This is the first end of year awards that we shall be handing out here at the AllSportReport. Feel free to leave your suggestions below!
Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt (Athletics)
In a year with so many great sporting achievments, one man stood out, captivating the minds of those who witnessed history in the making. Retaining his gold medals from the previous Olympics, this prodigious talent is now, without a doubt, the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen.
Mr. Bolt was kind enough to give us a few words, “My focus for 2012 was to defend my titles successfully and I did that. I am pleased with the results. If that brings awards, I am always grateful.”
Other Nominees: LeBron James (Basketball), Sebastian Loeb (Rally Car Racing), Lionel Messi (Football), Rory McIlroy (Golf), Michael Phelps (Swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year: Valerie Adams (Athletics)
A well-known name within athletics, Valerie Adams has been phenomenal this year winning the shotput at both the Olympics and the World Indoor Championships. Hailing from New Zealand, this woman is no stranger to success and will probably be able to dominate the sport for a while longer. I cannot remember a time when she has been beaten in a ‘big’ tournament since she first won the World Championships back in 2007.
Other Nominees: Nicol David (Squash), Missy Franklin (Swimming), Serena Williams (Tennis)
Sports Team of the Year: Red Bull Racing (F1)
Another phenomenal season saw Red Bull pick up their third straight Constructors’ Championship and their number one driver Sebastian Vettel pick up his third straight Drivers’ Championship. With the best manager and engineer in Formula 1, it is no surprise to see this wonderful racing team win yet again. They struggled at the start of the season but Adrian Newey adjusted their car and the team never looked back.
Other Nominees: New Zealand (Rugby), Spain (Football), Team Sky (Cycling)
Individual Performance of the Year: David Rudisha 800m Olympic Final
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how amazing David Rudisha’s run in the Olympics final was. The Kenyan seemed to literally pull the rest of the competitors around the track so quickly that the runner in last place would have won the past two Olympic finals. He is the best 800m runner by a long way and breaking the World Record on such a big stage will help him gain the recognition he deserves.
Other Nominees: Jessica Ennis (Olympics Heptathalon), Chris Gayle (T20 World Cup semi-final), Andy Murray (Olympics Tennis Final), Ian Poulter (Ryder Cup), Epke Zonderland (Olympics High Bars Final)
Team Performance of the Year: Celtic (v Barcelona, Football)
Having just missed out on a point at Camp Nou, Celtic took on the best club side the world has ever seen at Parkhead. Boyed on by the raucous atmosphere, Celtic defended galliantly, and managed to pull off the biggest of upsets. This victory helped them qualify to the knock-out stages of the Champions’ League for next year.
Other Nominees: Europe (Ryder Cup, Day Four), Jamaica Men’s Relay 4×100 (Olympic Final), Spain (v Italy, Euros), GB Women’s Team Pursuit (Olympic Cycling)
Manager/Coach of the Year: Dave Brailsford (Team Sky/GB Cycling)
Has a nation ever risen to dominate a sport like Great Britain have done in cycling. Never before has the tiny islands of this country been good at cycling but now they are the leading powers in both road and track cycling thanks to one man and his vision. The team is built in his image and he has helped some very determined and talented athletes realise their potential on the highest of stages. Team Sky ended the year as the UCI World Tour Champions and Team GB dominated the Olympics once more. An outstanding effort from Dave Brailsford.
Other Nominees: Jim Harbaugh (NFL), Christian Horner (F1), Ivan Lendl (Tennis), Cesare Prandelli (Football)
Moment of the Year: Miricle at Medinah (Golf)
Europe were in the daldrums with no prospect of escape but Ian Poulter, with the inspiration of Seve Ballesteros in his sails, pulled his peers through the mud and muscled them past the domineering Americans on their own soil. A course which was more suited to the home side fell victim to the greatest Ryder Cup performance ever. Poulter would have won Individual Performance of the Year had it not been for the mesmirising performance by a great Kenyan.
The Englishman spoke to us about his awards, “It is an honor to win Moment of the Year and be nominated for Individual Performance of the Year. Everyone can see that I am passionate about the Ryder Cup and that passion brings out the best in me. I get goose bumps even talking about it. Not many people get an opportunity to live through something like that. I am already looking forward to 2014!”
Other Nominees: Agueroooooooooooooooo (Football), Michael Phelps breaking the Olympics Medal Record, Super Saturday (Athletics/Olympics)
Comeback Person of the Year: Peyton Manning (NFL)
Peyton Manning, in my opinion, is the greatest quarter-back to ever play the game and this season cements that opinion for me. He had four neck surgeries and was released by his beloved Indiannapolis Colts but John Elway and the Denver Broncos picked up the future Hall-of-Famer and together they have transformed Denver into the best team in the NFL. Both him and Adrian Peterson have been phenomenal since suffering career-threatening injuries but I thought that Peyton would never recover rather than Peterson’s extremely quick recovery.
Other Nominees: Dan Carter (Rugby), Adrian Peterson (NFL)
Tournament of the Year: Premier League (Football)
The 2011/2012 Premier League season was one of the best football seasons to date, with so many teams vying for the title and then the climactic finish, this was truly the best season of football that I have ever seen. Once the two Manchester clubs had pushed ahead, they kept throwing away their leads, first City, then United and then right at the death it looked as though City had thrown it away yet again but their saviours, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored with seconds left in the season to crown Manchester City champions of England.
Other Nominees: Formula 1 2012, London Olympics 2012, Ryder Cup (Golf)
Villian of the Year: Lance Armstrong (Cycling)
Possibly the greatest sportsman of all time has now been found to be a drug cheat. Not only that but a criminal drug smuggler. I personally hope he is never thrust into the public limelight again. To beat John Terry in this award took some doing.
Other Nominees: Joe Paterno (College American Football), Kevin Pietersen (Cricket), John Terry (Football), Greg Williams (NFL)