THE WINNERS OF THE YEAR 2015 ARE:
Sportsman of the Year
Won Wimbledon for the second time, defeating Roger Federer in the final in five sets. It was his seventh career Grand Slam title and his victory meant he replaced Rafael Nadal as world No.1. He also won the ATP Finals for the third time in a row. It was his seventh victory of the year, during which he only lost eight times in 69 matches. Won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award in 2012
Sportswoman of the Year
The Ethiopian athlete broke three world records in two weeks in 2014. On February 1 in Karlsruhe she broke the 1,500 metres indoor record, five days later it was the 3,000 metres in Stockholm and on February 15 in Birmingham she broke the two mile record. She joins Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt as the only athletes to break three world records in three different events in two weeks.
Team of the Year
Germany Men's Football Team
Became the first European team to win the FIFA World Cup in South America, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final. It was Germany’s fourth World Cup win. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove award, while manager Joachim Löw was named Coach of the Year in the Ballon d’Or awards. Captain Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller were picked for the FIFA Team of the Tournament.
Comeback of the Year
One of the outstanding players in international rugby, he survived death-threatening bacterial meningitis in intensive care to make a remarkable comeback to the South African team in 2014. He played against Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and was then named man of the match in the November victory over England, in which he scored the decisive third try.
Breakthrough of the Year
After Mark Webber announced his retirement from Formula One, his fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo replaced him at Red Bull. He made an instant impact, winning three Grand Prix in his rookie year – Canada, breaking a run of six Mercedes victories, Hungary and Belgium – and finishing ahead of teammate and fourtime world champion Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship.
Action Sportsperson Of The Year
American computer scientist who jumped from 135,889 feet (41.4km) breaking Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 world record for the highest free fall jump. Following a balloon-powered ascent, his jump to Earth lasted 15 minutes with speeds exceeding 821.45 mph (1,322kmh). His equipment included a life-support system to allow him to breathe pure oxygen in a pressure suit and a drogue parachute.
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
For the second year running, the amazing McFadden completed the classic marathon Grand Slam, winning in Boston, Chicago, London and New York. On the track she also broke the T54 world records in 1,500 and 5,000 metres. Earlier in the year, she showed her versatility by switching to the Winter Paralympics in Sochi and winning the silver medal in the 1km cross-country sprint.
Sport for Good Award
Sport has the power to change the world. This is a special award presented at the discretion of the Laureus World Sports Academy which goes to an individual who has brought that simple, elemental truth to life. An individual who has used this theme as the inspiration for their work; a person who has made an outstanding contribution to society through the medium of sport over many years and who has made a difference to the lives of young people around the world.
Academy Exceptional Achievement
This is a special award presented at the discretion of the Laureus World Sports Academy which is presented only in exceptional circumstances to mark a unique achievement that stands out strikingly in the history of sport and sets a new benchmark for sporting prowess. The recipient will be a sportsman or sportswoman who has re-shaped the boundaries of sport and set new standards for those who follow.
Spirit of Sport
This is a special award presented at the discretion of the Laureus World Sports Academy which acknowledges a major achievement from the sporting year. This may encompass a sporting performance by an individual or team which has extended the boundaries of human achievement or has defied impossible odds. In exceptional circumstances it may also reflect the contribution made by an individual or a group, possibly over several years, which has made a significant and positive impact on sport.