BERLIN, GERMANY – The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of more than 50 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the top accolades at this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards.
The tennis duo were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Berlin ceremony for their 2015 achievements.
Djokovic, 28, reached all four Grand Slam finals, winning three of them, a feat emulated by Williams, 34.
Brazil’s Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias, 27, was named disabled sportsperson of the year after winning seven gold medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships.
The Laureus World Sports Awards supports Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does to transform the lives of individuals and communities around the world by using the power of sport as a tool to combat challenging social issues. Since its inception, Laureus Sport for Good has raised over €100 million and supported over 150 projects worldwide which use sport to tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage.
Team of the Year: New Zealand, who won the Rugby World Cup win
Comeback of the Year: Rugby player Dan Carter, who helped the All Blacks become champions after missing the 2011 final because of injury
Breakthrough of the Year: US golfer Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and US Open
Action Sportsperson of the Year: German triathlete Jan Frodeno, who became World Ironman champion
Athlete of the Year: Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi
Lifetime Achievement Award: Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda
Spirit of Sport Award: Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff
Cruyff, who died of cancer aged 68 on 24 March, was recognised for his work helping to deliver sport-related projects for underprivileged children around the world.
“He represented everything that was good about sport,” said Laureus World Sports Academy chairman Edwin Moses.
For full biographies of Winners and Nominees go to www.laureus.com
Three new members were welcomed to the Laureus World Sports Academy during the Awards Ceremony – German skier Maria Höfl-Riesch, Spanish football legend Raul and Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll.
The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy present in Berlin include: Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Cafu, Nadia Comaneci, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, Morné du Plessis, Luis Figo, Sean Fitzpatrick, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Hakkinen, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Mike Horn, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Alexey Nemov, Brian O’Driscoll, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raul, Steve Redgrave, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt.
Other guests included: Oliver Bierhoff, Ole Bischof, Stefan Blöcher, Fredi Bobic, Marie Bochet, Martin Braxenthaler, Bob Burnquist, Flavio Canto, Liu Cuiqing, Genzebe Dibaba, Pieter du Preez, Omara Durand, Anna Fenninger, Jan Frodeno, Regina Halmich, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Hoy, Martin Kaymer, Chloe Kim, Christa Kinshofer, Philip Köster, Stefan Kretzschmar, Nia Künzer, Jens Lehmann, Joachim Löw, Garrett McNamara, Victoria Pendleton, Jamie Redknapp, Nico Rosberg, Anna Schaffelhuber, Axel Schulz, Michael Teuber, Pascal Wehrlein, Toto Wolff, Kathi Wörndl.
2. GV’s 10″
3. Red carpet
3.1 Mercedes concept arriving with Laureus director and Mercedes director. 24″
3.2 Laureus director vox pop 2 quotes.
1st quote – 26″
2nd quote – 9″
3.3 more red carpet arrivals including DJoko – 11″
3.5 more red carpet arrivals including Lewis Hamilton – 26″
3.6 Lewis Hamilton vox pop – 9″
3.7 Mercedes car arrival – 7″
3.8 David Coulthard arrival – 3″
3.9 David Coulthard vox pop – 15″
3.10 Nico Rosberg arrival – 6″
3.11 rosberg vox pop – 16″
3.12 more red carpet DJoko 3″
3.13 DJoko vox pop – 27″
3.14 Lauda red carpet – 12″
3.15 Becker red carpet – 4″
3.16 Becker vox pop – 16″
4.0 trophy shots – 13″
5.0 award opening and intro – 33″
6.0 sportsman of the year award – DJoko -3’30”
7.0 life time award – Lauda – 1’36”
8.0 team award – NZ all blacks – 2’44”
9.0 breakthrough award – 58″
10.0 spirit award – 2’10”
15.0 disability award – 32″