BBC Sports Personality winners: Who won the 2022 awards?

Beth Mead poses with the BBC Sports Person of the Year award
Mead becomes the first female footballer to win the BBC Sports Person of the Year award

Who are the winners of this year’s BBC Sports Person of the Year Awards?

Sports personality of the year

Sport: Football

Key Achievement: Mead starred at Euro 2022 this summer, helping the Lionesses to Wembley glory, England’s first major trophy in women’s football.

The 27-year-old’s stellar performances at Euro 2022 led to her being named player of the tournament, as well as winning the Golden Boot with six goals and five assists.

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Team of the year and coach of the year

Name: English lionesses and Sarina Wiegman

Sport: Football

Key Achievement: Wiegman led England to victory at the Euros this summer, the first major national trophy in women’s football.

England are unbeaten in 26 games since Wiegman’s appointment in 2021.

Led by captain Leah Williamson, the Euro victory over Germany also marked England’s first major football trophy since the 1966 men’s World Cup triumph.

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World sports star of the year

Name: Lionel Messi

Sport: Football

Key Achievement: Messi, 35, led Argentina to their first World Cup triumph in 36 years in Qatar.

The Paris St-Germain forward won the tournament’s Ballon d’Or – awarded to the best player – after scoring seven goals in his fifth World Cup.

Messi scored twice in the World Cup final and also converted a penalty in the shootout Argentina beat hosts France 4-2 on penalties after an exciting 3-3 draw.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Name: Usain Bolt

Sport: Athletics

Key Achievement: Bolt, 36, is the fastest sprinter in history and retired in August 2017 as a 19-time world champion.

He was the Olympic champion in 100m and 200m at three consecutive Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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Helen Rollason Award

Name: Rob Burrow

Sport: Rugby league

Key Achievement: Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019 – two years after retiring from a 17-year career.

He received the award for his tireless fundraising and awareness of MND while battling the disease himself.

Burrow’s former Leeds Rhinos team-mate and close friend Kevin Sinfield received a special BBC award for undertaking a series of fundraising challenges while championing MND research.

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Unsung Hero

Name: Mike Alden

Sport: Football

Success: Being diagnosed with brittle bone disease at the age of four did not stop Alden from playing football as a child – and he has since encouraged others to play by founding Park Knowle Football Club.

Located in one of the most deprived areas of Bristol, it is open to players of all ages and abilities.

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Young Sports Person of the Year

Name: Jessica Gadirova

Sport: Gymnastics

Success: The 18-year-old became only Britain’s fifth individual world champion when she won floor gold in November.

This triumph came after Gadirova successfully defended her European floor title in Munich in August.

She also became the first British woman to win a world all-around medal, taking bronze in that event.

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