What is the Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award?

For the first time ever sports fans can be part of the Laureus World Sports Awards as we are introducing an exciting new Award. Voted for by sports fans around the world in a global online poll (only one vote per person), the new Laureus Best Sporting Moment Of The Year Award identifies the sporting moment which has most resonance with sports fans around the world. These moments look beyond the scoreboard or podium, they symbolise the true values of sport and bring to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.

Who are the Nominees for the Best Sporting Moment of 2016?

FAIR PLAY - January 5th:

At the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, US tennis player Jack Sock, leading 5:4 and 0-30, proves that sportsmanship isn’t dead as he advises Australian opponent Lleyton Hewitt to challenge an umpire’s decision that a service shot was out. Hewitt took Sock’s advice and asked for a review, when the shot was found to be in by officials. Hewitt went on to win the match 7-5, 6-4.

MAGICAL - July 5th:

“HUH”. The Icelandic national football team is met by a huge crowd in the country’s capital city of Reykjavik as they return from Euro 2016, where they sensationally reached the quarter-finals and knocked England out. The team travelled through the city on an open-top bus before holding a huge rally – during which the crowd of thousands took part in the so-called ‘Icelandic thunder clap’, which has been likened to a Viking war chant.

HEARTWARMING - July 10th:

It was a touching image that captured the hearts of football fans across Europe. A young Portuguese boy embraced a sobbing French man after France lost the Euro 2016 final in Paris to Portugal. 'I told him it's only a game”, said 10-year-old Matisse, “'I even told him 'Mr, don't worry, France has played a very good game. You have played very well. It's you who deserved the cup but our goalie Rui Patricio didn't allow it.” The video went viral and melted a million hearts.

SPORTMANSHIP - August 16th:

Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino were heralded for capturing the “Olympic spirit” when competing in the qualifying heat for the 5,000 metres. With 2,000 metres left to go, New Zealand athlete Hamblin tripped and fell, accidentally tripping up the USA’s D’Agostino too. The American soon got up and instead of running helped Hamblin before faltering on a clearly injured knee. D’Agostino later fell down again and so Hamblin helped her up and the two began to run the race together before embracing at the finish line. Both runners were awarded places in the final but D’Agostino was unable to participate due to the injury she sustained.

REMARKABLE - August 31th:

Barcelona’s under 12 team proved football really is a gentleman's game after they were consoling their Japanese rivals after beating them 1-0 in the final of the Junior Soccer World Challenge. Players from the local side Omiya Ardija looked visibly distraught at the final whistle, as the Barcelona team celebrated their win. It wasn't long before the Barcelona boys noticed and rushed to hug their rivals in a touching display of sportsmanship.

DRAMA - September 19th:

Exhausted Briton Jonny Brownlee needed to be helped over the finish line by brother Alistair in a dramatic end to the Triathlon World Series in Cozumel, Mexico. Leading with 700m left, Jonny, 26, began to weave over the road in hot and humid conditions. Second-placed Alistair, 28, caught his brother, propping him up for the final couple of hundred metres before pushing him over the line in second place. They were overtaken by South African Henri Schoeman, the eventual winner. Victory in Mexico would have given Jonny the world title, but second place left him just four points behind Mario Mola.

VIP TICKET COMPETITION

The VIP Ticket Competition for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award ended February 4 at 10am GMT. Voting for the Best Sporting Moment continues until February 14 at 6pm GMT. The winning Moment will be announced on Feb 14th at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

The VIP Ticket Competition for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award ended February 4 at 10am GMT.
We congratulate , and , who have won a once in a lifetime experience in Monaco. Enjoy a memorable evening at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2017.
Voting for the Best Sporting Moment continues until February 14 at 6pm GMT. The winning Moment will be announced on Feb 14th at the Awards Ceremony in Monaco.

What is #myLaureus?

We used #myLaureus to unveil the Host City of the Laureus World Sports Awards 2017. It was not just for fun – people also donated nearly $27.000 to the Laureus charity Sport For Good. But the fun isn’t over: now myLaureus.com hosts the newly created BEST SPORTING MOMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD!

What is Laureus?

Laureus stage the annual Laureus World Sports Awards, which honours the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good. Laureus Sport for Good uses the positive values of sport to fight violence, discrimination and disadvantage and improve the lives of young people around the world. At the first Awards Ceremony in Monaco in 2000, President Nelson Mandela said ‘sport has the power to change the world’, an idea that has become the driving force of Laureus ever since. Mandela’s words continue to inspire our work to help young people through community sports projects, more than 100 in more than 35 countries. At the heart of Laureus is the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of more than 60 of the greatest living sporting legends. Our Academy Members share a belief in the power of sport to break down barriers and bring people together.

What is the Laureus World Sports Awards?

The Laureus World Sports Awards honours the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen across all sports each year. The Awards Ceremony consists of seven categories: Sportsman, Sportswoman, Team, Comeback, Breakthrough, Action and Disability. At the first Awards Ceremony in Monaco in 2000, President Nelson Mandela said ‘sport has the power to change the world’, an idea that has become the driving force of Laureus ever since. Mandela’s words continue to inspire our work to help young people through community sports projects, more than 100 in more than 35 countries.

What is Laureus Sport for Good?


Laureus Sport for Good is a charity which uses the positive values of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage and improve the lives of young people around the world. It is proving that sport can change the world. Laureus Sport for Good supports over 100 sport for development organisations in more than 35 countries, using sport to address six key focus areas aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Health, Education, Women and Girls, Employability, Inclusive Society and Peaceful Society. If you want to learn more about Sport for Good projects, please visit www.laureus.com/foundation

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