Wigan honoured at awards show

Bradley Wiggins arriving for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2013
Bradley Wiggins arriving for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2013

WIGAN was honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards following the town’s amazing sporting year.

A part of the programme focused on the town’s achievements on the pitch with Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup win in May and Warriors’ Super League and Challenge Cup double.

The BBC stated: “It would be a gross understatement to say 2013 has not been a bad year for Wigan.

“First, the Lancashire town’s football club – Wigan Athletic – won the FA Cup before rugby league counterparts Wigan Warriors won both Super League and the Challenge Cup.”

Although not mentioned in the programme, seen in the audience was Wigan Harrier Hayley Jones, a member of the Great Britain 4x100m relay team which won bronze at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in August.

Wigan’s other sporting achievements include golfer David Lynn winning the Portugal Masters in October and a host of players and staff representing England in both codes of rugby this autumn.

Wiganers Andy Farrell and Paul Stridgeon were on the coaching staff of the British and Irish Lions rugby union team in the successful summer tour of Australia which earned the Lions the Team of the Year Award – Farrell’s son Owen made seven appearances on tour.

Also present was England netball vice captain Sara Bayman, Jenny Meadows and former Harrier Amy Spencer.

The sister of former Warriors prop Tom, she was the first winner of the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2001 for being a world under-18 silver medallist in the 100 and 200m despite still having two years left in her age group.

Shaun Wane and the Wigan players were also guests at Sunday’s awards show.

Last year’s Sports Personality of the Year winner Sir Bradley Wiggins was on hand to announce jockey AP McCoy, who reached 4,000 winners this year, and British Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny as third-place and runner-up for the main award.

‘Honourary Wiganer’ Wiggins, who was awarded his knighthood last week, announced Wimbledon champion Andy Murray as this year’s winner. Murray was unable to receive the award due to training commitments in Florida.