British Sports Awards

The SJA’s 2016 British Sports Awards, sponsored by The National Lottery, take place at The Pavilion by the Tower of London on Thursday Dec 15.

Voting for these awards is restricted to the members of the SJA – more than 700 of the country’s leading sports writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters, who cast their votes to select the Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year in the longest-established awards of their kind in Britain.

This year’s all-star ceremony, where the 68th British Sports Awards will be staged in front of around 600 very special guests, will take place at The Pavilion at the Tower of London on Thursday December 15.

The SJA’s awards have innovated throughout their history, establishing the country’s first award specifically for sportswomen, and in 1963, having the first award for what today is called paralympic sport.

National Lottery Logo 1Since 2012, the SJA’s British Sports Awards have been generously sponsored by The National Lottery, who through two decades and £6 billion of funding, have transformed the fortunes of many of Britain’s sports.

The SJA British Sports Awards has a history dating back to 1949, and the December lunch regularly attracts some of the biggest names in British sport.

Past winners of these awards have included F1 world champion Lewis Hamlton, Olympic gold medal heptathlete Jessica Ennis, Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, cycling giant Chris Hoy, swimming great Rebecca Adlington, 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and record-breaking runner Paula Radcliffe.

In December 2015, the titles were won by long jump world, Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion Greg Rutherford, the Great Britain Davis Cup team led by Andy Murray, and heptathlon world champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, who took our Sportswoman title for a record-equalling fourth time.