 France France national football team Football
2000 England Manchester United Football

Breakthrough of the Year[edit]

Prior to 2007, this award was called Newcomer of the Year

Comeback of the Year[edit]

Paula Radcliffe was awarded the "Comeback of the Year Award" in 2008

Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year[edit]

Action Sportsperson of the Year[edit]

Stephanie Gilmore was awarded the "Action Sportsperson of the Year Award" in 2010

Prior to 2007, this award was called Alternative Sportsperson of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Exceptional Achievement Award[edit]

Spirit of Sport Award[edit]

Sport for Good Award[edit]

Awards by year[edit]

2016[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Novak Djokovic  Serbia Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Serena Williams  United States Tennis
Team of the Year New Zealand national rugby union team  New Zealand Rugby union
Comeback of the Year Dan Carter  New Zealand Rugby union
Sportsperson with a Disability Daniel Dias  Brazil Swimming
Breakthrouth of the year Jorden Spieth  United States Golf
Action Sportsperson Jan Frodeno  Germany Triathlon
Spirit of Sport Award Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Soccer
Lifetime Achievement Award Niki Lauda  Austria Formula 1
Sport for Good Award Moving the Goalposts  Kenya gender inequality, HIV/AIDS

2015[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Novak Djokovic  Serbia Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia Athletics
Team of the Year German national football team  Germany Football
Comeback of the Year Schalk Burger  South Africa Rugby union
Sportsperson with a Disability Tatyana McFadden  United States Teack and field
Breakthrouth of the year Daniel Ricciardo  Australia Formula One
Action Sportsperson Alan Eustace  United States BMX
Spirit of Sport Award Yao Ming  China Basketball
Exceptional Achievement Award Li Na  China Tennis
Sport for Good Award Skateistan  Afghanistan NGO

2014[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Sebastian Vettel  Germany Formula One
Sportswoman of the Year Missy Franklin  United States Swimming
Team of the Year Bayern Munich  Germany Football
Comeback of the Year Rafael Nadal  Spain Tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Marie Bochet  France Skiing
Breakthrough of the Year Marc Márquez  Spain Motor Cycling
Action Sportsperson Jamie Bestwick  United Kingdom BMX

2013[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Usain Bolt  Jamaica Athletics
Sportswoman of the Year Jessica Ennis  United Kingdom Athletics
Team of the Year European Ryder Cup Team  Europe Golf
Comeback of the Year Felix Sánchez  Dominican Republic Athletics
Sportsperson with a Disability Daniel Dias  Brazil Swimming
Breakthrough of the Year Andy Murray  United Kingdom Tennis
Action Sportsperson Felix Baumgartner  Austria Adventure
Lifetime Achievement Award Sebastian Coe  United Kingdom Athletics
Exceptional Achievement Award Michael Phelps  United States Swimming

2012[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Novak Djokovic  Serbia Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya Athletics
Team of the Year FC Barcelona  Spain Football
Comeback of the Year Darren Clarke  United Kingdom Golf
Sportsperson with a Disability Oscar Pistorius  South Africa Athletics
Breakthrough of the Year Rory McIlroy  United Kingdom Golf
Action Sportsperson Kelly Slater  United States Surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Sir Bobby Charlton  United Kingdom Football
Spirit of Sport Award
Sport for Good Award Raí  Brazil Football

2011[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Rafael Nadal  Spain Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Lindsey Vonn  United States Skiing
Team of the Year Spain National Football Team  Spain Football
Comeback of the Year Valentino Rossi  Italy MotoGP
Sportsperson with a Disability Verena Bentele  Germany Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing
Breakthrough of the Year Martin Kaymer  Germany Golf
Action Sportsperson Kelly Slater  United States Surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Zinedine Zidane  France Football
Spirit of Sport Award European Ryder Cup Team  Europe Golf
Sports for Good Award May El-Khalil  Lebanon Founder of Beirut Marathon

2010[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Usain Bolt  Jamaica Athletics
Sportswoman of the Year Serena Williams  United States Tennis
Team of the Year Brawn Formula 1 Team  United Kingdom Formula One
Comeback of the Year Kim Clijsters  Belgium Tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Natalie du Toit  South Africa Swimming
Breakthrough of the Year Jenson Button  United Kingdom Formula One
Action Sportsperson Stephanie Gilmore  Australia Surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Nawal El Moutawakel  Morocco Track and Field
Sport for Good Award Dikembe Mutombo  DRC Basketball

2009[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Usain Bolt  Jamaica Athletics
Sportswoman of the Year Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia Athletics
Team of the Year China Olympic Team  China Olympics
Comeback of the Year Vitali Klitschko  Ukraine Boxing
Sportsperson with a Disability Daniel Dias  Brazil Swimming
Breakthrough of the Year Rebecca Adlington  United Kingdom Swimming
Action Sportsperson Kelly Slater  United States Surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award no award
Spirit of Sport Award
Sports for Good Award

2008[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer   Switzerland Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Justine Henin  Belgium Tennis
Team of the Year South African rugby team  South Africa Rugby
Comeback of the Year Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom Athletics
Sportsperson with a Disability Esther Vergeer  Netherlands Tennis
Breakthrough of the Year Lewis Hamilton  United Kingdom Formula One
Action Sportsperson Shaun White  United States Snowboarding/Skateboarding
Lifetime Achievement Award Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Athletics
Spirit of Sport Award Dick Pound  Canada World Anti-Doping Agency
Sports for Good Award Brendan Tuohy and Sean Tuohy  United States Basketball

