The 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony took place in Belfast on 20 December as the finest sporting talents in the UK were feted and celebrated for their year’s achievements.
As always it was a star-studded line-up of strong contestants and the bar was extremely high – all had claimed world titles, gold medals, title belts or had made history in 2015, and so it was extremely hard to call.
The main gong ultimately went to Andy Murray OBE, who helped guide Great Britain to their first Davis Cup victory for 79 years. He was the team talisman, winning all 11 of his cup matches during 2015, and triumphing three times in more than eight hours on court in the final against Belgium in Ghent.
A two-time major winner in his career and previous winner of the SPOTY award in 2013, he also reached the final of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of both Wimbledon and the French Open in 2015.
At Champions Speakers we count a number of Sports Personality of the Year winners among our ranks, so if you would like to hear some of Britain’s biggest sporting greats tell their stories at your event, we are the agency to contact.
You can book Lennox Lewis CBE, the 1999 SPOTY winner and the last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, to discuss his career – including his legendary bout against Mike Tyson – and give his opinion on the current state of boxing.
We can also set you up with the recipient of the 2003 Sports Personality gong, Jonny Wilkinson CBE. The poster boy of Clive Woodward’s successful tenure and considered the man who singlehandedly won England the Webb Ellis Trophy with his decisive drop goal in the final against Australia, he can discuss his time as the figurehead of the most successful Northern Hemisphere side in rugby history.
If Formula One is your preferred sport, you can secure the services of Damon Hill OBE for your after dinner speaking duties. The Hampstead-born Formula 1 veteran won an amazing 22 races and clinched the 1996 championship at a time when Michael Schumacher was the dominant racer of his day. No surprise that he is one of only three individuals to have won the SPOTY award twice – in 1994 and 1996.
To enquire about the above sportspeople or to browse our extensive range of after dinner speakers in fields including sport, business and motivational, contact Champions Speakers by completing the online form or by calling us on: +44 1509 85 29 27 today.