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Andy Murray - Sports Personality of The Year 2013
Andy has been named the BBC Sports Personality of The Year 2013 at a star-studded ceremony in Leeds.
The British public voted for the award, which is considered to be among one of the most prestigious in British sport, during the live show, which was broadcast on BBC One. During the show, there was recap of Andy’s last 12 months, which included highlights of his grass court domination particularly his historic Wimbledon victory at the All England Club in July and highlights.
Andy was unable to be at the live show in person due to being away at his rigorous training camp in Miami, however he was able to join up via satellite link before voting commenced to reflect on his victory at SW19 just 5 months earlier and then again after he was announced as the winner.
Winning the award was the tip of the iceberg of a great season, and after being presented with the trophy by Martina Navratilova, Andy spoke to all those in Leeds and tuning in and accepted the award with an emotional speech “I’ve got a few people to thank – my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They’ve supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn’t have done it without you. My team are also all standing behind the camera here. They’ve been with me for a long time and I also couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you to all of them.”
“And finally I’d like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much sport over the last couple of years. It has made a huge difference. I know sometimes I’m not the easiest person to support but I’ve had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I’m glad I managed to do it. Also, no matter how excited I try to sound my voice always sounds boring – that’s just my voice, I’m sorry! I’m very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone.”