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Laureus Sports Awards – 2014


On 26th March 2014, The Laureus World Sports Award for 2014 was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Awards were announced in seven categories. The winners are:

    Award

Winner Reference
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Sebastian Vettel

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Missy Franklin

US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. She is the first woman swimmer in history to win six gold medals at a single World Championships. She continues to refuse prize money and endorsements so that she can maintain her amateur status in college.

Laureus World Team of the Year Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is the first football club to complete the treble of UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Marc Márquez

Spain’s Marc Márquez received the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, after winning the World MotoGP Championship at just 20 years and 266 days. He also made history by becoming the youngest winner of a Grand Prix, in Austin in April, at 20 years 63 days.

Laureus World Comeback of the Year Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, returning after a seven-month absence because of injury to win the French Open and US Open Grand Slam titles and regain his No 1 world ranking.

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Marie Bochet

France’s Marie Bochet, aged 19, and is the first athlete to complete a Grand Slam of all five events at one Alpine Skiing World Championships.

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Jamie Bestwick

Britain’s BMX star Jamie Bestwick, is the only athlete in X Games history to win eight straight gold medals, two more than legends such as Tony Hawk and Shaun White.

There were two additional Awards:

The Laureus Spirit of Sport Award was presented to the Afghanistan Cricket Team for qualifying themselves in the Cricket World Cup.

The Laureus Sport for Good Award was presented to Magic Bus, the sports-based community project in India.

 About Laureus World Sports Awards

  • It is considered as the “Oscars of Sports”
  • It was established in 1999 by Daimler and Richemont and is supported by Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.
  • The Awards honours the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with the greatest sporting achievements throughout the year.
  • The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman, Sportswoman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback and Action Sports Awards selected based on the Laureus Media Selection Panel by secret ballot.
  • The panel consists of leading sports editors, writers, broadcasters and online journalists from around the world.
  • The Nominees for the Laureus World Sports person with a Disability Award are chosen by a specialist panel.
  • The Academy Members also have the power to present additional Discretionary Awards. Last year Sebastian Coe (Lifetime Achievement) and Michael Phelps (Exceptional Achievement) were honoured.
  • In 2009, the ceremony was cancelled due to economic crisis.
  • Nelson Mandela was the first Patron of the Laureus Awards, he also inspired the Laureus sport for good foundation

About Magic Bus

  • Magic Bus, is an innovative project that is transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of underprivileged children in India.
  • Magic Bus, founded by Matthew Spacie and based in Mumbai, aims to take children out of poverty through a programme of mentoring and coaching.
  • Magic Bus steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood.
  • It includes the “Activitiy Based Curriculum (ABC)” a unique model that uses games to make change. 40 sessions per year are held consisting lessons of, teach children about education, gender, health, and key issues affecting them.
  • Since 2001, the Magic Bus programme has grown to embrace over 300,000 children in 12 states each week, and Spacie’s ambition now is to reach out to one million children each week by 2016.
  • The MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination) campaign – Magic Bus partnership is inspired by Farhan Akhtar and Matthew Spacie’s collective drive to lay emphasis on gender awareness through education.


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