2007[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer   Switzerland Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia Athletics
Team of the Year Italy national football team  Italy Football
Comeback of the Year Serena Williams  United States Tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Martin Braxenthaler  Germany Skiing
Breakthrough of the Year Amélie Mauresmo  France Tennis
Action Sportsperson Kelly Slater  United States Surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Franz Beckenbauer  Germany Football
Spirit of Sport Award FC Barcelona  Spain Football
Sports for Good Award Luke Dowdney  United Kingdom Boxing

2006[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer   Switzerland Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Janica Kostelić  Croatia Alpine Skiing
Team of the Year nault F1 Team  France Formula one
Newcomer of the Year Rafael Nadal  Spain Tennis
Comeback of the Year Martina Hingis   Switzerland Tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Ernst van Dyk  South Africa Wheelchair Racing
Alternative Sportsperson Angelo d'Arrigo  Italy Aviation
Lifetime Achievement Award Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Football
Spirit of Sport Award Valentino Rossi  Italy Motorcycling
Sports for Good Award Jürgen Griesbeck  Germany Streetworldfootball

2005[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Roger Federer   Switzerland Tennis
Sportswoman of the Year Kelly Holmes  United Kingdom Athletics
Team of the Year Greece national football team  Greece Football
Newcomer of the Year Liu Xiang  China Athletics
Comeback of the Year Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi  Italy Car Racing
Sportsperson with a Disability Chantal Petitclerc  Canada Athletics
Alternative Sportsperson Ellen MacArthur  United Kingdom Yachting
Lifetime Achievement Award No award
Spirit of Sport Award Boston Red Sox  United States Baseball
Sports for Good Award Gerry Storey  United Kingdom Boxing (trainer)

2004[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Michael Schumacher  Germany Formula one
Sportswoman of the Year Annika Sörenstam  Sweden Golf
Team of the Year England rugby union team  England Rugby
Newcomer of the Year Michelle Wie  United States Golf
Comeback of the Year Hermann Maier  Austria Alpine Skiing
Sportsperson with a Disability Earle Connor  Canada Track and Field Athletics (rescinded)
Alternative Sportsperson Layne Beachley  Australia Surfing
Lifetime Achievement Award Arne Næss Jr.  Norway Mountaineer
Sport for Good Award Cricket

2003[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Lance Armstrong  United States Cycling (rescinded)
Sportswoman of the Year Serena Williams  United States Tennis
Team of the Year Brazil national football team  Brazil Football
Newcomer of the Year Yao Ming  China Basketball
Comeback of the Year Ronaldo  Brazil Football
Sportsperson with a Disability Michael Milton  Australia Alpine Skiing
Alternative Sportsperson Dean Potter  United States Speed Climbing
Lifetime Achievement Award Gary Player  South Africa Golf

2002[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Michael Schumacher  Germany Motor Racing
Sportswoman of the Year Jennifer Capriati  United States Tennis
Team of the Year Australian men's cricket team  Australia Cricket
Newcomer of the Year Juan Pablo Montoya  Colombia Motor Racing
Comeback of the Year Goran Ivanišević  Croatia Tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Esther Vergeer  Netherlands Wheelchair Tennis
Alternative Sportsperson Bob Burnquist  Brazil Skateboarding
Sport for Good Award Sir Peter Blake  New Zealand Yachting
Lifetime Achievement Award Sir Peter Blake  New Zealand Yachting

2001[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Tiger Woods  United States Golf
Sportswoman of the Year Cathy Freeman  Australia Athletics
Team of the Year France national football team  France Football
Newcomer of the Year Marat Safin  Russia Tennis
Comeback of the Year Jennifer Capriati  United States Tennis
Sportsperson with a Disability Vinny Lauwers  Australia Paraplegic Sailing
Alternative Sportsperson Mike Horn  South Africa Equator Circumnavigation
Sport for Good Award Kip Keino  Kenya Athletics
Lifetime Achievement Award Sir Steve Redgrave  United Kingdom Rowing

2000[edit]

Category Winner Discipline
Sportsman of the Year Tiger Woods  United States Golf
Sportswoman of the Year Marion Jones  United States Athletics (rescinded)
Team of the Year Manchester United  England Football
Newcomer of the Year Sergio García  Spain Golf
Comeback of the Year Lance Armstrong  United States Cycling (rescinded)
Sportsperson with a Disability Louise Sauvage  Australia Wheelchair Athletics
Alternative Sportsperson Shaun Palmer  United States Multi-discipline
Sport for Good Award Eunice Kennedy Shriver  United States
Lifetime Achievement Award Pelé  Brazil Football

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laureus-supported projects are at work on every continent tackling issues such as gang violence, lack of education, racial intolerance, and HIV/AIDS.". 
  2. ^ LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS 2009 - podcastjournal.net, April 16, 2009
  3. ^ Laureus Awards to be aired live on TV2 - Other Sports | The Star Online
  4. ^ Benedict Cumberbatch to host Laureus Awards Ceremony | Laureus
  5. ^ BERNAMA - Oscar And Grammy Winner Jamie Foxx To Perform At Laureus World Sports Awards
  6. ^ The Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of April 18 at the Messe Berlin Palais am Funkturm, situated in the heart of Berlin.
  7. ^ "Puyol y Figo son nombrados miembros de la Academia Laureus". Eurosport Espana. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  8. ^ Michael Phelps Becomes First Winner Of Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award » Sportsvibe.co.uk
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/LaureusSport/status/448819123007401984

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