The fourth Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards celebrated the achievements of our 2013 Rising Stars and British sporting successes from the year.
British radio and TV presenter George Lamb and Sky Sports F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham hosted this year’s Annual Awards at the Royal Opera House, London, which saw past, present and future athletes all collect awards on the night.
The Academy recognised this year’s greatest British sporting achievements by giving awards for the Jump Off the Sofa Moment, the Most Inspirational Sporting Performance of the Year and the Patron’s Award for Sporting Legacy.
This year’s ceremony also honoured five of the 50 Academy Rising Stars by presenting each nominee with a Jaguar Academy of Sport Special Recognition Award. Following a year of unprecedented success, Jess Leyden was awarded the coveted Star of the Future award 2013 - an accolade won by Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones in 2010.
The Jump Off the Sofa Moment is a single truly memorable British sporting moment that will define the sporting landscape of 2013. This award was chosen by the audience on the night. Presented by Colin Jackson, this year’s Jump Off the Sofa Moment was Andy Murray’s final match point to win Wimbledon, the first of two awards received by Andy Murray on the night.
The Most Inspirational Sporting Performance of the Year is awarded to the greatest British sporting performance, from an individual or team, which defied the odds and inspired the British public. Sir David Brailsford presented to Andy Murray who won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion at the All England Club. Murray was in devastating form throughout the championships, dropping only three sets, and emphatically defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final.
The Jaguar Academy of Sport Patrons Award for Sporting Legacy recognises the contribution and dedication of an individual to British sport. This year’s award was presented by Sir Keith Mills to one of the most successful rowers of all-time, Britain’s greatest Olympian and Jaguar Academy of Sport Patron Sir Steve Redgrave. In a truly remarkable career, Redgrave won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games and an incredible nine World Rowing Championship gold medals.
This award is given to a single young athlete who has performed over and above their expectations. This year’s award was presented by Chris Froome (2013 Tour de France winner) and Jeremy Hicks (Jaguar UK Managing Director) to 18 year old GB rower Jess Leyden. Jess’s season culminated in claiming the nation's first ever openweight women’s singles championship gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Lithuania.