First, let’s just define what are awards ceremonies there for.
An awards ceremony makes people feel that their work is valued. It shows approval and gratitude for each person’s good job, and it makes people aware that good work will be rewarded.
CELEBRATING THE BEST OF SPORT
The Laureus World Sports Awards are the ultimate sporting accolade – not just for achievement on the pitch, track or court but for the impact athletes and sport can make around the world.
Laureus has 3 core elements:
1. LAUREUS SPORT OF GOOD
Founded under the patronage of Nelson Mandela, Organisation uses sport as a powerful and cost-effective tool to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage in their lives.
Over the last 20 years Laureus Sport for Good has raised more than €150m for the Sport for Development sector. Also together with their partners, it helped change the lives of almost 6 million children and young people.
2. LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS
The annual event honours the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good.
Shortlists for six categories (Sportswoman, Sportsman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback and Action) are created by votes from more than 1,000 sports media from over 70 countries. The shortlist for World Athlete of the Year with a Disability is provided by the International Paralympic Committee.
The Laureus World Sports Academy (a unique group of sporting legends) votes for the winners in each shortlisted category. The Academy also has the ability to grant discretionary awards, such as the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.
A global public vote determines the winner of the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year award, which honours one inspiring story that encapsulates the power of sport to inspire and bring people together.
3. LAUREUS ACADEMY AND AMBASSADORS
The Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique group of sporting legends. Each of them have reached the very highest level of achievement and collectively created many of sports most iconic moments.
Each year, under the chairmanship of former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, the Academy members come together to perform the vital role of voting for the winners of the Laureus Awards. This endorsement from an iconic group of sporting legends helps to make the Awards the most prestigious in global sport.
There are a total of 69 members and 235 ambassadors as part of the Laureus Academy and Ambassadors vertical.
Following are the winners of the 1st Laureus World Sports Awards held in Monaco, 2000:
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR – Tiger Woods (Golf)
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR – Marion Jones (Athletics)*
LAUREUS WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR – Manchester United (Football)
LAUREUS WORLD COMEBACK OF THE YEAR – Lance Armstrong (Cycling)*
LAUREUS WORLD BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR – Sergio Garcia (Golf)
LAUREUS WORLD ACTION SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR – Shaun Palmer (Snowboarder)
LAUREUS SPORTS PERSON WITH DISABILITY – Louise Savage (Paralympic Wheelchair racer)
LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD AWARD – Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Founder of Special Olympics, was a pioneer in the worldwide struggle for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities)
*later rescinded due to failed drug tests
Laureus is 21 years old and is maturing with every passing year. It’s contribution to society is growing rapidly and becoming more meaningful and effective.
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawy but by all means, KEEP MOVING.” – Martin Luther King Jr.