October 24, 2016

Murray Named 2015 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year

Andy Murray

Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the second time in three years.

The 2013 winner helped make history by guiding Britain’s tennis team to a first Davis Cup victory for 79 years.

Rugby League star Kevin Sinfield was runner-up, with heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill third.

The Scot won 361,446 of the 1,009,498 votes cast (35%), with Sinfield getting 278,353 (28%) and Ennis-Hill 78,898 (8%).

Murray was presented the award by Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan, in front of a sell-out 7,500 crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

A two-time major winner in his career, this year he reached the final of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of both Wimbledon and the French Open.

The 28-year-old, who finished the year second in the world tennis rankings, won all 11 of his Davis Cup rubbers, three in the final against Belgium.

He was also named Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2004.

An emotional Murray said: “Thank you very much. I didn’t expect this.

“A friend sent me a message the other day with an article saying: ‘Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in Worthing,’ which I thought was a bit harsh – on Worthing.

“Congratulations to everyone who was involved tonight. This has been a five-year journey – we were down in the bottom level of tennis and now we’re number one.

“I dedicate my life to this sport and I work extremely hard every day to make you proud.”

One of the biggest cheers of the night was saved for Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill, who was given a standing ovation as he was presented with the Coach of the Year award after guiding his country to their first major finals for 30 years.

The winner of the Helen Rollason Award, eight-year-old Bailey Matthews, who has cerebral palsy, captured the hearts of the crowd as he asked for them to stop cheering and received another big ovation as he said a small speech. Source: BBC

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